Terrified Driver of Runaway Toyota Prius Speeding Over 90 MPH, Calls 911
March 9, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-A terrified driver of a Toyota Prius called 911 in a panic on Monday, after the gas pedal on his hybrid vehicle became stuck and he raced along a California highway at speeds exceeding 90 miles per hour. This latest incident of lethal accelerator problems in Toyota vehicles, came on the same day that Toyota executives held a press conference to announce that they found no flaws in the company’s vehicle electronics and software. Toyota spokesman Mike Michels declared, “We’re confident in our electronic throttle control systems.” Good to know. It’s doubtful that the driver of the out of control Prius, James Sikes, 61, feels as confident as Toyota executives do. Thankfully, no one was hurt, and the California Highway Patrol was able to assist Sikes in slowing the vehicle, until he was able to safely coast to a complete stop.
Sikes called for help with his runaway 2008 Prius at about 1:30 p.m. yesterday, as he was speeding eastbound on Interstate 8 in San Diego County. California Highway Patrol officer Larry Landeros, said Sikes was “reaching speeds over 90 miles per hour.”
Sikes explained in a news conference after the incident, that his gas pedal became stuck when he was attempting to pass a car on the highway. “I pushed the gas pedal to pass a car and it did something kind of funny . . . it jumped and it just stuck there,” Sikes, 61, said. “As it was going, I was trying the brakes . . . it wasn’t stopping.”
A CHP officer was able to catch up to Sike’s speeding vehicle and use a loudspeaker to shout out instructions to the terrified driver, to apply his emergency brake at the same time he used his brake pedal. Once the Prius’ dropped to about 50 mph, Sikes was able to turn off the engine, and coasted to a stop.
Toyota says it will investigate the incident. Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons said, “We’re sending a field technical specialist to San Diego to investigate the car and find out what happened.” “We won’t be able to comment on what any possible problems with the car were until we take a look at the car,” Lyons added.
Sike’s 2008 Prius was not part of a Toyota recall.
Sudden acceleration problems in Toyota vehicles have been linked to nearly 50 deaths.
Source: LA Times