It was a 2009 Lexus; they have a drive by wire throttle. I still don't
completely buy the floor mat theory. There are to many cars, trucks and
floor pans covered. I would put some money on a hardware/software/interface
bug. Time will tell, but once the floor mats and accelerator pedals are
fixed I doubt it will be the end of the problems.
Also pressing an holding a button for 3 seconds during a goat rodeo might
not be as easy as you would think.
On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 4:15 PM, Bill Doom <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> What actually happened was a cop was driving the car off duty. He had his
> wife, Sister and Brother in law in the car. They were driving down the
> freeway. The freeway comes to an end and you have to make a left or a
> The throttle stuck wide open they were doing over a 100 mph when they ran
> out of road. The car launched over the curb and into a ditch. All in the
> car were killed. The brother in law was on the phone with 911 when the cop
> was trying to unstick the throttle. He avoided quite a few cars that were
> stopped at the light saving untold lives. But unable to save his or his
> families. There was talk about him getting an award for avoiding all the
> other cars. Dont know if that happened or not. The car was a "loaner" from
> a dealership while his was getting worked on. The person who had the car
> before the cop complained that the throttle was sticking. No one supposedly
> looked into it. The recall that I saw was to remove both front floor mats.
> Problem solved. What a waste of life.
> Bill in San Diego
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Bob Gardner" <email@example.com>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 1:27 PM
> Subject: Re: [Spridgets] Spridgets Digest, Vol 31, Issue 64
> There was an accident in San Diego where a Lexus went full throttle and
>> a cop and killed the cop and some others. It turned out that it was a
>> rental and the previous renter told the little twit receptionist about
>> happening to him and she did not mention it to any one.
>> What happened in this case was that the wrong floor mat was put into the
>> and the gas pedal got jammed on the floor mat and went WOT. I think this
>> where it all started.
>> Bob in San Diego
>> Message: 8
>> Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2009 23:07:31 -0800
>> From: Bill Gilroy <email@example.com>
>> Subject: Re: [Spridgets] Don't Stop Me Now! - No LBC
>> To: Frank <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Cc: email@example.com
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>> That is the current fix. I am not so sure that will fix the problem. That
>> recall applies to many cars and trucks that do not share a common floor
>> or common mats. My feeling is that it could be some type of problem with
>> the cars software, maybe at a system or hardware interface. Time will
>> if the floor mat/pedal change stops the acceleration problems then I may
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