uncontrollable acceleration | San Diego Injury Accident Lawyer Blog
The Ford Motor Company recently paid $17.5 million to settle a dispute with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concerning the company’s failure to launch a needed recall in a timely manner, according to a recent article in Auto Remarketing.
The recall involved more than 420,000 Ford Escape vehicles in model years 2001 through 2004. The NHTSA had initially investigated the vehicles after receiving multiple complaints that the throttle was becoming stuck in the “open” position, even after the driver took his or her foot off the accelerator. Upon investigation, the agency determined that the cause of the problem was inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector, and the problem could occur even if the cruise control was not engaged. Read the rest »
Earlier we reported about the San Diego Man‚ James Sikes‚ who was saved by California Highway Patrol officers after his Toyota Prius allegedly experienced uncontrollable acceleration‚ speeding up to 90 mph on Interstate 8 (I-8)‚ before being stopped by the officers.
Now‚ bloggers and other journalists are starting to doubt the story.
When reported accidents like this occur‚ we generally take them at face value—unless they are completely and clearly fabricated. We’ll continue to do so‚ but even our office has its’ concerns. First‚ the slow pace of the acceleration and the slow top speed (90 mph is fast‚ but is not uncommon for some drivers along San Diego’s freeways) do not at first indicate that the vehicle was accelerating out of control. Read the rest »