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911 Tape Released from Runaway Vehicle on I-81

There are 48 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Apr 6, 2013, titled 911 Tape Released from Runaway Vehicle on I-81. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

On Tuesday, two teens from Harrisonburg, 19-year-old Amy Guevara and 19-year-old Sean Wies, jumped from a car on Interstate 81 after the brakes stopped working and the car reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.

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Charlottesville, VA

#41 Apr 11, 2013
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I think you maybe need to get away from Mazda...you should consider Trek or Schwinn or Diamondback
not my car, chief. this was one of the many articles i found when i googled mazda stuck accelerator. try to keep up.
Hmmmmm

Harrisonburg, VA

#42 Apr 11, 2013
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My 99 protege5 spd. manual trans.is at 187K. For the last 6 months the gas pedal was stuck first thing in the morning. Now I hear a scraping noise at low gear when I apply or let off on the gas. The engine also shudders when I do this.Can I do anything to remedy this or do I need a mechanic?
The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Mazda Protege is JM1BJ2228Y_. Crash was involved with the Mazda Protege. Less than two months after purchasing my 2000 Mazda Protege new from the dealer I took the vehicle to the service dept. While accelerating, the car would jerk and buck as if I hit a brick wall. The car continued to do this. Each time I complained to the service dept. At the dealership I was told nothing was wrong. I also contacted Mazda corp. To inquire if there were any other complaints or recalls. I was advised that Mazda had not received any similar complaints. Just shy of three years of ownership I again took the car to the dealer service dept with the same problem concerning the car's acceleration. This was my third request to have the dealer look into the matter. Again, I was told nothing was wrong with the car. The car's acceleration continued to act up. On may 26, 2006, with 66097 miles on the vehicle my accelerator stuck and I struck another vehicle and a cement base light pole. Each time I took my foot off the brake to shift from reverse or drive, my car would take off on its own.
how ignorant is this mechanic? google stuck accelerator on mazda protege. there are tons of stories like this.
Even though you are a twit, in the interests of my own safety I will respond. The car came off the line 15yrs and 187K miles ago. Have the throttle body & IAC valve ever been cleaned? Have the throttle cable & return spring been inspected?

Either way, clean the TB and IAC. Its easy and you can generally do it yourself even with minimal mechanical skill & a few bucks in supplies. An auto parts store will tell you what you need. If the cable or return spring show issues, you'd probably need a mechanic for that unless you are accustomed to messing with mechanical things.

But I wouldn't look to Mazda. The thing is old and all you probably have is issues of basic maintenance rather than any kind of "defect."

And I have been accident free for 30 yrs exactly because I am an alert, well-informed, and defensive driver. Citing dictionary definitions of the word "accident" doesn't make them random and unpredictable.
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Charlottesville, VA

#43 Apr 11, 2013
Hmmmmm wrote:
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Even though you are a twit, in the interests of my own safety I will respond. The car came off the line 15yrs and 187K miles ago. Have the throttle body & IAC valve ever been cleaned? Have the throttle cable & return spring been inspected?
Either way, clean the TB and IAC. Its easy and you can generally do it yourself even with minimal mechanical skill & a few bucks in supplies. An auto parts store will tell you what you need. If the cable or return spring show issues, you'd probably need a mechanic for that unless you are accustomed to messing with mechanical things.
But I wouldn't look to Mazda. The thing is old and all you probably have is issues of basic maintenance rather than any kind of "defect."
And I have been accident free for 30 yrs exactly because I am an alert, well-informed, and defensive driver. Citing dictionary definitions of the word "accident" doesn't make them random and unpredictable.
twit. that's a good one. all i am trying to say is you shouldn't be judging what others do without firsthand knowledge of what went on. you certainly do not have all the info or the answers. you simply don't know.
it is good to know that you pay attention when you drive. you should. however, that has nothing to do with this story. i have been driving with a perfectly clean record for 40 years, and though i pay attention to what is going on around me, i am certainly not foolish enough to think that i couldn't be involved in an accident regardless of what i do. it happens. now go play, kid...
local mechanic

Crozet, VA

#44 Apr 11, 2013
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why don't you go out tomorrow and get up to 60mph and turn your key off. report back to us here tomorrow and let us know how it went.
Just tried it yesterday after seeing this story. My Mazda Protege coasted to a stop just fine, steering didn't lock, didn't use the brakes, it rolled for a while, but did stop. These kids don't know enough about their vehicle...just put gas in it and turn the key...Doh!
Native

Charlottesville, VA

#45 Apr 11, 2013
local mechanic wrote:
<quoted text>Just tried it yesterday after seeing this story. My Mazda Protege coasted to a stop just fine, steering didn't lock, didn't use the brakes, it rolled for a while, but did stop. These kids don't know enough about their vehicle...just put gas in it and turn the key...Doh!
I got the same results on a Ford Pickup on 29 southbound yesterday at 70 MPH. Also, when/if an accelarator sticks, do a quick "pat" of the pedal....that will often unstick it....have a farm vehicle that's been doing this for years, especially in cold weather.
Dude

Culpeper, VA

#46 Apr 11, 2013
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and again, they are young and inexperienced. what good does it do you or anyone in the community to continue to rant about what they SHOULD have done. move on, chief!
Equally, what good does it do to tell people that they shouldn't express their opinions on a board built on allowing people to express their opinions?
jus sayin

Waynesboro, VA

#47 Apr 11, 2013
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duh...and they were already inexperienced enough. use your brain. the chance that she could have turned the key too far and accidentally locked the wheel was pretty good seeing as how they were already at a loss for what to do. too risky.
You really are an idiot aren't you? You CANNOT accidently lock it. It is impossible to turn it too far.
real central Va Marine

Crozet, VA

#48 Apr 12, 2013
I think the problem here is the mindset today. "Don't kneed to know "why or how" it works, just that it does". When it doesn't work, just get another one (partner/clothes/smartphone/co mputer/car), and toss (or bail) on the old one. Also, today's kids are taught MOST of their driving skills by their parents, not the Driver's Ed teacher. Ask any parent, who had to make sure that their kid's "log sheet" had the requisite 40 hours before they could take their test. All of my kids had to have 40 hrs of road time (day and night) with me and only 10 hrs of range/road time with the Driver's Ed instructor.

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