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#1 of 244 Sienna Uncontrolled Acceleration
Nov 28, 2006 (8:47 pm)
Today while parking my van infront of a building, with my foot lightly on the brake- my van accelerated uncontrollably and smasjed into the building. Luckily I was only 2-3' away from the building- and no one was infront of me. The reving noise and speed at which I hit the building was shocking. I was afraid to drive it, suffered some whip lash and had it towed to a dealer. They have said they can't find anything wrong thru the diagnostic testing. I'm afraid to drive it again- Has this happened to anyone else? Searching the web I found that it has happened to other toyota models..
#2 of 244 Re: Sienna Uncontrolled Acceleration [jul333]
by claires HOST
Nov 30, 2006 (1:05 am)
jul333, if you haven't done so already, you might want to file a report with the NHTSA, and check to see if others have filed similar issues.
#3 of 244 Re: Sienna Uncontrolled Acceleration [claires]
Nov 30, 2006 (5:33 am)
Thanks- I haven't done so yet- I've been forcing Toyota to send engineers out to look at the van. I will file a report- Thanks for the link.
#4 of 244 Re: Sienna Uncontrolled Acceleration [jul333]
Nov 30, 2006 (9:05 am)
There have incidents with reverse. See the below. Tanker:
NHTSA Investigates Uncontrolled Acceleration in Toyotas
August 11, 2005
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation of several Toyota models because of uncontrollable and unintended acceleration while the vehicle is in reverse.
The agency has received 13 reports of accidents because of the uncontrollable acceleration.
NHTSA has received complaints involving the Camry, Solara, Lexus, ES, ES 300, ES 330 losing throttle control while the vehicle is reversing out of a driveway. The vehicles were all manufactured between 2000 and 1005.
There have so far been no fatalities associated with the problem.
A defect investigation often but not always leads to a vehicle recall.
#5 of 244 Re: Sienna Uncontrolled Acceleration [tanker5]
Nov 30, 2006 (10:28 am)
Yes- I did read that on the internet. I'd like to find out what was detected to be the problem and how it was fixed. Any ideas on how to research that?
#6 of 244 Re: Sienna Uncontrolled Acceleration [jul333]
Nov 30, 2006 (7:57 pm)
You'll have to either contact Toyota at their site, www.Consumeraffairs.com or www.nhtsa.dot.gov or phone 888-327-4236. An experienced mechanic will be able to relate some possible solutions. Uncontrolled acceleration with computer chip and processor controls isnot a new problem. I has occur with previous cars when you start up and shift it immediately into gear when rpms are still rising and dials adjusting. Electrons do funny things if you don't let the processors do their thing before providing new inputs.
#7 of 244 Uncontrolled Rapid Acceleration (Lexus)
Feb 03, 2007 (9:13 am)
On 1/31/07 while slowly reversing up a sloped driveway, my 1992 Lexus 400SC suddenly accelerated rapidly and uncontrollably. It felt as if I was in a rocket ship! Although I slammed on the brakes, I could not stop in time to avoid a car parked in the driveway. Luckily, there were no injuries (grandson was in car). This is my first accident in 42 years. While I hear that some conclude that I mistook the accelerator for the brake, I KNOW that's not true. My foot was on the accelerator to begin with since I was slowing giving the car gas to climb the incline. Weather conditions were clear, no obstacles on the floor, and I was wearing normal shoes... no boots or heels. This accident was NOT my fault, but I don't know how to prove this since the problem is intermittent. I have filed an incident report with both the police department and NHTSA and have sent a certified letter to Lexus in CA. However, there is strength in numbers and need to hear from others who have experienced this frightening experience.
#8 of 244 Re: Uncontrolled Rapid Acceleration (Lexus) [snevets23]
Feb 03, 2007 (9:28 am)
Hi- I know exactly what you mean...Many people asked me the same questions re my Sienna van..I knew what I did and I refused to acknowledge anything else. Toyota sent out engineers to review the van...I'd make sure this happens..I had my van towed form the scene and refused to take it back until something was done. The engineers couldn't find anything..so I asked the 'male' managers, since the van is so 'safe' how would they like their wives to switch cars with me- so their family could drive around in the van- I kept telling them I didn't feel safe driving the van..Luckily they worked with me and I traded into a new Sienna van...
The police dept in Beverly Ma is currently investigating a horrific incident where a new cruiser (with documented uncontrollable acceleratin problems) took off on an officer and drove thru another car- killing the woman driver...
Demand attention to this problem...Good luck!
#9 of 244 Uncontrolled Rapid Acceleration
Feb 03, 2007 (9:42 am)
Thank you for your update and words of encourgement. I feel as though I'm just at the beginning of an uphill battle to prove my innocence and learn the truth. I plan to inquire of the Beverly, MA accident, but, by any chance, do you know the make of the cruiser involved? Thanks again!
#10 of 244 Re: Sienna Uncontrolled Acceleration [jul333]
Feb 22, 2007 (1:44 pm)
This happened to our 2006 Sienna yesterday--my wife was about to stop the car while parking it, suddenly it accelerated (very fast!) and knocked down a tree and scratched a couple of parked cars. The bumper was damaged and the right side dented. My wife is a careful driver (with two toddlers inside!) and she is very sure she did nothing wrong. I am very concerned to drive it again if the repair shop cannot find defect with the van..... Ben