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#222 of 244 Re: Feeling validated [sekots]
Oct 22, 2010 (7:50 am)
I can't believe I am reading all of this. I have a 2009 Toyota Sienna, and yesterday, 10/21/10, I was driving very slowly through a parking lot after having dropped off my daughter's soccer carpool. I made a hard left turn into a parking space and angled it pretty hard because I was ultimately almost making a U-turn to go in the opposite direction that I had come from. I was not touching the gas pedal, but had my foot on the brake gently while turning. As I stepped on the brake to stop and put the van into reverse so that I could back out and finish the complete turn around, I noticed my van still rolling toward the car ahead of me- but slowly. I stepped on the brake harder and my van lunged forward and slammed into the car. I am very confused because I am positive that I applied the brakes and not the gas but it makes not sense to me. I assumed that I was wrong because logic states that I must be wrong, but I was so upset because I knew I had stepped on the brakes. I refused to drive the van home. I got into the van this morning to get a feel of where the gas pedal is compared to the brake, and this has further assured me that I pressed on the brakes! They are not that close and you would have to have your foot fairly far to the right which feels completely different. I am not sure what to do. Is there any new news on this?
#223 of 244 Re: It just happened to me [meetoo]
Oct 22, 2010 (8:05 am)
Did you ever get this resolved? I am not sure what to do, and I don't want to drive my van anymore. I have 3 children and I feel so certain that I pressed on the brake when my van surged that I just want to find out the truth! Are the new Toyotas safe? I tend to think "no" since Toyota does not seem to be taking responsibility for any of these.
#224 of 244 Re: Feeling validated [julietteh]
Oct 22, 2010 (10:49 am)
I read with interest your dilemma. I have a 2010 Sienna, which for all intents and purposes, is identical to your 2009 (except for model year - no changes that would make mine any different than yours). At the beginning of this year, I took a cross-country trip to the west coast and back, but did NOT have any issues. However, with all the reports going on, and having my Sienna checked when we got back, I wanted to know if the gas pedal assembly was one of the "problem children" involved in the recall, even though Toyota said no in the advertised recall models. The checkout said it was a different assembly, so not to worry.
But, when I read what happened to you, and the Toyota position that their electronics is NOT at fault and won't cause any sudden unintended acceleration, I still have the same concern that you now just experienced. We drove back east with the "shift into neutral" and "press the brakes" message engraved into our minds, just in case, even though it didn't happen.
I also believe that you didn't hit the gas by mistake, though neither of us can prove it. If you did hit the gas by mistake, why is it that it seems only Toyota vehicles have this happening, no other makes of vehicles seem to have this as a problem? GM, Ford, Chrysler, and all the other makes seem to never have anyone accidentally pressing the gas for the brake? I don't think so. The "untold" story continues.
Just wanted you to know that others still do share your concern in this matter.
#225 of 244 Re: Feeling validated [fromjustus]
Oct 22, 2010 (5:26 pm)
Thank you "fromjustus". I'll let you know if I learn anything new.
#226 of 244 Re: Feeling validated [julietteh]
Nov 28, 2010 (6:19 pm)
I had an eerily similar thing happen to me this morning. I, too, had turned hard to the left (I was turning around in my in-laws' driveway). When I went to roll down the hill to reverse out of the driveway, my van lurched forward into the wall lining the driveway. The engine revved, the tires squealed on the wet pavement, but then the car and engine came to a halt when I stomped on the brake. I believe my foot was on the brake and I was shifting into reverse at the time. Like you, I say logic suggests it must have been my error. But typically, I never press the accelerator in this situation. I use gravity to roll the car down and turn the van around.
Anyway, I'm interested how you resolved your issue. Like you, I have 3 kids and need my car for transportation. But now I'm hesitant to drive it anywhere. From all of the posts, I'd be surprised if they find anything if I take it to the dealer.
#227 of 244 Re: Feeling validated [alohajill]
Nov 29, 2010 (4:01 am)
Did you take your Sienna in earlier this year for the floor matt and foot pedal repairs? Bill
Nov 29, 2010 (10:50 am)
Coincidentally, I had taken all the floor mats out of my car because of a 5 gallon water cooler spill last weekend. So I know floor mats were not the culprit. I'm not sure about the foot pedal repair - my husband took my car in while I was on a trip with the kids.
#229 of 244 Re: floor mats [alohajill]
Nov 29, 2010 (10:58 am)
Has the interior dried out properly?
I ask because I went camping in my Sienna a while ago, and we got tons of rain. The interior was damp and two people inside added to the condensation.
Any how, on the way home, one of the dome lights inside would come on and off, as if there was an electrical short or something.
Once the van dried that never happened again. It was very odd, though.
#230 of 244 I didn't know!
Jan 25, 2011 (11:42 am)
Boy, this news is just great! I just purchased a used 2005 Toyota Sienna thinking I was buying a pretty good vehicle - guess not????
I just sold a Honda Odyssey due to transmission issues Honda has had for what appears to be a decade and they refuse to address their transmission problems. Looks like the 2 supposedly premier vans out on the market (Siennas and Odysseys) are flops.
#231 of 244 Re: I didn't know! [eflorida]
Jan 25, 2011 (12:15 pm)
Your van is no different than it was yesterday.