Auto Protection Association still rec...

Auto Protection Association still recommends Toyota despite safety fiasco

There are 4 comments on the CBC News story from Mar 24, 2010, titled Auto Protection Association still recommends Toyota despite safety fiasco. In it, CBC News reports that:

The head of the Automobile Protection Association still recommends buying Toyota vehicles despite the company's recent woes.

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OH SNAP

Virginia Beach, VA

#1 Mar 26, 2010
Excerpt from article:

One of them was from Lubomyr Slodki, who bought his shiny red Toyota Camry hybrid in March 2007 for $42,000.

One year later, the 51-year-old experienced his first incident while he was parking his car in an indoor garage. Slodki had his foot on the brake, but the vehicle was still accelerating.

"My hand was on the shifter. I slammed it into park and I distinctly remember the car rocking," Slodki told The Canadian Press.

The second incident took place six months later in December 2008, in an outdoor supermarket parking lot with his 51-year-old wife at the wheel.

"She wasn't able to control the vehicle so she hit a tree," Slodki said. "It climbed the curb and was stopped by a tree before she had the presence of mind to put it into park."

Slodki said his dealer examined the car afterwards and found nothing wrong.

When the dealer contacted Toyota Canada, Soldki was told that the automaker had nothing further to say.

"I love Toyota, I love this car, I hope they fix it," he said, while admitting his wife still refuses to drive the vehicle.

Slodki said he would have trouble selling the family car.

"Personally I can't accept the fact that if I sell it and someone gets hurt - I couldn't live with
that."

What do you think? Another NUT behind a wheel. Heh!
Love My Prius

Waldorf, MD

#2 Mar 27, 2010
OH SNAP wrote:
Excerpt from article:
One of them was from Lubomyr Slodki, who bought his shiny red Toyota Camry hybrid in March 2007 for $42,000.
One year later, the 51-year-old experienced his first incident while he was parking his car in an indoor garage. Slodki had his foot on the brake, but the vehicle was still accelerating.
"My hand was on the shifter. I slammed it into park and I distinctly remember the car rocking," Slodki told The Canadian Press.
The second incident took place six months later in December 2008, in an outdoor supermarket parking lot with his 51-year-old wife at the wheel.
"She wasn't able to control the vehicle so she hit a tree," Slodki said. "It climbed the curb and was stopped by a tree before she had the presence of mind to put it into park."
Slodki said his dealer examined the car afterwards and found nothing wrong.
When the dealer contacted Toyota Canada, Soldki was told that the automaker had nothing further to say.
"I love Toyota, I love this car, I hope they fix it," he said, while admitting his wife still refuses to drive the vehicle.
Slodki said he would have trouble selling the family car.
"Personally I can't accept the fact that if I sell it and someone gets hurt - I couldn't live with
that."
What do you think? Another NUT behind a wheel. Heh!
The story is subject to question right from the pricing of a Camry at $42k. A fully decked out (every option available) 2010 Camry Hybrid is still only $38k. Also nearly every auto maker has consumer complaints for unintended acceleration. Toyota now has more than others after the media blitz pulled more out to complain. The only true option if unintended acceleration worries you is not to drive any car. That said, a report listed the chance of unintended acceleration in a toyota is less likely than being struck by lightning three times. Can't remember the link but am sure you could google it.
Toyota Man

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Mar 27, 2010
Toyota is done. Put a fork in it.
Driver

London, UK

#4 Mar 30, 2010
Half of these people are stepping on the gas instead of the brake, panicking, and stepping harder. The other half are jumping the class-action bandwagon.

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