We’ve all heard about the recalls, owners claiming their vehicles suddenly accelerated and ran out of control. This tends to be the story and usually involves elderly individuals, so I remain skeptical. However, here is a video showing a car accelerating out of control and into the back end of a minivan. Obviously it’s difficult to get the entire story here, but you judge for yourself.
At this point I know I’m not the only one a little bit suspicious of the incidents surrounding Prius recall incidents. Specifically referring to the out of control Prius doing 80 down the freeway in San Diego. It all kind of smells like Balloon Boy and people looking to taste nano second fame in the wake of Toyota’s woes.
In San Diego a guy claimed that he couldn’t get his Prius to stop because of a stuck accelerator pedal. However, analysts are quick to point out that shifting into neutral, standing on the brakes, shutting the car off, or all of the above should have brought the car to a stop. Slowly but surely the above should have worked and if not there are a lot more problems at stake here than just a stubborn gas pedal. Of course that doesn’t make an interesting news headline, nor damaging enough to the foreign manufacturers name.
Again, I’m not the only one making the Balloon Boy reference, but it’s the most fitting. Perhaps it’s even worse, maybe the goal of the media and guilty parties is to damage a name, rather than just a chance to be on TV. It’s a volatile economic market and if we can burn Toyota at the stake it can only make our domestic manufacturers stronger. We all know underhanded deals go on everyday with big time corporations, maybe this is an operation involving damaging a corporate name. Toyota presented an opening for criticism and guilty parties took notice and are not exploiting it as much as possible.
Toyota has been spending a metric butt load of money on advertising and claiming to have the fix in place for their accelerator problems. The recalls have been widely televised, dealers have been compensated, and you can get online without seeing an advertisement featuring a Toyota owner pleased with their cars safety record. Toyota knows what’s going on, they see the writing on the wall, and I suspect it will be a long time before they ever make it back to the top of the sales charts in the US.
It’s not a bad thing that domestic car manufacturers retake the top sales figures again, I just hope that it’s done without any fancy business. It’s been pointed out that Ford has been making huge gains in quality, leadership, and efficiency for a few years now, which has helped place them where they are. Let’s focus on the good things our country has to offer in the automotive industry and leave Toyota to clean up it’s own mess, consumers will still be around when they are done.
This is an old story from 2008, but still too funny not to mention. Allegedly, Dennis Anderson converted a La-Z-Boy recliner into a motorized vehicle. The chair was powered by a lawnmower type engine, complete with lights, steering wheel, stereo speakers, and cup holders. Unfortunately Anderson lounged around town while drunk and ended up hitting a vehicle.
Dennis had already lost his license because of a previous DUI, which was probably why he was driving a recliner down the road. However, he blames a woman for jumping in the chair while in motion, which caused him to swerve into another car. Anderson recorded a .29 BAC, which is 3 times over the legal limit in Missouri.
Check out the vehicle, err, recliner, or whatever you want to call it below.