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    Posted February 3, 2010 by
    Boiling Springs, North Carolina
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Toyota doing the right thing?

    Are we driving a death trap?


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     CNN I-reporter Ready2Travel said "We were lucky we got the car off the road and stopped. But if it happens again we may not be so fortunate."
    - maureenlinke, CNN iReport producer

    My husband and I were in our Prius in October when we experienced an episode of sudden, unexpected acceleration with the car suddenly lunging into full throttle.  My husband was able to get the car safely off the road without an accident but only after riding the brakes so hard they were actually ON FIRE with flames coming from behind both front wheels.  He was able to extinguish the flames by throwing sand from the side of the road.  When we had the car transported to the nearest dealership for repair we were told the floor mats had caused the problem and there could not be anything else wrong with the car.  "Just remove your floor mats".  Since the car  had less than 17,000 miles on it, the brakes were replaced under warranty and we were sent on our way.  I have attached a picture of the floor mats as they sit in the car and you can see that there is plenty of clearance around the gas pedal and, in fact, my husband even tried to pull the mat up to trap the pedal and he was unable to do it.

    The real issue to me now is that Toyota has not included the Prius in this latest recall regarding fixing the gas pedals - our car is still only in the "floor mat recall".  We have been told that Toyota says the Prius is not included because the Prius has an override system that causes the brakes to OVERRIDE the accelerator when they are depressed.  If that is the case, that system FAILED in our car and needs to be looked at.  Everytime I drive the car I think about the possibility of the car surging out of control before I can remember to follow the steps outlined to stop the car.  Suppose there are pedestrians crossing in front of me when it happens.  Toyota says the car has no defect but is this just another cover-up to protect the reputation of the Prius?  We love the hybrid technology and were in love with the Prius before the incident.  We haven't had the problem again but we know something is wrong that hasn't been addressed.

    Please keep the pressure on Toyota to FIX OUR CAR!!!!

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