• Eric Posted: 7/13/2010 11:48pm PDT

    Wait, I'm confused...the accident with the CHP was due to faulty floor mats? My understanding of that incident (correct me if I'm wrong), is that the car was traveling for quite some time before the crash. Are we to believe that a CHP officer (who had 19 years on the job, I believe) wouldn't have figured out that the floor mat is the problem? And if the floor mat wasn't the problem in that crash, what was? I am sure that the scenario described above is possible, but it certainly doesn't pass the sniff test....

  • Ida Posted: 7/14/2010 1:57am PDT

    "The car was traveling for some time before the crash ..."
    The mat didn't cause any problems before the crash.
    "Are we to believe that a CHP officer..."
    I don't believe that they have training about floor mat.

  • dave Posted: 7/14/2010 2:59am PDT

    I recall a situation I had when I started driving. I had the bad habit to brake with my left foot on automatics and once when driving a manual, I found that my brakes 'failed'. Thank God I had the presence to look down to see I was pressing the clutch to the floor, not the brake.

  • Don Posted: 7/14/2010 5:44am PDT

    I had a problem once with the floor mat on my Dad's 95 Saturn once. It was immediately obvious, but resolvable only by getting out of the car and re-aligning the mat. I suppose if the mat shifted during a long trip you would be screwed, at least as far as braking. On this Lexus crash we are to believe the gas pedal was being held down by the floor mat while simultaneously the brake was being held up?

  • Mike in Boston Posted: 7/14/2010 6:38am PDT

    Uh, John, maybe you honestly missed the third graf of the WSJ story, or maybe you intentionally overlooked it, but you might want to re-read this:
    "But the findings—part of a broad, ongoing federal investigation into Toyota's recalls—don't exonerate the car maker from two known issues blamed for sudden acceleration in its vehicles: "sticky" accelerator pedals that don't return to idle and floor mats that can trap accelerators to the floor."

  • Gilgamesh2 Posted: 7/14/2010 7:48am PDT

    Hello. I have owned 2 Toyotas in the past (Toyota Corona models, one a sedan, the other a wagon, both "stick shift" models) I found in both cases that the pedals were: A) Too small for American feet and B) Placed too close together. I would suggest that big feet, big or wide shoes might be a contributing factor, and the fix would be the make the pedals larger and place them further apart. I currently own a Ford Focus wagon, stick shift, that has the same problem, pedals too small and placed too closely together. I have to really think and keep this in mind when driving the car, especially with my "size 11" shoes. . .

  • Yo Posted: 7/15/2010 12:56pm PDT

    So essentially Toyota drivers are either secretly suicidal or so stupid that they accelerate at full speed into walls and other cars. Drivers of Dodge's, BMW's, Honda's, and all other automakers are not suicidal and are intelligent.

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  • Dieter Posted: 9/4/2010 11:01am PDT

    NTSA has ignored a possible failure mode, namely that the ECM computer froze in the full acceleration state. When frozen, the computer does not write log entries and ignores inputs.
    Most computer users are familiar with the failure.
    Let's fix this problem !
    Drivers need some safe way to stop the car.
    A safety switch that kills the ignition or fuel supply may give an unfortunate driver a chance to provide.
    Are regulations required ?