Originally Posted by pickerbiker
An interesting article from ABC news in November about the Toyota acceleration problems. If you're driving a Toyota, you may want to watch this to the end as they give some advice on what to do if you experience the problem.....
I was a little surprised over the 911 call--especially since there was a police officer in the car. The dispatcher's response was weak, also.
As any officer will tell you, "unintended" acceleration is a fairly common theme in many collisions (notice I did NOT use the term "accident."). 99.9% of the time, it's driver error (driver steps on gas, instead of brake, etc). These type of complaints have been around forever. I remember them back to the early 80's with the Audi 5000. Here, the alleged culprit was a brake pedal that was to close to the gas pedal. (Funny, I used to drive the 5000 all the time and NEVER had a problem.)
Anywho, the fix is simple: slap the tranny in neutral! Don't waste time trying to use the brakes (at least while your stuck at full throttle). Let's say you couldn't get the car in neutral: second best would be to kill the engine. The last, and least best option, is to scrape the car against the Right shoulder guard rail. Be careful of your approach angle, you don't want to turn the veh over (K-rail) and back into traffic.
If you don't panic, and act decisively, unintended acceleration is easily and safely remedied, and does NOT need to be an emergency.