I read some post somewhere that said that Toyota's cost benefit analysis included the reasoning that since most people who were caught in the unintended acceleration ended up dead, they could just chalk it up to driver error and not have to deal with it.
Henry Waxman is a fucking idiot who I guarantee hasn't read whatever report he is criticizing and wouldn't understand it if he did.
Would this be an issue in a manual car? If the throttle suddenly stuck in a manual gearbox vehicle under my control I would simply depress the clutch, place the vehicle in neutral, apply brakes and turn off engine, whilst avoiding the steering lock. After pulling over I'd try a restart in neutral and if it continued then contact the dealer or a mechanic.
havanicesummer, I think that "the average driver" could be trained in the use of that button, just like they're trained in the use of a gas pedal and steering wheel in the operation of a two ton metal machine that has more destructive kinetic energy imbued in it than a stick of dynamite. I think a sentence would do the trick: "Don't push that button unless the car experiences runaway acceleration." I mean, we have licenses and tests and all.
"I put the car into all available gears, including neutral," she recalled about her fruitless attempt to slow the car down. Ms. Smith says she even put the car into reverse, in which position the gearshift remained as the car quickly reached a speed of 100mph.
Instead, after repeated calls by Ms. Smith, they were sent a 5-sentence letter by Toyota that included the statement:
"When properly maintained, the brakes will always override the accelerator," implying that the cause of her sudden acceleration was a problem of poorly maintained brakes.
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