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According to Toyota Motor Corp. will recall 2004 through 2009 models of its Prius hybrid to prevent accelerator pedals from becoming trapped. This comes on the heels of a report circulating today that a driver of a 2008 Prius called police when his car would not slow down on a San Diego County highway. According to the article

James Sikes, 61, was driving on the busy Interstate 8 freeway outside San Diego when he noticed his car was starting to accelerate of its own accord, the California Highway Patrol said.

The terrified motorist was helpless as the car hurtled out of control along the road at speeds of more than 90 miles per hour.

However Sikes was able to call police, and officers using a loudspeaker talked him through the process of slowing down by using his emergency brake and then turning off the engine.

Police then pulled in front of the car as it decelerated and rolled to a stop, then put the rear bumper of the squad car against the front of the Prius.

Toyota motorists’ best be wary. One can already see the misinformation that will be forthcoming from Toyota for fear of litigation.

The incident came as Toyota staged a technical demonstration on Monday to attack allegations that problems with its electronics may cause its cars to speed out of control. For more information on this so called study please read fellow blogger Brett Emison’s blog entitled “Toyota Recall: Exponent Testing Designed For Toyota’s Lawyers, Not For Safety.”

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