Thursday, February 26, 2015

Where's NHTSA?

The National Car Wash Association knows which cars are prone to SUDDEN UNINTENDED ACCELERATION and circulates the LIST to protect employees....

Consumers don't can't get that information to avoid purchasing these vehicles and jeopardizing the safety of your family.

Why aren't these vehicles being recalled to protect the public?

Where is NHTSA?

Consumers are not being protected by NHTSA!

Woman's newly cleaned car flies onto three at dealer

Investigation underway into an unusual crash at a car dealership in Ardmore. <br />
Investigation underway into an unusual crash at a car dealership in Ardmore. NDN


It's easier to sell a new Acura when there isn't a used Jeep crashed on top of it.

An Ardmore car dealership learned that the hard way Tuesday morning, after a customer leaving an adjacent car wash accelerated into a ramp-like snow embankment several feet high and landed atop three cars in the dealer's lot.

Police and witnesses said the driver, a 74-year-old woman, had just had her white Jeep Grand Cherokee washed at Arrow Car Wash on Lancaster Avenue around 9 a.m. when the car sped into a guardrail, over the embankment, and onto the cars at Piazza Acura of Ardmore.

Images from the Fox29 helicopter show responders standing on top of crushed metal inspecting the Jeep, still gleaming from its fresh wash.

"That's one of the pictures you see on the Internet and say, 'How did you do that?' " said an employee at the car wash who asked that his name not be used.

No one was in the parked cars at the time, and no bystanders were hurt, said John Tucci, patrol sergeant for the Lower Merion Police Department. The woman reported no injuries but was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, where she later reported soreness, Tucci said.

Tucci said the woman told police that her car "took off" into the piled-up snow. No drugs or alcohol were involved, he said, and police do not suspect a "mental episode."

Randy Bridegam, general manager of Piazza Acura, said the accident caused about $80,000 in damage to three Acuras, two of which - a new RDX and a 2005 TSX - were most likely totaled.

"It was quite a noise," Bridegam said.

The car wash employee said the woman appeared to have trouble following directions from workers trying to guide her through the wash tunnel just before the crash. He said he did not recognize the woman as a regular customer.

The accident was not the first involving a customer leaving the car wash, the employee said. At least twice in the last two years, customers hit the accelerator instead of the brake on their way out, he said. But he said he had never seen one car end up on top of another.

Tucci did not release the woman's name and said the department would not test the vehicle's mechanics.


Car Wash Association Put Out Warning on Jeeps - See first entry below.


· Jeep Cherokee Warning ... Jeep Cherokee & Grand Jeep Cherokee Customers ... accelerates quickly and sometimes uncontrollably upon exiting the carwash ...

· Car washes unfairly target Jeeps as dangerous - Autoblog

Aug 8, 2006 - Vines then turns the mirror towards the car wash industry itself, ..... than 400 complaints about Jeep Cherokees accelerating without warning.

· Jeep Recalls -

· Chrysler is recalling 313,236 model year 2011-2013 Jeep Wrangler vehicles ... man was run over and killed by a Grand Cherokee in a Connecticut car wash ... Texas, Joanna said her 2006 Jeep Commander stalls without warning during turns ...

· Jeep Grand Cherokee Sudden Acceleration (Not Just ...

· Jan 29, 2010 - Uploaded by dodgechryslersucks

Chrysler's Sudden Unintended Acceleration problem was so bad that the International Carwash Association ...

· Jeep's a comin' through! - Professional Carwashing and ...

· Oct 11, 2010 - Strong measures to be sure, but given the reputation — earned or not — which those Jeep models have in the industry, the is a first ...

· Car Wash | Rothrock Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram | Allentown ...

· ... vehicle in to the Reconditioning Department at Rothrock in Allentown for a car wash. ... seats, clean and dress door panels and dashboard, clean trunk area.

· [PDF]2013 Jeep Wrangler User's Guide

· Jeep

Low Fuel Warning Light ... be warned not to touch the parking brake, brake pedal, or the shift lever. ..... Do not run a fabric top through an automatic car wash.

· Jeeps banned from carwash chain for 'safety issues' | Video ...

Boy suffers head injury, 3 others injured in accident at Monrovia car wash

By Ruby Gonzales, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Five people, including a 10-year-old boy was injured when a driver lost control of his Toyota Camry as he exited the Fast 5 Express Carwash in Monrovia on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. The Camry initially struck a vehicle that was parked and being vacuumed, pushing it into a 10-year-old boy who was standing on the opposite side. The child fell to the ground, striking his head, and was taken to a hospital for treatment, said Monrovia police Lt. Nick Manfredi. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ Pasadena Star-News)

MONROVIA — A 10-year-old boy suffered a head injury and four other people were hurt Friday when a driver leaving a self-serve carwash lost control of his car and stuck four other vehicles, police said.

The accident occurred around 3:40 p.m. at Fast5XPress Car Wash in Monrovia at 935 Huntington Drive.

Monrovia Police Lt. Nick Manfredi said the driver of a Toyota Camry lost control before his car struck a parked vehicle that was being vacuumed. The impact caused one of the cars to move, striking a 10-year-old boy standing on the other side.

“The boy fell to the ground and received a head injury,” Manfredi said.

The Camry continued to accelerate and then hit another vehicle in the process of being dried by a woman, Manfredi said. She suffered an arm injury and was transported to a hospital.

Monrovia police Officer Jim Mead said the injured boy was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. He didn’t know the boy’s condition. Three out of the five cars damaged had to be towed away while two others were able to be driven.

Store manager Erik Martin said in the nine months since the self-serve carwash has been open, it has processed more than 100,000 cars without an accident. This was the first time his staff had to clean two spots of blood off of the asphalt.

“You could tell (the driver) was kind of shocked at what happened,” Martin said. “You would think after he hit the first vehicle that that would’ve been it. Just take your foot off all pedals, but I can’t answer for him.”

The driver at the front end of the chain reaction said he believes his brakes gave out.

“I see the Go symbol (in the carwash) and I put it on ‘D’ and go slowly, slowly,” said the Camry’s driver Jagdish Rajgor. “I made a right turn and my brakes weren’t working.”

When Rajgor exited the carwash tunnel, he hit the back of a truck and caused it to fall into landscaping by the sidewalk. Then he hit a Honda Civic, Martin said. The boy was helping wipe down the Civic, so he flew upon impact. The Civic hit another car, and the Camry kept going. It collided with a white Toyota Rav 4, which hit an elderly lady who was wiping down her car. The lady fell to the ground, Martin said.

Rajgor’s two sons, 8 and 3, were in the car with him, he said.

Manfredi said Rajgor had a minor nose injury and a child sitting in the back seat complained of pain.

They weren’t hospitalized.

A girl who was in the car being vacuumed didn’t have any visible injuries, Manfredi said. He said she was shaken up and also was transported to the hospital for observation.