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You are in the Toyota Sienna
What is this discussion about?
#168 of 244 Re: Sienna Uncontrolled Acceleration [injured]
Mar 09, 2010 (6:46 am)
I had a similar situation with my 2003 sienna, it was luck that i got it under control. The dealer kept telling me about a year ago that it was in my head and they had no code to show it. The frigging jerks toyota told me that it was a problem with the way i drive, hell i have been driving for 55 years and never had that happen. It shakes you up when your car takes off wide open without you pushing the accelerator.
I send another reply to toyota after a 800 dollar bill to replace parts, i will never own another piece of crap that toyota puts out, they should be put out of business and we should all buy american.
#169 of 244 Re: Sienna Uncontrolled Acceleration [papa_mimi]
Mar 09, 2010 (7:46 am)
FWIW Siennas are made in Indiana by american workers.
CTS is also an american company.
#170 of 244 Re: Roger Carmicahel, BSME Avionics engr [box1car]
Mar 09, 2010 (9:50 am)
Do you know if all Toyota's that have gone out of control
have had BlueTooth installed? Have any that have not had
BlueTooth installed had the same issue of going out of control?
Are all cars that have gone out of control from a large metro
area or had recently before the out of control issue been
through a large metro area?
#172 of 244 Neutral?
Mar 09, 2010 (2:23 pm)
The latest story of guy in SoCal in the Prius today.
The news stated that he tried EVERYTHING when speaking to the 911 dispatcher. I would be that shifting into Neutral was one of them. (didn't say)
However, this is not the first time that I heard that shifting into Neutral did NOT work. Is the shifter "throttle by wire" also? In other words, is it purely an electronic system where the position of the shifter engages an electronic control of the transmission? If so, then shifting to Neutral may be all for naught as the "ghost in the machine" overrides that command and continues with the acceleration.
We have a 2008 Sienna Limited AWD. Really getting concerned...
1. How is the accelerator any different for the Sienna than the recalled models?
2. Apparently, latest reports are that the recall fix does not work.
3. Neutral may not work.
#173 of 244 Re: Neutral? [s4f4m]
Mar 10, 2010 (8:52 am)
Sorry, that is incorrect...
I saw an interview with him and he admitted that shifting to neutral was NOT attempted, though he explained that he was under pressure and not thinking straight.
The dispatcher actually did make the suggestion, but he did NOT try a shift to neutral.
I heard the 911 call and an interview with the driver, who openly admits this.
To be very clear, some car mags have tested it and :
NUETRAL DOES WORK.
#174 of 244 More info on Prius case...
Mar 10, 2010 (9:00 am)
The 911 Operator asks him:
"Is there a way for you to take the car out of gear".
He didn't respond to that, instead saying:
"I can't hold the *** **** phone!"
So he may have put the phone down, but definitely did not hear that advice.
The police officer pulled up next to him and gave the following instructions in order:
* put the foot on the brake pedal
* push emergency brake
* press Off button
Later, in interviews, he confirmed that he did not attempt to put it in Neutral.
The 911 Operator had it right, but he couldn't hear that instruction.
The cop should have said HOLD the off button, not just press. And he never gave the instruction to try Neutral.
I'm a bit shocked that with all the attention on this case the driver and police officer didn't know to try that.
#175 of 244 Video confirms neutral was not used
Mar 10, 2010 (9:09 am)
Cop says he had the idea to try both the brakes and the emergency brakes, nothing about shifting to Neutral.
Where is the bang-head emotorcon?
The driver also said he "hit" the off button. He should have held it for 3 seconds.
#176 of 244 Recent Prius incident
Mar 11, 2010 (9:03 am)
The whole story is so bizarre and has so many holes... One cannot help wondering if many people are going to (or already started to) try to milk this hysterical situation.
#177 of 244 Prius, Toyota, Lexus, Sudden Acceleration
Mar 11, 2010 (9:29 am)
Why is there so much emphasis on this web site as to what the Prius driver should have done or what the cop should have said to the driver, etc. The BOTTOM LINE is WHY is this happening in the first place with cars such as Lexus, Toyota, etc? and what is being done to prevent this in the future? You "Monday morning quarterbacks" have NO idea what the situtation is like unless you have experienced it such as poor souls as myself and all the others who have encountered this nightmare. Some of us had only seconds to react while others did have a longer timespan -- all the while being in panic mode. Maybe, cars such as Lexus and Toyota should offer a new feature...once their cars race into uncontrolled, sudden acceleration, a flashing light appears instructing the traumatized drivers to attempt putting the car into neutral. Another option would be not to purchase the cars at all to avoid the possibility!!. Been there, done that, and.don't wish to return. After all, first time...shame on you, second time...shame on me! A FORMER Lexus owner