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.
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