Scrutiny, in the Fast Lane
Unintended acceleration a problem for more than just Toyota, Lexus
According to meticulous research done by Consumer Reports (the magazine looked at almost 6,000 complaints, and included only those that happened at higher speeds and could be considered dangerous), Toyota vehicles (including the Lexus brand) were involved in 41 percent of relevant unintended-acceleration cases. That was higher than the next two on the list -- Ford, with 28 percent, and Chrysler, at 9 percent -- combined. Rounding out the list are General Motors, at 5 percent (disproportionately low, according to Consumer Reports, based on its market share); Honda, at 4 percent; and Nissan, at 3 percent.
Included in the online report (here) is a great video -- we've embedded it after the jump -- which shows you the do's and don'ts if you should suddenly find yourself in a vehicle that's speeding out of control. (Lesson one: don't pump the brakes, as that may cause you to lose power braking -- who knew?)
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