Floor Mats, runaway 2009 Lexus ES 350

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Old 21 Oct 2009, 04:05 pm   #1 (permalink)
Michael
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Default Floor Mats, runaway 2009 Lexus ES 350

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-f...642,full.story

"One obvious line of defense is to simply shut off the engine, a step
that may not be intuitive on the ES 350. The car has a push-button
start system, activated by the combination of a wireless electronic
fob carried by the driver and a button on the dashboard.

But once the vehicle is moving, the engine will not shut off unless
the button is held down for a full three seconds -- a period of time
in which Saylor's car would have traveled 528 feet. A driver may push
the button repeatedly, not knowing it requires a three-second hold."

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"The other common defense tactic advised by experts is to simply shift
a runaway vehicle into neutral. But the ES 350 is equipped with an
automatic transmission that can mimic manual shifting, and its shift
lever on the console has a series of gates and detents that allow a
driver to select any of at least four forward gears.

The arrangement of those gear selections could make it difficult to
shift from a forward gear directly into neutral in a panic situation,
Toyota spokesman Lyons acknowledged."

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"The most obvious impulse for any driver experiencing sudden
acceleration is to apply the brakes. But when an engine goes to full
throttle and is speeding at 120 mph, the brake might not stop the car.

The ES 350 and most other modern vehicles are equipped with power-
assisted brakes, which operate by drawing vacuum power from the
engine. But when an engine opens to full throttle, the vacuum drops,
and after one or two pumps of the brake pedal the power assist feature
disappears."


Makes me glad all our vehicles are standard-key-ignition, and are
easily thrown into neutral transmission...

Michael
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