Timmi of Washougal, WA, writes: In July 1998 I went in because of an issue of the cruise control not cancelling when the brake was applied. I paid to have a brake switch replaced. Concern is if there is a problem out there that people don't know about, this could cost someone's life because the car could suddenly speed back up. It has bothered me ever since it happened and recently I found this website to lodge the complaint.
CNN...Prius owners blame wild rides on cruise control; Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) -- The Toyota Prius sometimes accelerates while in cruise control, rocketing past the set speed and sending drivers on wild rides, according to some owners and auto safety experts. The most prominent Prius owner to voice concern over the issue is Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple and owner of several Priuses, including a 2010 model.
"This new model," Wozniak said during the Discovery Forum 2010 earlier this month, "has an accelerator that goes wild but only under a certain condition of cruise control." The computer guru blamed the problem not on floor mats or a sticky accelerator pedal, as Toyota has maintained, but on bad software. An exasperated Wozniak expressed frustration with his efforts to contact Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"I don't know a way to get heard," he said. "I don't know a way to get through to the government, the government safety people." CNN spoke with several owners of previous Prius models who say they were experiencing the same problem: When they resumed cruise control, the car took off as if it had a mind of its own and resisted when they slammed on the brakes. At least two filed reports with NHTSA, but said they never heard from the agency.
New York Times... In early February, days after the automaker said repairs to accelerator pedals would begin, Toyota suffered another blow to its reputation when Japanese authorities told it to investigate reports of faulty brakes on the Prius, a centerpiece of Japan's cutting-edge technology. Approximately 437,000 of its 2010 flagship Prius hybrid and other gas-electric models will be recalled worldwide.
On March 2, an analysis of government documents by The New York Times has shown that many Camrys built before 2007, which were not subject to recalls, have been linked to a comparable number of speed-control problems as recalled Camrys.
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