Thursday, March 18, 2010

Nut Holding the Wheel of Prius

It's time for Toyota to fight the libelous statements made by people who are clearly incompetent drivers.

U.S. Says Prius Brakes Not Used in New York Accident

March 18 (Bloomberg) -- The Toyota Prius involved in a Harrison, New York, crash attributed to unintended acceleration showed no sign that the brakes were applied, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

The vehicle’s onboard computer system also showed the car’s accelerator was engaged, NHTSA said today in an e-mailed statement.

“Information retrieved from the vehicle’s onboard computer systems indicated there was no application of the brakes and the throttle was fully open,” the Washington-based auto safety watchdog said in the statement.

The 2005 Prius had sped out of control before hitting a stone wall in a March 9 accident. NHTSA said on March 11 it would send investigators to look at the car.

Captain Anthony Marraccini, head of the Harrison police department, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

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