Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 53749
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2022/08/07 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2010/3/9-30 [Transportation/Car, Transportation/Car/Hybrid] UID:53749 Activity:nil
3/9     "Prius with stuck accelerator glides to safe stop"
        "After the car decelerated to about 50 mph, Sikes turned off the
        engine and coasted to a halt."  Hmm, then why didn't he turn off the
        engine when the car was going at 94mph?
2022/08/07 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

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Driver James Sikes talks about his experiences in his Toyota Prius during a news AP - Driver James Sikes talks about his experiences in his Toyota Prius during a news conference held at Toyota ... By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press Writer Elliot Spagat, Associated Press Writer - 35 mins ago EL CAJON, Calif. A day after state troopers helped the car slow to a stop and its driver to emerge unharmed, Toyota could shed no new light on what might have gone wrong. The Prius is not part of Toyota's vast recall of gas pedals that can become stuck, but it is covered by an earlier recall of floor mats that can catch the accelerator. The freeway incident happened at the worst possible time for Toyota -- just hours after it invited reporters Monday to hear experts insist that electronic flaws could not cause cars to speed out of control under real driving conditions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent two investigators to examine the car, a government spokeswoman said. spokesman Brian Lyons said the automaker is sending three of its own technicians to investigate. Another Toyota spokesman, John Hanson, said the company wanted to talk to the driver, James Sikes. His car, a 2008 model, was covered by the floor mat recall, but the driver in Monday's incident said the pedal jammed and was not trapped under the mat. Sikes told authorities he was driving on Interstate 8 outside San Diego when the accelerator became stuck. He said the car reached 94 mph before a trooper, calling out instructions from a megaphone, helped him slow down and turn off the engine. Sikes' wife, Patty, said Tuesday the family's Prius appeared to have a brief accelerator malfunction a few weeks ago. 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