Sunday, October 9, 2016

Shopper suffers serious injuries after TOYOTA PRIUS crashes into Goleta grocery store

Shopper suffers serious injuries after vehicle crashes into Goleta grocery store

Elderly driver suffered minor injuries

Posted: Oct 08, 2016

GOLETA, Calif. - A male shopper suffered major injuries after a vehicle crashed into the Trader Joe's at 5767 Calle Real in Goleta Saturday.
According to Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni, an elderly man driving a Toyota Prius crashed into the front entrance of the grocery store at around 9:45 a.m.
The 85-year-old driver from Santa Barbara suffered minor injuries and was treated on scene. Two juveniles suffered minor injuries and were treated on scene. A 35-year-old man from Santa Barbara was shopping during the crash. He suffered major injuries and was transported via AMR to Cottage Hospital. He is in stable condition.
Two fire engines, a trucking company, AMR and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department responded to the call. The Santa Barbara Building Department was also called to the scene.
The cause of the crash is currently under investigation, but it appears the driver was attempting to park at a high rate of speed when he crashed into the front entrance.
Alcohol or drugs are no believed to be factors in the crash. The driver of the vehicle was cooperative and was not arrested.

2002 – 2016 TOYOTA PRIUS Problems & Complaints  (NHTSA complaints as of: 8 Oct 2016)

There are 50 complaints filed for the 2014 TOYOTA PRIUS

There are 77 complaints filed for the 2013 TOYOTA PRIUS

There are 135 complaints filed for the 2012 TOYOTA PRIUS

There are 177 complaints filed for the 2011 TOYOTA PRIUS

There are 2102 complaints filed for the 2010 TOYOTA PRIUS

There are 369 complaints filed for the 2009 TOYOTA PRIUS

There are 1166 complaints filed for the 2008 TOYOTA PRIUS

There are 1713 complaints filed for the 2007 TOYOTA PRIUS

There are 1289 complaints filed for the 2006 TOYOTA PRIUS

There are 916 complaints filed for the 2005 TOYOTA PRIUS

There are 554 complaints filed for the 2004 TOYOTA PRIUS

There are 92 complaints filed for the 2003 TOYOTA PRIUS

There are 154 complaints filed for the 2002 TOYOTA PRIUS


Singer/songwriter, Kris Kitko did an AWESOME job on her YouTube video, "Toyota Where Are Ya?" The video was directed at Toyota regarding her own real world experience with Toyota SUA, sudden unintended acceleration. With her satirical approach, she completely destroyed the Toyota and NHTSA myth about SUA, namely “pedal misapplication” by drivers. Unfortunately, Kris Kitko’s YouTube video is no longer available for viewing online.
In the wake of the NHTSA/DOJ $1.2 BILLION settlement following a CRIMINAL investigation, Kris should be encouraged to use her finely-honed musical skills to do a sequel to her first Toyota SUA YouTube video. The U.S. Federal Government allowed Toyota “deferred prosecution” in this settlement provided it follow the steps outlined in the terms of the agreement. No one…not one single Toyota executive…is going to serve any prison time for knowingly withholding evidence that could have saved many lives and ensured public safety on the roads.Toyota ADMITTED that it LIED to both the Toyota customers and the government.
Michael Barr, renowned embedded systems expert, after studying Toyota’s ETCS-I far longer than NASA did, found the existence of faults in the software which could lead to a real-world, potentially-catastrophic SUA event with a number of potentially ineffective failsafes. Imagine flying down the road in a Toyota with no functioning brake override to exit a software task-death! Isn’t that a bit like being on a high-speed roller coaster and having the track fail to keep you on? And want to know the most SHOCKING part? Toyota reportedly didn't have a copy of the code in their OWN monitor chip! Michael Barr and company had to SHOW them! Can we just say, “Scary!”
Toyota cites that there is no electronic cause for SUA in its vehicles based on the short-duration investigations by NHTSA and NASA. Michael Barr and other experts have shown these studies to be scientifically seriously flawed. First, the ETCS-I software investigation was extremely limited. Only a SMALL FRACTION of the embedded software was tested by NASA.
Secondly, Toyota misrepresented the presence of EDAC RAM (error detection and correction random access memory) while indications of this issue were apparently redacted in the original NHTSA report. This misled NASA into NOT LOOKING INTO a number of potential sources of failure – which they may otherwise might have.
According to NASA expert, Dr. Henning Leidecker, some Toyota's can grow "tin whiskers" within certain electronic components. This can result in short circuits which can lead to yet another type of electronically-induced SUA event. Dr. Leidecker and associates actually DID FIND and study a case of "tin whiskers" found within the accelerator pedal assembly; rendering a Toyota vehicle UNDRIVEABLE.
Dr. Leidecker suggests driving the affected Toyota vehicles is "a game of Russian roulette." Dr. Leidecker is most concerned about 2002-2006 Toyota Camrys with their potential to grow "tin whiskers." He indicates the risk of this condition increases over time.
Meanwhile, whistleblower Betsy Benjaminson remains scared for Toyota drivers. She is convinced Toyota's own internal documents strongly indicate SOMETHING IS WRONG with their ETCS-i ELECTRONICS . She says "ghosts" indicate glitches can cause a runaway car. Betsy now blogs on a Blogger website where she continues to EXPOSE key documents that she says open the company's PR KIMONO. Betsy's goal is to reveal the true inside story of Toyota's SUA problem and to demonstrate and expose the differences between the company walk and company talk.
How did Betsy turn whistleblower? As a Japanese-to-English translator, Betsy was hired by Toyota's legal team to translate documents for the criminal investigation of Toyota. Just like the DOJ, Betsy SMELLED A RAT. After checking with top experts, she came forward to alert the public to the major safety issues involved.
Toyota owner, turned consumer activist-blogger, Parris Boyd has been blogging about what he calls “The Recall King” (a.k.a. Toyota) for years. His blog, “Beware of Toyota. Their next victim may be YOU…,” was initially an outlet for his frustration with Toyota--after his MR2 Spyder’s engine disintegrated at low mileage. What Parris faced was an unresponsive, stonewalling company operating within a state of denial.
During the height of Toyota’s engine oil SLUDGE debacle, Parris created his blog with the goal of using his free speech to help other similarly-affected Toyota owners. He also wanted the public to know just how Toyota and its dealerships treated their “valued customers.” Parris’s Blogger website currently receives over 100 views a day!
So, WHY is Toyota trying so hard to CONVINCE its own customers and the public that its vehicles suffer from SUA caused only by 1) improperly placed or type of floor mats (huh?); 2) sticky accelerator pedals (like those pesky sticky Sienna minivan sliding doors?); or 3) pedal misapplication (oh...the little old lady theory?). Why does it IGNORE the recent findings of the electronic experts? WHY isn’t it currently LISTENING to its own customers?
Well, YOU be the judge. The FACTS are before you.

There is a BIG hidden secret in the auto's called ELECTRONIC sudden unintended acceleration! I thought that was just about FLOOR MATS and sticky pedals, or "driver error," right? That's certainly what TOYOTA would like you to continue to believe, BUT DON'T!
These ultra-complex new engines are completely computer driven. Software is needed to control the throttle system. You THINK you are giving gas when you press the accelerator, but you are only SUGGESTING this to the computer. In electronic SUA cases, the throttle software may be glitch-prone and NOT do as you wish.
What happens then? Well, the glitch may (and has for countless SUA victims) result in an OPEN THROTTLE situation. The brakes become INEFFECTIVE in these situations and crashes into storefronts, buildings, and homes have resulted.
What does the automaker say? They hook the vehicles up to the computer and declare NOTHING WRONG! They cite the EDR which has erroneous data and say YOU were NOT braking. They point the finger at you based on AGE, GENDER, MEDICAL history, prescription meds, etc. YOU name it, they've TRIED it!
Get the picture? And you THOUGHT the GM issue was big? Think again! This cover-up of ELECTRONIC SUA is scandalous and very well-orchestrated.
Why even a WHISTLEBLOWER has been legally harassed by Toyota as it does NOT want her Toyota internal docs posted online anymore. The automaker wants to intimidate and SILENCE her. It doesn't want the PUBLIC involved, for goodness sake!
Charlene McCarthy Blake

Thank you Charlene for this great info. It seems like police is acting as an expert who has no idea about ELECTRONIC SOFTWARE DEFECTS in cars today..
[NEWS FLASH: Modern automobiles contain dozens of ECUs and tens of millions of lines of embedded software code. Many of their “problems” are NOT MECHANICAL in nature, but rather -- ELECTRONIC. These “problems” can often “disappear” once the vehicle is “turned-off” and “back-on” again (akin to “rebooting” a personal computer). Police ARE NOT engineers with thirty-to-forty+ years of “actual relevant experience” with complex electronic and embedded software safety-critical systems.]

Are you aware the Toyota & Lexus vehicles have a long history of sudden unintended acceleration? Do you really believe the man kept his foot on the gas through all the impacts and then kept pressing the gas after shifting into reverse? Likely he shifted to get the RUNAWAY PRIUS TO STOP! Please research TOYOTA's long cover-up of their SUA problem. It's the ELECTRONIC form of SUA that Toyota denies exists to date! These crashes-into-storefronts have become EPIDEMIC since the advent of the ALL-ELECTRONIC THROTTLE CONTROL SYSTEM!
Charlene McCarthy Blake

You may want to Google and read about Toyota and Lexus long history for sudden unintended acceleration..
The U.S. Justice Department announced a criminal fraud charge against Toyota Motor for misleading customers about unintended acceleration complaints in its cars, and said it would defer prosecution in exchange for a $1.2 billion fine, the largest in history against any automaker. The government also said it would appoint an independent monitor to review Toyota’s safety processes and reporting procedures for the next three years.

What was the model year of this electronically-glitchy Toyota PRIUS? The driver couldn't get the engine to reset even upon shifting into reverse? The OPEN THROTTLE electronic fault caused substantial injury and lots of destruction! How much longer will Toyota cover up its sudden unintended acceleration problem? Toyota's one WHISTLEBLOWER, Betsy Benjaminson, has been trying to warn the public for several years now but the automaker has SUED her as result!

Toyota admits deceiving consumers; $1.2-billion penalty is record
Carmaker says it misled consumers and regulators about two defects that caused sudden-acceleration incidents. 'Toyota put sales over safety, and profit over principle,' FBI says.
In a landmark settlement of criminal charges, Toyota Motor Corp. admitted deceiving regulators about deadly safety defects and agreed to pay $1.2 billion, the largest penalty ever imposed on an automaker.
“Toyota put sales over safety, and profit over principle,” said George Venizelos, assistant director of the FBI. “The disregard Toyota had for the safety of the public was outrageous. Not only did Toyota fail to recall cars with problem parts, they continued to manufacture new cars with the same parts they knew were deadly.”
The settlement brings Toyota's tab for the sudden-acceleration ordeal to about $5 billion in fines, settlements, repair costs and lost sales.

Toyota was formally charged with one count of wire fraud, which will be dismissed after three years if the automaker abides by the settlement terms. Prosecutors typically charge wire fraud in cases in which they suspect the use of phones, email and other electronic communications for criminal purposes.
Toyota's lengthy history of sudden acceleration was the subject of a series of Los Angeles Times articles in 2009, after a horrific crash outside San Diego that took the life of an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer and his family.