Runaway Toyota Prius needs patrol car’s help to stop

If Toyota wanted any more proof as to how dangerous those sticky accelerator pedals can be, they can look no further at this traffic incident that occurred in San Diego where the driver of a Toyota Prius placed an emergency 911 call because the accelerator of his Prius ‘jumped’ and he couldn’t do anything to make the car slow down.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the runaway Prius was travelling on Interstate 8 near San Diego when the accelerator of hybrid inexplicably got stuck leaving the driver, 61-year old James Sikes, in a high-speed, no-stopping vehicle. Fortunately, the CHP responded quickly and as soon as they caught up with the Prius, put their patrol car in front of the Prius and used it slow down the hybrid car before coming to a stop near the La Post Bridge with the patrol car directly in front of it.

Here’s the news report that was given by NBC’s local San Diego affiliate who was able to get a few words from Sikes as he explained exactly what happened to his Toyota Prius.


Source: NBC

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  (777) posted on 05.26.2011

Well, its bad to think that all the blame should be put in the Toyota though they have a slight responsibility to the accident. I hope they have update this news and its almost one year ago.. I just wonder what happen to this case.

  (453) posted on 05.26.2011

90 mph? Oh no! That’s too dangerous but its a good thing that no serious thing happens to him still he is lucky! I think this is not the first accident about the defective accelerator pedal of Toyota car!

  (221) posted on 08.25.2010

That’s the problem with Toyota Prius, doesn’t they double check it after production

  (18) posted on 06.9.2010

okay amist all the toyota jokes and what not I got to at least defend toyota on this one...They are not the only ones that have recalls Gm is recalling 1.5 million cars(I believe) becaues of a windshield washer system issue...Every car manufacturer has their recalls Toyota’s no different dodge’s biggest mistake was hiring Bob Nardelli as their CEO given his track record

GM’s issue is they had too many brands under one roof

Ford’s issue? well its just ford..

driftman  (9) posted on 03.23.2010

that is true, the car has little power and he says the brakes can’t stop the car.

driftman  (815) posted on 03.14.2010

i can’t imagine a less 100HP car can become uncontrollable, well blaming toyota wouldn’t help to solve this problem.

driftman  (13) posted on 03.12.2010

so they can overcome thier mistakes.... n i think they r doing well ....

driftman  (13) posted on 03.12.2010

@jerrygrant.....totally disagree wd .... wht do really mean... if the car makers made mistake so they shud stop their production n getr off thier work forever .... y man....
remember always mistakes are made by man.... n always there shud b the chance given for thier mistake...

driftman  (344) posted on 03.10.2010

I’ll probably say what the dude has said “I will never drive this car again”. When the news broke about Toyota cars having problems with it’s acceleration pedal technology, I have been doubtful of choosing a Toyota as a new car let alone drive one (I haven’t driven any new Toyota still). I really wonder on why people still wait for events like this specially when they know that there is a problem with the car. I don’t even know why I still see a lot of brand new Toyota cars out there when it is known almost everyone that there is a problem with the manufactured cars.

Uncia  (868) posted on 03.10.2010

This guy was completely faking it. This last generation Prius is not affected; people have been driving these for years without complaint, and this guy just wanted attention by trying to get another model falsely added to the recall list.

driftman  (9) posted on 03.10.2010

I agree, the guy was pretty stupid to not put the car in neutral, turned the car off, or ,uhh, oh yeah, USE THE BRAKES. Toyota is not the only car company to make mistakes.

driftman  (1) posted on 03.10.2010

I don’t understand why the guy didn’t just put the car in neutral or turn the engine off.

driftman  (13) posted on 03.10.2010

n whereas the discussion of toyota older thn 10 years....i’d say tht u myt have holidays in GCC Countries thn u would know tht countless aged toyotas are running on roads of those countries....n on other side the sale of newer models of toyota is still raising....

driftman  (13) posted on 03.10.2010

@Uncia... i agree wd u...
Toyota Is known for their Reliability....they did mistake n they have paid for tht mistake heavily...

driftman  (379) posted on 03.9.2010

@ CamaroMNIac - well that’s rude to say, there are no such thing as perfect dude, GM, Ford, Nissan etc did some errors to. I’m not being bias, toyota has also made a mistake by acting so late.

Uncia  (868) posted on 03.9.2010

You’ve never seen a Toyota over ten years old? Give me a break. Yes, this recall is in terms of size the worst in automotive history, but they’re handling it well and I’d still never buy anything else. Just because they media says that Toyota is trying to hide it doesn’t mean they are; the owners received a safety letter in the mail regarding the mats/accelerator pedals in November. If you average everything together, Toyota still has the highest reliability rating of any manufacturer, even with this recall. I would never trust anything other than a Toyota.

Uncia  (2) posted on 03.9.2010

This is why i will never EVER trust toyota and i barely did before plus i have never seen a toyota that is older than 10 years

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