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You are in the Toyota Sienna
What is this discussion about?
#225 of 244 Re: Feeling validated [fromjustus]
Oct 22, 2010 (6:26 pm)
Thank you "fromjustus". I'll let you know if I learn anything new.
#226 of 244 Re: Feeling validated [julietteh]
Nov 28, 2010 (7:19 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 (5:01 am)
Did you take your Sienna in earlier this year for the floor matt and foot pedal repairs? Bill
Nov 29, 2010 (11:50 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 (11:58 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 (12:42 pm)
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 (1:15 pm)
Your van is no different than it was yesterday.
#232 of 244 Re: I didn't know! [eflorida]
Jan 25, 2011 (4:22 pm)
You are fortunate. A guy driving a Toyota Sienna 30 miles South of me was killed two days ago when he slammed into a tractortrailer on an exit ramp near Lisbon Indiana. It will probably go down as driver error although the police said the driver was not on drugs and had not been drinking. The exit ramp was dry, so weather has been factored out. The guys was 37 years old. His sienna dash was lodged under the back of the tractortrailer which killed him instantly. Although it will never be known for sure, this appears to be another case of unexpected acceleration.
#233 of 244 Re: I didn't know! [billwh87]
Jan 25, 2011 (5:07 pm)
Although it will never be known for sure, this appears to be another case of unexpected acceleration
What you really mean to say is that YOU think its another case of UA.
Nothing like an objective opinion....
Possible driver error?
NAH.... No way!
I'll never understand why some people feel the need to incite fear in others...
#234 of 244 Re: I didn't know! [billwh87]
Jan 25, 2011 (5:52 pm)
That's only about 30 minutes into Indiana on I-70 from us. That article doesn't mention an exit ramp but just suggests it was on a straight away, and that section of road is straight and relatively level.
"Williams said Scott was traveling westbound in his Toyota minivan near the New Lisbon exit when he reportedly rear-ended the truck. When Williams arrived on the scene around 9:21 p.m., he observed the van's dashboard was smashed completely under the rear of the semi."link title
>Although it will never be known for sure, this appears to be another case of unexpected acceleration.
And you are exactly right, unless there's more investigation going on by the police looking at the data recorder (which toyota probably doesn't have a reader for, grin) and other witnesses. No witnesses were mentioned in the article.
Of course no one knows it was NOT uncontrolled acceleration.
To analyze what ifs: the speed limit is 70 mph on that part of the road. Most trucks are going 70 and above. So to impact the rear of a truck thus the car would have been going 15 or more mph about 70-75, i.e., 90 mph. Not a likely speed for the auto to crash with that much damage.
Furthermore, if it were uncontrolled acceleration the driver might have had an option to go around on the shoulder. But there was likely snow on the shoulder or part of it. The driver possibly could have passed on the left (assuming the truck is in the right hand lane).
If the driver were going at an unusually high rate for a period of time, a witness should have stopped to tell the authorities that the driver had been driving excessively fast. However, if SUA just started, that might not have been the case of having a witness.
Another possibility is that the truck taillights were not illuminated, so the driver hit it without realizing he was approaching it.
In other words, no one knows, but it certainly is suspicious.