Jammed throttle on Toyota Blamed for Car Becoming Airborne in Grayson

The throttle in a 2010 Toyota Corolla allegedly jammed while a Loganville man was entering the Kroger gas station Saturday night, launching the car into the air and onto another vehicle.

A jammed throttle on a 2010 Toyota Corolla is blamed for a vehicle becoming airborne in the Grayson Kroger parking lot Saturday night resulting in two cars having to be towed from the scene.

According to the police report from Gwinnett County Police, Neville Tate, of Loganville, backed his Toyota out of a parking space at Kroger and headed to the gas station to fill up. That was when the throttle stuck, causing the vehicle to accelerate out of his control. He attempted to steer the car away from a car already parked at the pump, jumping the curb in the process and launching the car into the air. It landed on top of the driver's side of an Oldsmobile parked in the Kroger parking lot. That vehicle was not occupied as the driver was working inside the store at the time.

Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene, but nobody was seriously injured. The driver of the vehicle that became airborne reportedly complained of pain to his hand, but refused treatment. Although he was determined to be the at fault driver, nobody was cited due to the fact that the accident took place on private property.

The 2010 Toyota Corollas were included in the 2.3 million vehicles recalled by Toyota in January 2010 because of reports of accelerators sticking. According to Autoblog, a class action lawsuit was filed against the company in 2009 following more than 2,000 complaints. Jammed accelerator pedals were blamed for accidents that resulted in 16 deaths and 243 injuries at that time.

Bellechatte March 24, 2012 at 12:46 PM
“Christine,” my husband’s Toyota Avalon doesn’t care much for me and the sentiment is returned. I borrowed “Christine” one day, clueless of her disdain. Thank heavens, I was driving on a long stretch of road in the (sort of) country when there was not much traffic. As I headed out the driveway, I noticed the car was accelerating without any help from me. Thinking that some strange glitch happened, I applied the brake and found it would slightly slow the car but it continued to accelerate quickly. As I headed toward an intersection, I was negotiating steering the car to a ditch to avoid hitting a truck. Truck moved and I turned right still zooming. I tried to move the gear to neutral, gear would not budge; Finally, I zoomed into a farm road until the car seized; and stopped. Whew. Christine nearly had me! All happened in about three or four minutes. We had gotten an email from Toyota a couple of years before the car went all “Christine.” It told us to remove the mats from the driver side; as that was the problem with the Toyota acceleration issue. Well, it was not. When my husband got “Christine” to the Toyota hospital; they repaired her and Toyota paid for the repair. He was told vehicles with this problem can randomly accelerate. “Christine” is all better now, but I still do not trust her.
Linda Gifford May 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM
People like Grant who are diehard Toyota lovers will argue until they're blue that Toyota can never be at fault. They're afraid that if their import is found faulty that they will look like dumbasses for their continued loyalty. I have neighbors whose Toyota was in the shop more than on the road and they still sent in the survey to consumer reports saying it was the best car ever.
Linda Gifford May 10, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Am I the only one who thinks it's weird that so many Toyota drivers can't remember which is the gas and which is the brake? I don't think the positioning of the two has changed over the last 5 decades or so. And I do realize that on rare occasions a person not paying attention might hit the gas instead. But why so many Toyota drivers? Sorry Grant. Not buying it.
Linda Gifford May 10, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Oh, right, so you're one of the "big 3 govt. conspiracy" nuts. The Chevy Cobalt did not have the problem you are attributing to it. Show me the links and the recalls. They had a minor steering issue which they issued a recall for. What you and some others fail to acknowledge is that Toyota execs admitted to paying people off to keep their problem quiet for years. There is nothing wrong with recall, every auto company has them. The point is, make the call, don't hide the defect from the public, pay off the ones you can, and simply hope nobody dies. Toyota lost on that one
Grant May 11, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Linda writes "People like Grant who are diehard Toyota lovers will argue until they're blue that Toyota can never be at fault" Where did I offer support for Toyota or any other specific brand of vehicle ? I'm offering nothing more than a simple physics lesson that anyone who understands anything about how automobiles actually work would understand . Half baked & nutty conspiracy theories are silly and fun but the fact is on every single car you have ever been in the brakes have more stopping power than the engine can overcome . Every , Single. Car > FWIW "unintended acceleration" has been claimed in many different cars , not just Toyotas...


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