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Could Other Stories of Prius Runaways Be The Cause of More Prius Stories?

Posted on March 22, 2010 in Toyota

It is true that there have been numerous stories that have been released over the past several weeks concerning serious acceleration problems in the Prius vehicle that is manufactured by the Toyota Company, and it is a major problem that has caused the recall of millions of vehicles. Now causing a bit of concern and wonder is the Prius second-generation vehicles, which had also been recalled because of the possibility that they could also pose serious situations involving unintended acceleration due to problems of the floor mats in the vehicles.

One incident involving the second-generation Prius was when a driver’s vehicle reached the unintended acceleration of 94 mph while the operator was driving on one of California’s highways. Ultimately it was found that the floor mat was not the cause of the situation. Only two days following this incident, there was a similar problem that happened in New York. It is not to suggest that the claims of these drivers are not exactly as they claim them to be, but there are reminders from the AP that may suggest there might be something else going on.

It is a concern that the acceleration problems of Toyota automobiles and the continuous media coverage that is occurring, may be weighing on the minds of drivers. Sometimes this can be the result of vehicle operators mistakenly believing that any unexpected situation, such as the case of the driver’s foot being misplaced, is automatic concern for unintended acceleration dangers.

As a backup to this theory is the amount of speed control complaints that have been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2010.

There were 74 complaints made in the entire year of 2009 as compared to 272 that were filed in just ten weeks of 2010. When braking problems are involved, individuals will often become can become freaked out rather easily. In 2009 there were 90 claims of braking problems, as compared to 1,816 incidents that have been reported in 2010.

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