Thursday, November 3, 2016

TOYOTA PRIUS crashes through window at Pier 1 Imports store near Park City Center

Car crashes through window at Pier 1 Imports store near Park City Center

A motorist who thought her foot was on the brake crashed into Pier 1 Imports near Park City Center Wednesday.
No one was injured after the woman's car crashed through a large plate-glass window at the 806 Plaza Blvd. store at 11:30 a.m., city fire bureau Capt. Todd Hutchinson said.
He said there were employees and customers inside the store.
A woman was injured in a similar incident in 2011.
The woman was pulling into a parking space when her car jumped the curb, smashed through the front doors and windows and traveled 25 feet into the store.
No one else was injured in the April 21, 2011, crash.


Azar is there a recall of any sorts? I have a 2006 Prius and I have seen my own car do this?

Charlene McCarthy Blake
Joan, please file vehicle owner complaints at the Center for Auto Safety ( and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Start the complaint process at Toyota and keep us updated as to how long this takes and exactly what Toyota does in your case. There is a long questionnaire you will receive from Toyota and then an appointment will be set up to send in the SMART team at Toyota. Let us know if they blame you for the issue. One woman's brand new 2016 Lexus sat on the dealership lot for 3 months waiting for Toyota's "rapid response team!" 

Charlene McCarthy Blake
File a Vehicle Safety Complaint

Azar Brannan · 

Charlene McCarthy Blake Thank you Charlene for answering her question.

Azar Brannan · 

Charlene McCarthy Blake
Where is the make; model; & model year? Is rhe automaker worried that tracking will be done since these crashes are EPIDEMIC now since the advent of the all-electronic throttle control system?

Azar Brannan · 

It is a Toyota Prius which has lots of issue with Unintended Acceleration.

Azar Brannan · 

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!

Azar Brannan · 
[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.]

Azar Brannan · 
Dave Rissler Toyota and Lexus are prone to 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.

Charlene McCarthy Blake
Dave Rissler What exactly is funny about a car surging into a building there people might be killed? Toyota has a realworld problem with sudden unintended acceleration...the electronic variety! Just ask the SUA VICTIMS!

0ccam's razor does not imply here! The "simplest explanation" of "pedal confusion" is meant to deceive the public, say the victims. In fact, the all-electronic throttle control systems have computer software that is not strictly regulated as in the airline industry. The result is a lot of vehicles slamming into buildings IN PARKING LOTS! No simple explanation will be adequate for the very complex computer-initiated RUNAWAY situation!

UPDATE: Braking Issue In 2010 Toyota Prius Hybrid, Recall TBD

UPDATE: The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a formal inquiry into the brakes of the 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid. It has now received 124 complaints of faulty brakes, out of roughly 37,000 of the cars sold to date in the U.S.
Toyota said it would cooperate fully with the investigation, which applies only to the 2010 model-year Toyota Prius hybrid.
[Automotive News (subscription required)]
Yesterday, we reported that Japan's Department of Transportation had forced Toyota to investigatecomplaints about inconsistent braking behavior in its new 2010 Toyota Prius, the completely redesigned third generation of its signature hybrid.
Today, we learn that Toyota has admitted that early examples of the 2010 Prius--those built from the launch last spring until late January--had a software glitch in the redesigned electronic system that controls its anti-lock braking system.
The NHTSA has received more than 100 complaints about unusual brake pedal feel.  Drivers complain of loss of braking ability or slipping brakes, often on bumpy or icy roads. Fourteen drivers in Japan also identified the same behavior, all during winter months.

Anti-lock + regen + braking = confusion?
Toyota said it has identified a problem that occurs when the anti-lock braking system activates, to prevent the car from skidding, just as the 2010 Prius switches over from regenerative braking--which recharges its battery pack--to the conventional friction brakes.
Hiroyuki Yokoyama, the company's manager in charge of quality in Japan, told reporters Toyota had now found the problem, and that a fix (presumably a software patch) has been designed.
2010 Prius only, not earlier models
But he also said Toyota is still debating "what actions to take" for 2010 Prius models already on the road.
The problem is restricted to the third-generation 2010 Prius, introduced early last year. That car uses a redesigned control system that integrates anti-lock braking with the combination of its regenerative and conventional brakes.
The problem does not apply to either first-generation (2000-2003) or second-generation (2004-2009) Prius models.
What to do? Brake harder
If you experience any unusual braking behavior while driving a 2010 Toyota Prius--especially in conditions where the road is slippery or bumpy--Yokoyama said the solution is simple: Press harder on the brakes.
Drivers of 2010 Prius models who have experienced the braking issue say it can recur in those road conditions, so stay alert and be prepared to slam on the brakes if necessary. Don't worry about losing control; the anti-lock system will prevent the tires from losing traction.
Different from accelerator issues
This anti-lock braking issue in the 2010 Toyota Prius is a new and different problem from the two separate recalls of various Toyota and Lexus models that may experience sticking accelerator pedals. Toyota is now recalling more than 8 million cars on five continents to address that problem.
For full details on the two earlier Toyota recalls in North America (including certain Lexus and Pontiac models)--along with what to do if your accelerator sticks--visit our summary: Toyota And Lexus Recall: Everything You Need To Know.

Also different: Woz
The latest Prius anti-lock braking problem also seems to be separate from the problems experienced by Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, aka Woz, in his new 2010 Toyota Prius.
He complained on Monday about sudden acceleration in that car, though he noted he was able to replicate the problem at will. It's possible that behavior may be related to the unusual control interface for the cruise-control system used by Toyota on its hybrids.
Toyota's shining star
The Prius midsize hatchback may be Toyota's most visible vehicle. It defines the company's achievement in developing hybrid-electric vehicles, of which it has sold more than 2 million globally since 1997--about two-thirds of all the hybrids in the world.
It is by far Toyota's highest-production hybrid, with about 1.2 million made over 14 years. Roughly half of those have been sold in the U.S., the world's largest market for hybrids, which now represent almost 3 percent of new car sales there.
As of 2009, the Prius was the third-best-selling car for Toyota in the U.S., following the midsize Camry and compact Corolla (though light trucks and crossovers are not included in those numbers).

2010 – 2015 TOYOTA PRIUS Service Brakes Hydraulic Problems  (as of: 3 Nov 2016): 

Service Brakes Problem on the 2015 TOYOTA PRIUS [5]

Service Brakes Problem on the 2014 TOYOTA PRIUS [10]

Service Brakes Problem on the 2013 TOYOTA PRIUS [17]

Service Brakes Hydraulic Problem on the 2012 TOYOTA PRIUS [3]

Service Brakes Hydraulic Problem on the 2011 TOYOTA PRIUS [3]

Service Brakes Hydraulic Problem on the 2010 TOYOTA PRIUS [876]

2010 – 2015 TOYOTA PRIUS Vehicle Speed Control Problems  (as of: 3 Nov 2016): 

Vehicle Speed Control Problem on the 2015 TOYOTA PRIUS [4] 

Vehicle Speed Control Problem on the 2014 TOYOTA PRIUS [7]

Vehicle Speed Control Problem on the 2013 TOYOTA PRIUS [11]

Vehicle Speed Control Problem on the 2012 TOYOTA PRIUS [9]

Vehicle Speed Control Problem on the 2011 TOYOTA PRIUS [15]

Vehicle Speed Control Problem on the 2010 TOYOTA PRIUS [265]