CHP Helps Defuse Accelerating Prius Situation (UPDATED)

The Los Angeles Times reports that a Toyota Prius driver who called 911 on Monday to report his accelerator was stuck got the car stopped with the help of the California Highway Patrol.   The car in question is a 2nd Gen model.  It’s unknown at this writing  if the driver had the car in for recall repairs.

“He was reaching speeds over 90 miles per hour,” CHP Officer Larry Landeros said of the driver, James Sikes.

A Toyota spokesman said they are  sending a representative to investigate the cause of the incident.

The cellphone call came about 1:30 p.m. from the driver of the blue 2008 Prius eastbound on Interstate 8 in San Diego County.

“He was driving near the La Posta Indian Reservation when he called 911 and said his gas pedal was stuck,” Landeros said.

“I pushed the gas pedal to pass a car and it did something kind of funny . . . it jumped and it just stuck there,” Sikes, 61, said at a news conference. “As it was going, I was trying the brakes . . . it wasn’t stopping.”

A CHP patrol officer caught up to the Prius about 20 minutes later and used a loudspeaker to tell the driver to apply his emergency brake in tandem with the brake pedal, Landeros said.

Original story at the LA Times-

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-toyota-chp9-2010mar09,0,3699926.story

Updated story at the LA Times-

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-toyota-prius10-2010mar10,0,7196393.story

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