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TOYOTA PRIUS Problems with Vehicle Speed Control

 
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2007 TOYOTA PRIUS Problems & Complaints

Read complaint(s) filed for the 2007 TOYOTA PRIUS. These complaints & problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. You may file your own complaint for the 2007 TOYOTA PRIUS by calling the NHTSA Monday-Friday 8am to 8pm at (888) 327-4236, TTY: (800) 424-9153. You can also file your complaint online.

Vehicle Information (1864 Complaints)
Date reported Feb 01, 2010
Location SHERMAN OAKS, CA
Manufacturer TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION
Vehicle 2007 TOYOTA PRIUS
Transmission Not Specified
Drivetrain Not Specified
Fuel type Not Specified
Occurences 1
Crash involved N
Injuries 0
Deaths 0
Source NHTSA Website
All Complaints

UNEXPLAINED SPONTANEOUS ACCELERATION IN 2007 TOYOTA PRIUS. IN MID-MAY OF LAST YEAR I WAS DRIVING ALONE ON THE HOLLYWOOD FREEWAY IN APPROXIMATELY 45 MPH TRAFFIC. SUDDENLY THE CAR ACCELERATED DRAMATICALLY, AS IF I HAD PUNCHED THE ACCELERATOR, OR THE CRUISE CONTROL SUDDENLY KICKED IN BUT AT FULL SPEED (THE CRUISE WAS NOT ON). I WAS SHOCKED AND SCARED, AND I HIT THEBRAKES, NOTHING HAPPENED, AND THE CAR KEPT ACCELERATING. I THOUGHT ABOUT THE MAT AND HOOKED MY FOOT AROUND THE PEDAL TO SEE BUT THE PEDAL WAS UP. I KEPT HITTING THE BRAKES AGAIN, AND ALSO PUMPED THE ACCELERATOR TO MAKE SURE IT WASN'T STUCK AND THEN THE CAR STOPPED ACCELERATING. THE WHOLE THING LASTED LESS THAN 10 SECONDS, BUT WAS PRETTY SCARY AS I GOT PRETTY CLOSE TO TRAFFIC IN FRONT OF ME. IT IMMEDIATELY OCCURRED TO ME THAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN THE MAT AS THAT HAD HAPPENED IN ANOTHER CAR, BUT THE MAT WAS CLIPPED TO THE FLOOR, AND WAS NOT IN ANY WAY INTERFERING WITH THE GAS PEDAL. ALSO, BEAR IN MIND, AS I'M WRITING ABOUT THIS IT SOUNDS AS IF I WAS ANALYTICAL AND METHODICAL, BUT ACTUALLY I WAS PRETTY FRANTIC AND MY FEET WERE FLYING ON THE PEDALS.... I TOLD MY PARTNER MARK ABOUT IT, TOLD HIM TO WATCH OUT FOR IT, BUT THEN IN JUNE WE BOUGHT ANOTHER CAR AND MARK PRIMARILY DROVE THE PRIUS AFTER THAT. I THEN I FORGOT ABOUT IT, AS I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST AN ANOMALY AND BASED ON WHAT WE PAID FOR THE CAR AND TOYOTA'S REPUTATION FOR SAFETY. I HAD NOT HEARD OF ANY ACCELERATION ISSUES AT THE TIME, AND IN FACT DIDN'T UNTIL MUCH LATER AFTER THE CHP OFFICER'S CRASH IN THE LEXUS. I'M ACTUALLY NOW PRETTY FREAKED OUT ABOUT IT IN HINDSIGHT, AND WE HAVE GONE OVER THE DRILL REPEATEDLY TO MAKE SURE MARK KNOWS WHAT TO DO IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN. I SINCERELY DOUBT IT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE PEDAL OR THE MAT, AND IN MY GUT I SUSPECT IT IS ELECTRONIC IN NATURE. I AM PRETTY NERVOUS ABOUT IT.

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