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Police investigate runaway Prius. Accelerator pedal mystery remains unsolved, recalls by other car manufacturers. The story of last week’s 49 year-old Heti Hoti from Søgne’s176 km/h terror ride took a new turn today, after police announced they are going to conduct their own investigation into the matter. Exactly what caused last week’s incident, which ended thanks to motorway crash barriers after the accelerator pedal in Hoti’s Prius jammed, still has experts from Toyota and the Norwegian Public Roads Authority (Statens vegvesen/NPRA) baffled.

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Police investigate runaway Prius

Published on Wednesday, 17th March, 2010 at 22:24 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 18th March 2010 at 09:42.

Accelerator pedal mystery remains unsolved, recalls by other car manufacturers.

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Toyota all-weather floomat installation
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Stumped

The story of last week’s 49 year-old Heti Hoti from Søgne’s176 km/h terror ride took a new turn today, after police announced they are going to conduct their own investigation into the matter.

Exactly what caused last week’s incident, which ended thanks to motorway crash barriers after the accelerator pedal in Hoti’s Prius jammed, still has experts from Toyota and the Norwegian Public Roads Authority (Statens vegvesen/NPRA) baffled.

“We’ll be questioning the parties involved in the course of the next few days. A contributory factor is the focus this case has received. We currently have no suspects, and are keeping all our options open,” officer Kjetil Nygård of the Lillesand police tells VG.

Japanese/US faults

Meanwhile, Toyota is not the only car manufacturer that has been forced to recall some of its vehicles, NRK reports.

Honda has called back 344,000 Odyssey and 68,000 Element models from 2007 and 2008 in the US, after customers complained of an increasingly “soft” brake pedal, causing it to sink towards the floor.

The fault, which Honda say is due to air that has crept into the brake system, has caused several collisions and minor accidents.

Honda says it has also recalled over 430,000 Accord, Civic, Odyssey, Pilot, CL, CR-V and TL cars in the US and Canada, as well as its Inspire, Saber og Lagreat models in Japan, because of airbags deploying with excessive pressure.

Brake pedal problems have also plagued Nissan’s Titan pickups, their Armada and Infiniti QX56 SUVs, and Quest MPVs built between 2008 and 2010. The recall applies to the USA, Canada, Mexico, Ukraine, Russia, Taiwan, and some countries in the Middle East.

AFP News Agency reports Suzuki has recalled 430,000 of its domestically-sold Suzuki Every and Mazda Scrum small vans produced between 2005 and 2009 because of the risk of fire in its ventilation system.

Problems from South Korea/US/France

47,300 Hyundai Sonata models have been called back because of several complaints about the door lock mechanism, reports NTB.

And finally, French Peugeot and Citroen have recalled ten percent of their 107 and C1 models, respectively, due to identical accelerator pedal faults as Toyota is experiencing in many of its cars.

These are produced in the same Czechoslovakian factory as Toyota uses. Sudden acceleration has caused 19 deaths in the last ten years, Bloomberg.com reports.



Published on Wednesday, 17th March, 2010 at 22:24 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 18th March 2010 at 09:42.

This post has the following tags: toyota, prius, kristiansand, agder, lillesand, accelerator, freeze, recall, problem, car, honda, hyundai, mazda, citroen, peugeot, suzuki, nissan, .





  
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