Apparantly brakes, turning off the ignition, or putting it in neutral wont help

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  1. iPost

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    During today's House Committee on Energy & Commerce hearing on the Toyota recall debacle, Congress heard from Rhonda Smith, a former Lexus owner who detailed her 2006 brush with death — and the even more horrid tale of her repeated attempts to get either Toyota or NHTSA to listen to her. Perhaps most chilling, Rhonda even tried to put the car in neutral while hurtling down the road, but not even that could stop the "possessed" Lexus.
    While driving her car near her home in Tennessee in 2006, Rhonda's Lexus ES350 began to accelerate quickly and without warning.
    "I put the car into all available gears, including neutral," she recalled about her fruitless attempt to slow the car down. Ms. Smith says she even put the car into reverse, in which position the gearshift remained as the car quickly reached a speed of 100mph.
    After putting both feet on the brake and employing the emergency brake to no avail, Ms. Smith began to think that her only choice was to run her car into the guardrail, if only to save the other drivers on the highway.


    Fearing death, she called husband. "I knew he could not help me, but I wanted to hear his voice one more time," she recalled. "After six miles later, God intervened," and the car began to slow on it own, though the engine continued to rev itself in cycles. When the vehicle had finally slowed to around 35 mph, she was able to stop the engine.

    Upon her husband's arrival on the scene, they looked at the accelerator and found nothing amiss about it or the floor mats. They did however make a note that the car's radio was still operating.
    As he helped the tow truck driver with the Lexus, Ms. Smith's husband switched the car into neutral, causing it to lurch forward suddenly.
    When the contacted Toyota about the incident, the car company said they would investigate immediately.
    That never happened.
    Instead, after repeated calls by Ms. Smith, they were sent a 5-sentence letter by Toyota that included the statement:
    "When properly maintained, the brakes will always override the accelerator," implying that the cause of her sudden acceleration was a problem of poorly maintained brakes.
    As Ms. Smith said before Congress today, "Shame on you Toyota for being so greedy... And shame on you NHTSA."
    Here's a partial transcript:

    I merged over into the second lane. Not going into passing gear. At this time, I lost all control of the acceleration of the vehicle. The car goes into passing gear and the cruise light comes on at this time. I’m thinking that maybe the cruise is what caused the car to keep accelerating, as my foot is not on the gas pedal. I take off the cruise control, but the car continues to accelerate. To make a long story short, I put the car into all available gears including neutral, but then I put it in reverse and it remains in reverse as the car speeds to over 100 mph down the interstate.
    I place both feet on the brake after I firmly engage the emergency brake and nothing slows the car.
    I figure the car is going to go its maximum speed and I was going to have to put the car into the upcoming guard rail in order to prevent killing anyone else, and I prayed for god to help me.
    I called my husband on the blue tooth phone system.
    I knew … [pauses to keep from crying] I’m sorry.
    I knew he could not help me but I wanted to hear his voice one more time.
    After 6 miles God intervened as the car came very slowly to a stop. I pulled it to the left median. With the car stopped and both feet still on the brake, the motor still revved up and down. At 35 mph it would not shut off. Finally, at 33 mph, I was able to turn the engine off.
    After my husband arrived, he found nothing unusual about the accelerator or the floor mats, but the strange thing was that the dash lights and the radio were still on.
    After the wrecker arrived, we gave the vehicle fob to the wrecker driver. When he hooked the car and prepared to winch it on to the back, he asked my husband to put the car in neutral so he could start the winch.
    The driver was standing 20 to 25 feet away at the controls. Without thinking, my husband sat down in the car without the key fob and was able to shift the car into neutral, which he shouldn’t have been able to do. When he did that the car actually tried to start itself.


    http://consumerist.com/2010/02/video-one-toyota-drivers-horror-story.html
     
  2. Rev Happy

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    Brieldo Bigger than you are.

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    People are fucking morons.
     
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    Yeah it was God that saved you, dumb bitch.
     
  5. bs2100

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    What's passing gear?
     
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    FuzzyBunny I Doubt It

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    :rofl: I love how the invisible man in the sky is the answer to everything we don't understand :rofl:
     
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    I assume she meant "downshift".
     
  8. bs2100

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    Well he certainly didn't cause all the weird things to happen to the car. IT WAS THOSE FUCKING JAPS!
     
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    Just seems weird to say that for an automatic.
     
  10. Mugatu

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    :rofl:

    I love OT armchair experts, you guys have the answer for everything. I don't understand though how you can be so much smarter than anyone on the planet and not be running things though.
     
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    Yeah.

    She was driving one of the most boring cars on the planet so I doubt she knows the proper terms.
     
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    And how whenever we do something good its his doing and whenever something bad happens its our own fault. :rofl:
     
  13. 3Bar

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    Give me a car with a non-electronic shifter please.
     
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    I love how nobody is admitting how they were huge proponents of the darwinian nature of the people getting killed, but now since we were wrong, let's just make fun of her religion! :bigthumb:

    not that I expected anything different
     
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    At least we aren't just assuming that she's lying about it as to not sound like a total retard.
     
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    A lower gear on an automatic transmission I guess.
     
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    The e-brake is a purely mechanical system that's not attached to the rest of the stuff she mentioned.

    If she pulled the e-brake she would have stopped.

    Something tells me that she is lying.
     
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    i dont believe that god worshiping retard. not to mention female as well. someone already posted and verified the car can go into neutral at wot.
     
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    Same as a manual transmission.

    Downshift when passing.
     
  20. Wobistdu

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    too bad she didn't die. another moron who thinks the cell phone is the best choice

    and passing gear is a term that has been used for years. it refers to the 2nd last gear
     
  21. Wobistdu

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    how does these people fail to fucking turn the car off?
     
  22. ZAQ786

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    Dumb bitch,


    I tried it in mine last week. Almost blew the engine so i let off.
     
  23. ZAQ786

    ZAQ786 BMW: The reason Lexus is still 'In the pursuit of

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    Someone wants lawsuit money.
     
  24. CornUponCob

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    If the E brake only engages the rear two tires and the car is front wheel drive, is it going to be enough braking force to slow it? Seems like your two rear wheels would just lock up.

    Also, the article doesn't give enough details. "I put both feet on the brakes but they car didn't stop". OK, so did it at least slow down? Was it obvious that the brakes were working or not?

    If I assume the article is accurate, then I do have to give her credit for putting it in neutral, but it doing nothing (no shifting occurred)
     
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    Locking up the rear wheels is going to slow you down from 100mph+ pretty quick, but she would have probably lost control.

    Anyway, if more people would drive manual transmission cars, this wouldn't even be the problem that it is.
     

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