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Video: Toyota shares Prius demo video to disprove unintended acceleration claims

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Video: Toyota shares Prius demo video to disprove unintended acceleration claims

03/10/2010, 2:53 PMBY MARK KLEIS

Toyota’s official twitter account has shared a new video that appears to have been filmed by a Toyota salesman. The video is intended to show drivers how they can disengage the vehicle’s transmission by shifting into neutral at highway speeds, as well as how the brakes should override the accelerator during normal conditions.

Although Toyota doesn’t appear to have produced this video, they did share the creator’s “Tweet” – indicating at least on some level that they approve of the message.

The driver, who identifies himself as Sean, appears to be a car salesman from Leith Toyota in Raleigh, North Carolina, based on the account that posted the video. Sean first shows that the 2008 Toyota Prius can be shifted from Drive into Neutral even while accelerating above legal freeway speeds. The video was filmed with the Prius operating under normal conditions, with all inputs being directed by the driver.

This video was filmed just one day after an incident in San Diego, California, in which a driver reported that his Toyota Prius accelerated out of control. The Prius maintained speeds over 90 mph while it covered 30 miles on the 8 East freeway, before the California Highway Patrol was able to advise the driver to combine the use of the foot brake, emergency brake and a steep grade to bring the vehicle to a halt.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/video-toyota-shares-prius-demo-video-to-disprove-unintended-acceleration-claims.html

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Yeah, he's having to hold the selector to keep it in Neutral. It doesn't just stay in Neutral if you let off of the selector.

If tapping on the brakes did not override the throttle as in the San Diego incident, then that definitely points to some form of a massive electronic control system failure being the root cause of all of this.

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If tapping on the brakes did not override the throttle as in the San Diego incident, then that definitely points to some form of a massive electronic control system failure being the root cause of all of this.

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Full-throttle, brakes on, engine power cut, release brakes. Repeat several times. Voila, you get smelly brakes.

This story is like Balloon Boy 2.0.

Yeah, he's having to hold the selector to keep it in Neutral. It doesn't just stay in Neutral if you let off of the selector.

If tapping on the brakes did not override the throttle as in the San Diego incident, then that definitely points to some form of a massive electronic control system failure being the root cause of all of this.

Once to put it in neutral, it stays in neutral, even though the selector goes to its default position.

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Full-throttle, brakes on, engine power cut, release brakes. Repeat several times. Voila, you get smelly brakes.

This story is like Balloon Boy 2.0.

Except that was a hoax, and this clearly isn't, as evidenced by the interview and testimony given by the CHP officer involved in helping stop this latest runaway Toyota. The brakes were completely gone on the car, and the officer said the driver was visibly in shock, shaking uncontrollably, and had to be taken to the hospital for chest tightening.

Hello dude, this isn't a hoax. There's no kid puking on Good Morning America this time, and a CHP officer wouldn't mistake decent-to-excellent acting for real terror, adrenaline rush and shock, because the police experience the real reactions of civilians on a daily basis.

And what about the man from a few weeks ago who had it happen to him while driving who modulated between neutral and drive all the way to the dealership to demonstrate the problem to the service dept.?

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Once to put it in neutral, it stays in neutral, even though the selector goes to its default position.

Oh, so it isn't mechanically being shifted into neutral then, it's just an electronic switch. So if the vehicle electronics short-circuit as has been posited, then it stands to reason that maybe the electronic shifter wouldn't necessarily always perform flawlessly, either?

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