You pull into a parking space. Your foot is on the BRAKE PEDAL!
How many of these 'ACCIDENTS' were caused by DEFECTIVE VEHICLES?
We can question WHY? isn't the INSURANCE INDUSTRY working to reduce INSURANCE COSTS and ACCIDENTS?
Surely Mr. Schrum will regret forever having revealed the TRUTH:
Bob Schrum, the owner of Flagstop Car Wash, said his employees are provided a list of cars, trucks and SUVs that have been proven prone to unintentional acceleration. In fact, he said the instances have been well documented by the National Car Wash Association.
Schrum said about a month ago that all 120 of his employees took part in a safety seminar provided by his insurance company, which touched on sudden unintentional acceleration.
Car Washes KNOW, but Consumers Don't?
NOTICE: THE MAKE, MODEL AND YEAR OF THE VEHICLES ARE NOT ALWAYS INCLUDED IN MANY OF THESE ARTICLES! BUT THE DRIVER'S AGE IS!
Neither snow nor rain nor heat — nor cars crashing into the lobby — stays the Fairfield Post Office from the swift completion of its appointed rounds.
This past Sunday at around 9 a.m., a driver in Fairfield inadvertently crashed her car into the town’s post office. The white sedan smashed through the outside wall and passed halfway into the post office’s lobby before finally coming to a stop. Nobody was in the building at the time of the crash, and the driver of the car was uninjured.
“It’s the same thing you hear on all of these,” Teton County Undersheriff Steve Gjerde said. “It was just an elderly driver who went up to park and instead of putting your foot on the brake you put your foot on the gas and through the building you go.”
The car suffered only minor damage; the Fairfield Post Office building wasn’t quite as lucky.
“It’s a matter of a 2,000-pound car going through wooden two-by-fours,” Gjerde said. “You’re driving by and you see a vehicle half in the building and half out.”
The Fairfield Post Office didn’t miss a beat. Despite serious damage to the building — coming during one of the wettest August weekends ever recorded in Montana — the post office was back up and running by 7:30 Monday morning.
It is the U.S. Postal Service’s official policy to discourage its employees from making any public comments regarding events at the post office, but one Fairfield postal employee did say he was a bit surprised when he arrived to inspect the damage.
“The vehicle was inside the building — well partially — the front end of it,” the employee said, asking that his name not be used to avoid any conflict with his employer. “It didn’t disrupt any service or anything like that. I was able to clean it out enough and they boarded the outside up, so we were good to go. Everybody was able to get their mail, and now it’s just a matter of getting it patched back up. It was pretty uneventful as far as that goes.”
Gjerde said no criminal charges would be filed against the car’s driver.