"Right now," Kane said, "when you say sudden acceleration, Toyota is it."
By Ralph Vartabedian and Ken Bensinger - LATIMES
- Oct 18, 2009
Article mentions an obvious solution - a shut off button - will factory FAS switches be common place? --Ed.
The 2009 Lexus ES 350 shot through suburban San Diego like a runaway missile, weaving at 120 miles an hour through rush hour freeway traffic as flames flashed from under the car.
At the wheel, veteran California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Saylor desperately tried to control the 272-horsepower engine that was roaring at full throttle as his wife, teenage daughter and brother-in-law were gripped by fear.
"We’re in trouble. . . . There’s no brakes," Saylor's brother-in-law Chris Lastrella told a police dispatcher over a cellphone. Moments later, frantic shrieks filled the car as it slammed into another vehicle and then careened into a dirt embankment, killing all four aboard.... [Read More]