November 3, 2009 8:54 a.m.
Toyota one of the leaders of the car industry in the US is ignoring calls for investigating the problem that their cars suddenly take off and accelerate up to 120 miles per hour. The driver has no control of the car and cannot stop the car which has caused deaths in some cases.
On August 28 Mark Saylor the California Highway Patrol cop in San Diego tried to stop his Toyota Lexus ES 350 with his wife, daughter and his brother in law on board while his 272 horsepower car drove them to their deaths. They screamed in horror and said “ were in trouble there’s no brakes” as he hit another vehicle slammed into an embankment and died along with all the other passengers.
These deaths add to the 5 other fatal crashes over two years in Toyota cars, which suddenly speed up and cause the vehicle to be out of control at high speeds. Elizabeth James experienced the same horrific problem when she tried to stop her Toyota Prius model in Denver Colorado. Elizabeth had her foot on the brake and not the gas petal and her experience was not driver error.
The 2009 Lexus ES one of the luxury Toyota models has a complex electronic computer system which may be the cause of the problem. The Toyota corporation seems to blame this fault on the car’s floor mats which can cover the accelerator pedal. If not the floor mats Toyota is blaming driver error rather than recalling their defective cars. Toyota has recalled its floor mat parts and assembly but not the electronic system which is more likely costly to replace or repair.
Similar to the Firestone tire defects of a few years ago Toyota is ignoring the recall to its own detriment and causing Toyota cars to become branded as dangerous and runaway vehicles defective due to the electronic components which affect the transmission.
Other vehicle systems such as the transmission and braking system and throttle are said to make it difficult even for the best driver to stop a car that suddenly accelerates to 120 miles per hour. Some car designers indicate that the ignition, transmission and braking systems may prohibit the driver from escaping and recovering from a runaway Toyota.
Other theories are that the Toyota vehicles have an electro-magnet problem in the vehicle’s computer system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA have not found any problems yet.
Yet another driver Mr. Bulent Ezal also from California was thrown in his back seat when his car drove him off a 100 foot cliff which killed his wife but he survived the crash. Ezal heard his wife’s screams before her death as his car drove him off a cliff to which Toyota’s response was he had his foot on the gas petal. Now what driver would put his foot on the gas petal near a cliff in California to cause the vehicle to drive him and his wife to their deaths?
Car experts say not to tap the brakes if your car is a Toyota with this defect here are some tips:
1) Do not tap on the brakes -hit them hard.
2) Do not shut off the engine for this cuts off your steering and other controls.
3) Put the car in neutral.
4) Put the emergency brake on to stop the car.
5) Pray and pray hard.
Where are the government agencies are why are they allowing these defective cars to continue killing consumers? Why are they allowing Toyota to get away with not recalling their defective vehicles which are obviously not a floor mat problem? Toyota vehicles lack a safety control system in the computerized engine which are either unknown to Toyota or are being ignored in favor of profit. Toyota must look hard at its choices here or face the wrath of consumer lawsuits and negative brand confidence.
The best scenario is for the federal authorities to make it a law to all automakers including Toyota that all vehicles will and must have an emergency cut off to be installed on all cars.
All these drivers need is the insurance company’s to deny claims because the car was over the speed limit. More disastrous with runaway cars to come and not due to driver error.
More consumers are rebelling against Toyota’s denials of defects as ABC will do an expose on the over 16 deaths and 200 accidents due to the defects in Toyota cars. If Toyota wants to be number 1 in the car industry they must obey the laws of the US just like all the other car manufacturers have and admit their mistakes.
More importantly Toyota must fix their problems instead of blaming consumers for their own deaths. Recalling Toyota cars for the wrong reason namely floor mats ignores this nightmare of runaway Toyota cars. Toyota offered their condolences to the dead drivers and recalled 3.8 million cars for floor mats only.
This is a promo video on the Toyota designs but no mention of safety features.
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