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March 9th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 3/9/2010

Editor's Note: On Tuesday, American Morning’s audience focused on concerns about Toyota’s runaway cars, in light of the story by Deb Feyerick. Some questioned the story, disbelieving the driver and suggesting “it doesn’t smell right.” Others wondered why the driver had not shifted the car into neutral, and requested that CNN re-broadcast the appropriate safety measures for such incidents.

  • Gary: I have a 2009 Prius. I just watched the story about the runaway Prius and I don't believe it. I would be interested to see if the driver would take a polygraph test. It doesn’t smell right.
    Jeff: about the runaway Toyotas. can you not suggest that 1st you don’t panic. next use flashers and shift into neutral. coast to shoulder and shut car off. just trying to help
  • Dan: Re: Runaway Prius. You gave extensive background on the vehicle. where is the background on the operator?
  • Harv: How many idiots does it take to cause an accident or a death? 1. A driver with a stuck throttle, reaching down to pull on the throttle and dialing 911 in a speeding car in traffic. 2. A 911 operator who doesn't tell the driver to simply put the car in neutral. 3. A police officer that maneuvers in front of the car to slow it down in traffic, when he could have signaled the driver to roll down his window and yelled to him to put it in neutral. Unbelievable! With every stuck throttle story, please emphasize that putting the car in neutral will stop the acceleration. You can and should help educate the public.
  • Sheila: Regarding the runaway Prius: He should be driving a Crown Vic made in Talbotville, Ontario. I see that is what the police used to stop his car. Ford's are closing the plant next year. You won't be able to buy one soon.

What do you think? Continue the conversation below.

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  1. Bill

    One of the things that has bothered me the most about Toyota’s problem with car acceleration around the world is; why hasn’t it happened in Japan? From what I can find out the same autos manufactured in Japan don’t have this problem. In fact, the Japanese people don’t have a clue what is being talked over here unless they pick it up on the news. Why is this? Could it be just the Japanese innate disrespect for other nations

    March 10, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  2. Elaine

    Why are 911 dispatchers telling owners of a runaway toyota, to shut the engine off & hit the brakes???!!! It has been repeorted through several news agencys as well. DO NOT SHUT THE CAR OFF!! PUT THE CAR IN NEUTRAL!!!!!!! This can be done in an automatic or standrard transmission. This way you will maintain control with power steering & brakes while the engine is running!!!!! PUT THE CAR IN NEUTRAL & LET IT COAST ALONG WITH THE USE OF BRAKES TO REDUCE SPEED & BRING THE VEHICLE TO A STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  3. Jim

    I'm with the doubters. This smells like his burning brakes. Shift to neutral or turn the ignition off. Give us a break, the highway patrol helps him stop the car with a blow horn? My guess is he was ticked at Toyota for not giving him a new car when he took it in and was told his car wasn't on the recall list.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  4. Walter

    This guy should'nt be on the highway driving. He stated he didn't want to take his hands off of the stering wheel because of the turns in the road, yet he can dial 911 instead of turning off the ignition, or putting the trans into neutral. It sounds like a lawsuit is comming.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  5. mary powell

    Toyota is lying throught their teeth..In 1988 a toyota pickup throttle got stuck and actually destroyed 5 vehicles on a down town street in Olympia Washington. The driver said the throttle got stuck and she could not get it to shut down. When I asked her why she didn't turn it off, she said it wouldn't turn off, she turned the key but it still kept going..This was in 1988! They have had many years to get this problem under control but obviously they ignored it until now. I am so sick and tired of the rich companies lying and cheating, getting away with murder of we the people all for the love of the dollar. Yes it cost them money to fix the problem, but it would have saved so many lives.They should be held responcible to the full max..They chose to ignore the problem all these years.. NO EXCUSE is acceptable...

    March 10, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  6. Juan De Dios Ochoa

    What about Carlos in CA. It is the taxpayers duty to help him. After all his dad is a drunk and his parents fight. Never mind taking on some personal responsibility by his parents. All he needs is taxpayer money. We are to blame for his problems? Is his family here illegally?

    March 9, 2010 at 11:39 pm |
  7. A. Smith, Oregon

    Yes, I agree, that driver didn't appear to even remotely have the required education to be driving a car.

    He had to be told to use the emergency brake.
    He had to be told to turn off the ignition.

    He didn't attempt to immediately shift the vehicle into Neutral.

    He should have been required to have a drug screening with a follow-up polygraph test to find out if what he reported as a problem actually was truthful.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  8. moe Habibi

    Today's Toyota story does not make sense. it seems there hands behind the scene working hard to spread "dis-trust " about Toyota to sell American made cars> I do not understand how he did not tried to shift the gear into neutral and shut the engine off , and how is it possible for him to drive that fast and lean over to try to pull back the gas pedal many seconds he took his eyes off the road while he was leaning over and to lean over in that angel while you are sitting down and you are close to the wheel don't you have to be in a good physical shape to withstand the pressure ?..the story is hard to believe ...

    March 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  9. Tom

    These cars are a ticking time bomb,Just a matter of time before one runs through a crowd of people.It is time for our goverment to step in and park these cars until Toyota can get them fixed and prove it. Lets see if their feet are really to the fire.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:51 pm |