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Toyota recalls vehicles because of "unintended acceleration".
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: January 30, 2010 04:06PM
Yeah, yeah, old news.

Except that with the factory-dealer back and fourth, it's newer old news. It seems like every network and news radio show is talking about it once again.

But I've noticed that with all the mention of the potential danger, not one broadcast source has offered any kind of advice about what to do if one finds their self in such a situation. No experts (do they *not* know about MRF?!!) were consulted, no references made.

Some newsies made mention of the potential danger, still no remedy. At least none that I saw.

I suppose liability is a real concern, but it's still disappointing that nobody addressed any defensive action.




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Re: Toyota recalls vehicles because of "unintended acceleration".
Posted by: wurm
Date: January 30, 2010 04:15PM
Even stranger are the continued ads for Toyotas from the local and regional dealers. Great deals, though. rolleyes smiley
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Re: Toyota recalls vehicles because of "unintended acceleration".
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: January 30, 2010 04:22PM
Another thread on the same subject as below.

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BTW: One Charlotte new station actually rode with someone and showed people what to do.



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 01/30/2010 04:27PM by Grateful11.
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Re: Toyota recalls vehicles because of "unintended acceleration".
Posted by: Doc
Date: January 30, 2010 04:42PM
This is the thread that covers "what to do when your Toyota decides to kill you."
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Re: Toyota recalls vehicles because of "unintended acceleration".
Posted by: Jack D.
Date: January 30, 2010 06:28PM
Here in the Boston area our talking news heads did a small segment on how to deal with the problem. Shift to neutral and work the brakes, don't shut the key off lest you lock the steering wheel and unintentionally drive off a cliff, call the dealer when the car rolls to a stop. Much better advice than dialing 911 at 130mph and hoping they'll send a car in the next 12 seconds to help.



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Re: Toyota recalls vehicles because of "unintended acceleration".
Posted by: artie67
Date: January 30, 2010 07:34PM
NPR and LATimes say do not "work" the brakes" , just use what ever force, one leg or two to stop the car. "Pumping" the brakes loses the vacuum and it will take longer to stop. Remember modern engines have "limiters" and the engine will not explode.
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Re: Toyota recalls vehicles because of "unintended acceleration".
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: January 30, 2010 08:33PM
I've always heard pumping the brakes of a vehicle with ABS will confuse the ABS system
and it will take a few seconds to reset each time you press the pedal. At least that's what
the Motorweek guys on PBS said.
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Re: Toyota recalls vehicles because of "unintended acceleration".
Posted by: Dakota
Date: January 31, 2010 09:25AM
Does anyone know if the problem is repeatable? Someone should filming while it happens.



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Re: Toyota recalls vehicles because of "unintended acceleration".
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: January 31, 2010 03:30PM
I've heard it's so uncommon you might have to film for a few years.
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Re: Toyota recalls vehicles because of "unintended acceleration".
Posted by: Janit
Date: January 31, 2010 04:11PM
If the problem were easy to repeat, it would have been identified and fixed long ago. It's these intermittent hard-to-recreate problems that are the real bears to solve -- the mechanics all go through a long period of "it's all in your head" explanations until someone actually figures out the problem and how to reproduce it.
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Re: Toyota recalls vehicles because of "unintended acceleration".
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: January 31, 2010 04:26PM
Well, it's nice to see at least one official source of "What to do in an emergency".

Now I'd like to see that with every TV/Radio mention of the problem. Just talking about pedal fixes and software isn't enough.




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must suffer with him.

Everybody matters or nobody matters.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

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Re: Toyota recalls vehicles because of "unintended acceleration".
Posted by: decocritter
Date: January 31, 2010 05:28PM
One report said to brake "normally" ...
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