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Recall “Runaway” Toyota Drivers’ Licenses

Posted on March 10 2010 9:16 am
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.
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This was on my Comcast News homepage when I got up this morning:

Runaway Prius Driver: Brakes were “Almost Burned”

Sikes, 61, rolled to a stop 23 harrowing minutes later, he and his blue Prius emerging unscathed but Toyota Motor Corp. suffering another big dent. Toyota has watched its reputation for quality crumble with recalls tied to risks that cars can accelerate uncontrollably or can’t brake properly.

EL CAJON, Calif. — Before he called 911, James Sikes says he reached down with his hand to loosen the “stuck” accelerator on his 2008 Toyota Prius, his other hand on the steering wheel. The pedal didn’t move.

“My car can’t slow down,” he began when a California Highway Patrol dispatcher answered his call.

Does anyone else smell a rat here?  Aren’t there just a few TOO many “defects” to be believable.  Do some people want to join a must-be-coming lawsuit?  Is the U.S. Government, which is now Toyota’s biggest competitor– and eager to score points with the UAW after some brutal negotiations– just a little TOO willing to believe these stories?

interesting that the guy who hopped on the bandwagon and bought a trendy car, now is in the trendiest of victim classes.

Is this guy in the story above REALLY so stupid that he will be held captive by a runaway car for 23 MINUTES and never think on his own to turn off the freaking ignition?

Somebody check 911 records and see if he ever called in because he locked himself IN his car…

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