Just read it - he owes $115,000 on 16 CR cards, plus he's had his
Mercedes, Dodge, boat, etc, repossessed -- anyone who's watched Law &
Order knows the financials tell all. The guy doesn't have a prayer IMNO.
Not just that, but he Prius is his only remaining car, and he is
scheduled to return it shortly, at which time he will not be able to
get a new lease or car loan. The truth comes out in what he's asking
for. He's not suing Toyota, he just wants them to give him a NEW
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As I suspected it would, the plot is getting thicker!
I'd say Mr. Sikes' trousers are currently aflame.
"Toyota said testing found that the car's accelerator pedal had no
mechanical binding or friction, and the floor mat was not interfering
with or touching the pedal. A self-diagnostic system did show
evidence of repeated applications of the accelerator and brake
pedals, Toyota said.
"The data from the diagnostics test indicated that the accelerator
and the brake had been rapidly pressed, alternately back and forth,
250 times," Mike Michels, vice president of corporate communications
for Toyota Motor Sales USA, told a press conference.
"Regulators said in a statement that Sikes' Prius was equipped
with a backup safety device that reduces power to the wheels
when the brakes and gas are pressed at the same time.
"The system on Mr. Sikes' Prius worked during our engineers'
test drive," the statement said.
"It does not appear to be feasibly possible, both electronically and
mechanically that his gas pedal was stuck to the floor and he was
slamming on the brake at the same time," said a memo prepared
for Congress that cited a Toyota official."
and they did a demo in the qualcomm stadium parking lot showing you
can hit the power button, the engine will turn off, and while you lose
power steering you can still steer.
I have not heard that they demonstrated what happens if you put the
car in neutral at speed, with the accelerator locked down, and I
suppose it might not be pretty. But I hadn't realized, the Prius
shift is a cute little knob on the dash, seriously easy to flip into
neutral, if you are so inclined.
not that any of this matters, since no doubt this guy had his foot on
the gas the whole time and never "stood on the brakes" as he insisted
The engine will rev to its programmed limit (just about at redline), then
stay there until the ignition is shut off or the gas pedal is released; it
will NOT be damaged.
No Toyota since maybe the mid-'80s has been capable of overrevving to the
point of throwing a rod through the block.
I can tell you what happens: the car slows down.
You can mash your foot to the floor, be doing 80mph, and put the car in
neutral--and nothing happens other than the drive system disengages and
the gas engine stops running.
In the meantime, your foot is still mashed onto the floor, imitating an
errant floor mat.
I know this because I did it last week.
Why would you think that "it might not be pretty"? What did you expect
Do this in a BMW, and the car similarly starts slowing down because,
just like in the Prius, the drive system is disengaged.
Sure, the BMW engine will start screaming and bouncing off the rev
limiter, but it won't be damaged. All you'll experience is a lot of
noise--but you'll be in control of the car.
What did you think would happen?
Cop said he could see the brakes smoking. Same said brakes were later
shown to have wear within the normal range for a car with the miles on
Cop (or someone) said that the driver was told to use his "emergency
brake". Errh, what's that? The "parking brake", which I prefer to
call the hand brake? The one which is nothing more than a mechanical
connection to the brakes which were reported to be burning out?
Toyota and the Feds both report that there were a couple of hundred
small applications of the brakes and multiple applications of the
throttle, from the pedal. One must wonder.
- dillon I am not invalid
You know, I can't think of nothing finer than a fine
it's not operated by hand on the prius - it's operated by foot. just
like many domestics. and once applied, it's stays on. i wouldn't want
to lock up my rear wheels if i couldn't release them again and maintain
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