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February 18th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

The crash that changed everything for Toyota

Toyota's growing list of problems really came to light after a California Highway Patrol officer and his family were killed when their car took off at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.

Police say the problem was the floor mat. But as our Deb Feyerick reports, the victims' family is not totally convinced.

Full coverage: Toyota recall

Filed under: Business
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Insight

    Even it power steering and power brakes revert to standard you can still steer and stop. This accident defies logic.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  2. Mikael

    In the story it was discussed that a push button start/stop system contributed to these crashes. If you stop your engine while moving you lose power steering and brakes. Instead of making a standard way to turn off the engine of a car how about teaching people that if you start to loose control of your accelerator put your car in neutral? This would take care of loosing control of speed without loosing braking and power steering.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:36 am |
  3. Martin

    This was a truly tragic event when it occurred last August. Why is it news today? Smells like some plaintiff's attorney trying to make things even worse for Toyota, and is using CNN.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  4. Brandy

    I just dont understand why the guy didnt throw the gear into neutral???!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  5. Gaylord Weirich

    Could they put it in neutral?

    February 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  6. Insight

    Why didn't the driver simply turn the ignition off ? This would have shut down the engine. He could have taken the car out of drive also which would have prevented the acceleration. Its beyond comprehension that a socalled experienced driver never did either of these things and just let the car build up speed.

    February 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  7. chigger

    Quiet frankly, I'm sick and tired of hearing all the dogging going on with the toyota company. I think the government, is trying their best to make the company fail and look bad. It's sabatoge. There are other vehicles that are dangerous, we own one. Chevy cobalt. Try this one on. Try having your gearshift go out, headlilghts going out while driving at night, these are just a couple of the things, do you think that CHEVY HAS HAD RECALLS ON THIS? NO!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:14 am |