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Toyota Accelerator Allegations May Be Hoax

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I've been scratching my head over this story.

As someone who's driven many a Toyota vehicle in my driving lifetime, based on my experiences with the reliability of this auto brand, I've been just a little skeptical about the many allegations of accelerator issues.

Then, on the heels of congressional hearings a few weeks back, a driver in California goes through some sort of dramatic 911 chronicled incident with his Toyota Prius hybrid and was ultimately helped  to stop his runaway vehicle by a state trooper.

While most of the main stream media ate up the story without exhibiting the healthy skepticism you would assume a good journalist would show,  real journalist Michael Fumento started asking some hard questions.

Questions like: why didn't the driver just shift his vehicle into neutral, or how could the driver have reached the gas pedal with his hand to release it while driving in excess of 90 MPH as he alleges?

Fumento piece seems to cast some serious doubt on the truthfulness of the driver who's currently embroiled in bankruptcy,  and seems to imply this was some sort of staged attempt to get money out of Toyota.

Perhaps, in light of this, all those other gas pedal issues need to be revisited.

At the very least, Fumento's piece for Forbes, "Toyota Hybrid Horror Hoax," is an interesting read.

Fumento is scheduled to be on the Today Show Monday morning to discuss his expose.

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borg said:

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Toyota and others knew they were having issues and attempted to hide it. All Car Companies should have came forward with a full disclosures of what car were dangerous. Instead of waiting for a huge media blitz and tons of public pressure. I never seen so many car companies GM - NISSAN - TOYOTA - HYUNDAI having recalls all at the same time. I had no idea my car was affected until I looked on http://www.carpedalrecall.com and found I had a bad Anti Lock control unit on my 2008 Pontiac G8 , my co workers Ford Truck had a recall also. So be careful

republicanblack said:

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Well it seems Sipes can go down in history as the Hene family did and the balloon boy. It's so funny, but he could face charges if they figure out if its fake, check the story out

http://wendygdphillips.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/will-prius-driver-face-charges-like-balloon-boy%E2%80%99s-dad/

Jill Ciminillo said:

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Um. Does anyone remember the hoopla several years back about some tires and some Ford SUVs? That was far worse -- and far more real -- than the current Toyota problems. Recalls are not new, and there's usually a smattering each month ... if not each week. I think far more attention is being paid to the Toyota problem because people like to see the mighty fall.

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