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Posted by bwilson4web on May 27, 2011, 6:55 am
 
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_18149201

[quote]PASADENA - A martial arts student punched the lights out of her
gym Thursday morning when she crashed her Toyota Prius through the
storefront and struck an elevator shaft, trapping an employee inside.

"I was going to class, and as I was parking in the parking space, the
car wouldn't turn off and it kept going even though my foot wasn't on
the accelerator," said Terry Young of Pasadena. "It continued to
accelerate into the wall and continued to move after I was out."

Young's car slammed into the Shan Tung Kung Fu martial arts center in
the Roosevelt Place strip mall in the 2200 block of Colorado
Boulevard, then plowed through a wall before coming to a stop inside
the elevator shaft.


Read more: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_18149201#ixzz1NWjIuYZh
[/quote]

The photo shows an NHW20 Prius. Another article reports:

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/ci_18145626
[quote]. . .
"I was going to class, and as I was parking in the parking space, the
car wouldn't turn off and it kept going even though my foot wasn't on
the accelerator," said driver Terry Young of Pasadena. "It continued
to accelerate into the wall and continued to move after I was out."
. . .
[/quote]

From a third article:

http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-runaway-car-pasadena,0,2504516.story
[quote]. . .
She said her Toyota Prius would not stop, even after she pulled the
keys out of the ignition.
. . . [/quote]
This sounds like a classic case of accelerator pedal entrapment which
emphasizes the importance to understand:

Shift to "N" and live!

You can shift a Prius (actually most cars) to "N" and the engine
control computer will keep it from blowing up. Even if the engine is
lost, gaining control of the car is key and once in "N", there won't
be any power going to where you don't want to go! But this is not a
natural act.

Do yourself a favor and practice shifting into "N". Go to a quiet
street with no traffic or a parking lot and while running, mash the
accelerator and as the Prius takes off, shift into "N". The first
time, it is new and a little intimidating but then you'll learn it is
'no big deal.' But don't forget to train your kids and wife and
husband and anyone else who might drive your car. Shift to "N" and
live.

Bob Wilson

Posted by Neo on May 28, 2011, 2:25 pm
 

A basic version of the 2gen Prius requires the electronic key
inserted into the slot to start.  I've only driven this  type
of Prius twice (via an Enterprise Rental) but I seem to recall
that once the Prius was turned on electronic key would lock
in place and couldnot be removed until the car was turned off.
It sounds like the Prius accelerator pedal was pressed and/or
the cruise control function was on.

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