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2011-05-27 04:41:48 AM  
i50.tinypic.com
 
2011-05-27 07:24:24 AM  
Pretty sure she was high at the time. I don't like to stereotype people, but she definitely looks like she may have had a few puffs before getting in her car that day.
 
2011-05-27 07:25:32 AM  
That's what happens when you get a toy Yoda
 
2011-05-27 07:26:46 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Pretty sure she was high at the time. I don't like to stereotype people, but she definitely looks like she may have had a few puffs before getting in her car that day.


Are you kidding? A pot head wouldn't have been driving to a martial arts class. This happened for a very obvious and simple reason:
She's a woman.
 
2011-05-27 07:28:00 AM  
She said her Toyota Prius would not stop, even after she pulled the keys out of the ignition.

Next time try the brake pedal. It's the one on the right.
 
2011-05-27 07:28:39 AM  

BurnShrike: She said her Toyota Prius would not stop, even after she pulled the keys out of the ignition.

Next time try the brake pedal. It's the one on the right.


Wait, I mean the other right.
 
2011-05-27 07:29:06 AM  
law.gsu.edu
 
2011-05-27 07:29:47 AM  
ummm, you can't pull the keys out of the ignition on a Pruis minus physically damaging something. Since the keys are proximity keys, its not like pulling the key from the iginition would do anything anyway.

Smells like BS to me.
 
2011-05-27 07:29:54 AM  
You are all overlooking the important issue here - did she make the class?
 
2011-05-27 07:32:41 AM  

AbbeySomeone: You are all overlooking the important issue here - did she make the class?


She missed out on the martial arts class, but she's enrolled in driver's ed.
 
2011-05-27 07:34:28 AM  
She

/Shocked
//Not really
 
2011-05-27 07:37:56 AM  

BurnShrike: AbbeySomeone: You are all overlooking the important issue here - did she make the class?

She missed out on the martial arts class, but she's enrolled in driver's ed.


Sounds like she enrolled into the dojo.
 
2011-05-27 07:40:41 AM  
"Smells like BS to me."

The only BS is the automatic free pass that certain people give to Toyota in any circumstance. If this had happened to a domestic vehicle, you would have been foaming at the mouth.
 
2011-05-27 07:42:33 AM  
It's just in
It's just in
A mini-mall
 
2011-05-27 07:44:58 AM  

BurnShrike: She said her Toyota Prius would not stop, even after she pulled the keys out of the ignition.

Next time try the brake pedal. It's the one on the right.


Wouldn't shutting off the ignition kill power to the brakes? Priuses (Prii?) use regenerative braking tech to slow down. Do they even have a manual reversion mode for the brakes when the power is dead, or do you have to just pull the e-brake and pray?
 
2011-05-27 07:45:28 AM  

Kurmudgeon: "Smells like BS to me."

The only BS is the automatic free pass that certain people give to Toyota in any circumstance. If this had happened to a domestic vehicle, you would have been foaming at the mouth.


Well, Toyota has, over the years, built up their reputation by building high quality cars. They earned their reputation.

Domestic car makers earned their reputation too.
 
2011-05-27 07:46:50 AM  
I wonder.

I wah-wah-wah-wah wonder.
 
2011-05-27 07:54:59 AM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Wouldn't shutting off the ignition kill power to the brakes? Priuses (Prii?) use regenerative braking tech to slow down. Do they even have a manual reversion mode for the brakes when the power is dead, or do you have to just pull the e-brake and pray?


The Prius has brakes just like anything else. The regenerative braking works when the foot is off the gas and not on the brake or when the brake is being pressed very lightly. If you stomp on the brake, it works like anything else. Some versions have anti-lock brakes.
 
2011-05-27 07:55:08 AM  
Do the transmissions on these vehicles not have a 'neutral' position ?
 
2011-05-27 07:57:33 AM  
After the crash, did she run through the mini-mall in her underwear?
 
2011-05-27 07:57:43 AM  

Kurmudgeon: "Smells like BS to me."

The only BS is the automatic free pass that certain people give to Toyota in any circumstance. If this had happened to a domestic vehicle, you would have been foaming at the mouth.


Don't worry about this lady getting off scott-free. Virtually all modern vehicles have black boxes in them that will tell the investigating officer(s) if she really hit the brake or not along with tons of other related info.

What that lady doesn't know is that even if the car is 480hp, the brakes are strong enough to stop it... that's how we do burnouts!
 
2011-05-27 08:01:57 AM  

PghThermal: Do the transmissions on these vehicles not have a 'neutral' position ?


From what I've heard, in a few cases an automatic transmission can get locked "in gear" and the driver is unable to get it to disengage. Not sure whether that's a line of bull, but I know this much: I drive a manual. If worst comes to worst, I can physically disconnect the engine from the drivetrain with my left foot, and I like it that way.

/still thinks 99% of these cases are driver error
 
2011-05-27 08:05:25 AM  

PghThermal: Do the transmissions on these vehicles not have a 'neutral' position ?


Yes, and you can shift in to it at any time (I have done it in my wife's Prius). Also, there is a spot on the dash to insert the key fob (some models don't have the full keyless system) but the car physically locks the key in place when the car is on.
 
2011-05-27 08:13:50 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Pretty sure she was high at the time. I don't like to stereotype people, but she definitely looks like she may have had a few puffs before getting in her car that day.


Well, she did buy a Prius...
 
2011-05-27 08:16:22 AM  

Kurmudgeon: "Smells like BS to me."

The only BS is the automatic free pass that certain people give to Toyota in any circumstance. If this had happened to a domestic vehicle, you would have been foaming at the mouth.


I love the smell of ad hominem in the morning. Smells like.... fark.
 
2011-05-27 08:16:44 AM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: /still thinks 99% of these cases all accients are driver error


FIFY. People drive thoughtlessly all the time.
 
2011-05-27 08:20:56 AM  
Does that license plate say "DEAD MUD"?
 
2011-05-27 08:22:50 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Kurmudgeon: "Smells like BS to me."

The only BS is the automatic free pass that certain people give to Toyota in any circumstance. If this had happened to a domestic vehicle, you would have been foaming at the mouth.

Well, Toyota has, over the years, built up their reputation by building high quality cars. They earned their reputation.

Domestic car makers earned their reputation too.


True, although reputation is simply conventional wisdom, which is usually behind the times. Hyundai and Kia have historically had a reputation for being fugly little deathtraps. These days they're a lot better on both counts, and conventional wisdom is catching up.

The American automakers make much better stuff these days than they were making ten years ago.

Having owned a Honda, a Toyota and a Jeep, I really don't get the emotional attachment people have to car brands. All were/have been solid vehicles.
 
2011-05-27 08:27:10 AM  

BurnShrike: BurnShrike: She said her Toyota Prius would not stop, even after she pulled the keys out of the ignition.

Next time try the brake pedal. It's the one on the right.

Wait, I mean the other right.


She can't keep her foot off the accelerator.
 
2011-05-27 08:31:57 AM  
Elwood: Baby clothes..

Jake: This place has got everything.
 
2011-05-27 08:32:37 AM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: BurnShrike: BurnShrike: She said her Toyota Prius would not stop, even after she pulled the keys out of the ignition.

Next time try the brake pedal. It's the one on the right.

Wait, I mean the other right.

She can't keep her foot off the accelerator.


Next time I promise to have some coffee before trying to figure out what side the brake pedal is on.
 
2011-05-27 08:37:47 AM  
RickyWilliams'sBong: Hyundai and Kia have historically had a reputation for being fugly little deathtraps.

A lot of the 'early' Hyundais that earned that impression were actually rebranded cheapass Mitsubishis. Hyundai wanted to get into the US market but had no distribution channels, etc, so they licensed low-end Mitsus that weren't normally sold over here, redid them with Hyundai regalia (such as), and dumped them here cheaply to build up a brand name.

Not the most effective strategy ever, but Hyundai's still here and now giving us much better cars, yeah.

To me, the really sad thing is that maybe 80% of the current crop of East Asian imports to the US are so incredibly ugly. Seriously, seriously ugly. I don't know what's gotten into Japan, especially, but knock it off -- and I'm not talking about their Cube cars and whatnot. Most (not all) Japanese sedans sold here are hideous and stupid-looking.

And Mazda, why did you do that to your grills? Ridiculously stupid.

The Prius looks dumb, but it's right out of a 1970s Car of the Future design plan, and it's aerodynamic, so at least they have an excuse.
 
2011-05-27 08:39:59 AM  
BurnShrike: Next time I promise to have some coffee before trying to figure out what side the brake pedal is on.

In a Prius, as in most automatics, if you just use both feet and floor both brakes, the car will stop, and fairly quickly.

This isn't the recommended method, but if you get left and right confused, to hell with it.

Actually, in virtually any standard, if you floor any two pedals, same deal. The car will at least stop accelerating. Until the clutch gives out, in the worst combination . . . .
 
2011-05-27 08:40:10 AM  
Many Toyota cars are made in the US.
It's ok to hate them and question their quality now.
 
2011-05-27 08:58:45 AM  

KoolerThanJesus: Since the keys are proximity keys, its not like pulling the key from the iginition would do anything anyway.


This....and:

What a car running through a mall may look like:

www.themotorreport.com.au
 
2011-05-27 09:08:29 AM  
Toyotas used to be reliable and well made until the pot smoking drunk UAW freaks started making them in US factories.
 
2011-05-27 09:09:44 AM  

Jake Havechek: Toyotas used to be reliable and well made until the pot smoking drunk UAW freaks started making them in US factories.


My Toyota was made just down the highway in Cambridge Ontario.
 
2011-05-27 09:12:27 AM  
She said her Toyota Prius would not stop, even after she pulled the keys out of the ignition.

Any Prius owner will say Bulllllshiat here... You cannot be able to pull the keys out when it's on. I keep getting reminded of this fact in my hurry to get out of the car to my house.
 
2011-05-27 09:14:03 AM  

BurnShrike: She said her Toyota Prius would not stop, even after she pulled the keys out of the ignition.

Next time try the brake pedal. It's the one on the right.


I assure you that she was vigorously pressing the brake pedal,not only wasn't it stopping the car - it made it go faster. wierd huh?

tiny car= small and close together pedals.

the big footed cow was pressing both most likely
 
2011-05-27 09:25:04 AM  

RandomAxe: RickyWilliams'sBong: Hyundai and Kia have historically had a reputation for being fugly little deathtraps.

A lot of the 'early' Hyundais that earned that impression were actually rebranded cheapass Mitsubishis. Hyundai wanted to get into the US market but had no distribution channels, etc, so they licensed low-end Mitsus that weren't normally sold over here, redid them with Hyundai regalia (such as), and dumped them here cheaply to build up a brand name.

Not the most effective strategy ever, but Hyundai's still here and now giving us much better cars, yeah.

To me, the really sad thing is that maybe 80% of the current crop of East Asian imports to the US are so incredibly ugly. Seriously, seriously ugly. I don't know what's gotten into Japan, especially, but knock it off -- and I'm not talking about their Cube cars and whatnot. Most (not all) Japanese sedans sold here are hideous and stupid-looking.

And Mazda, why did you do that to your grills? Ridiculously stupid.

The Prius looks dumb, but it's right out of a 1970s Car of the Future design plan, and it's aerodynamic, so at least they have an excuse.


Didn't know that about Hyundai. That makes sense. It still baffles me that Mitsubishi makes cars. Japanese companies seem to have some kind of pathological need to be involved in way too many markets -- like GE in need of a helmet-fitting.

I'm with you on the ugliness. With the exception of a few Nissan models, the Japanese have gone downhill, imo.

The Mazda grill and headlights give it a sadistic smile kind of look. It's creepy, like their designers all fell asleep watching Jack Nicholson in The Shining or something. The only model they make that I have any experience with is the CX7, which was awful. Crossovers are supposed to combine SUV-like room with car-like mileage. The CX7 combines car-like room with SUV-like mileage.

My first car was a 2000 Civic. That was Honda's peak in terms of design, as far as I'm concerned. The Civic now looks like a slightly-updated early-'00s Saturn L-series. It's hideous. And the CRV's only purpose seems to be to out-ugly the old Jeep Compasses.

The Fit isn't bad though.

The Prius is weird-looking, but I get that that's kind of the point. And it's hard to argue with 50 mpg.

The Yaris isn't terrible-looking, and I'd be okay with it if it didn't sound (and ride) like a 20-year-old lawnmower.

Ford's new stuff is much better-looking than what the Japanese are doing. Chrysler's designs have gotten a lot better, especially on the interiors. Chevy is still pretty bland.
 
2011-05-27 09:27:17 AM  

PghThermal: Do the transmissions on these vehicles not have a 'neutral' position ?


technically not a transmission, but yes. more of a big ass generator. 2008 prius here. got it for my wife. i hope that car never takes her for a death ride. i don't think she's a dumbass, but every now and then i wonder.
 
2011-05-27 09:32:36 AM  

way south: Many Toyota cars are madeassembled in the US.
It's ok to hate them and question their quality now.


ftfy
 
2011-05-27 09:37:56 AM  
A little old lady unavailable for comment.
 
2011-05-27 09:49:01 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Kurmudgeon: "Smells like BS to me."

The only BS is the automatic free pass that certain people give to Toyota in any circumstance. If this had happened to a domestic vehicle, you would have been foaming at the mouth.

Well, Toyota has, over the years, built up their reputation by building high quality cars. They earned their reputation.

Domestic car makers earned their reputation too.


Well put. All you apprehensive farkers stay out of the Toyota pool. My 07 Tundra is the best vehicle I've ever owned and the best (light) truck I've ever driven. Over 400/400 with a 7 speed automatic that rocks the box... I don't miss my Chevy or my Ford.

Sure, I shiat my pants when I was on I-5 and the floor mat pushed up under the tall, skinny pedal on the right causing me to rapidly accelerate. Those 400+ ponies sound amazing coming from the TRD exhaust, but the cops would have never believed me. SO, a quick look down, a leg/foot drag, about 50 lbs of pressure to the brake pedal and all was well again. Keep the damn floor mats on the hooks was the lesson that day. ON THE HOOKS.
 
2011-05-27 09:52:48 AM  

fireclown: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: /still thinks 99% of these cases all accients are driver error

FIFY. People drive thoughtlessly all the time.


I think the real problem is between the seat and the steering wheel...

/if this were IT, it would be an ID-10T Error
 
2011-05-27 09:54:19 AM  

Burr: fireclown: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: /still thinks 99% of these cases all accients are driver error

FIFY. People drive thoughtlessly all the time.

I think the real problem is between the seat and the steering wheel...

/if this were IT, it would be an ID-10T Error


You mean:

PEBKAC - Problem Exists Between Keyboard and Chair.
Or:
PICNIC - Problem In Chair, Not In Computer
 
2011-05-27 09:59:06 AM  
Oh great, more fodder for a previously visited mass hysteria.

Lets keep this one isolated folks.
 
2011-05-27 09:59:58 AM  
Shouldn't this have the Obvious tag?
 
2011-05-27 10:03:03 AM  
+1 for legal humor in the headline, subby.
 
2011-05-27 10:10:13 AM  

Pvt Joker: After the crash, did she run through the mini-mall in her underwear?


First I'm goin' shoppin' in my underwear
Then all of sudden I'm floating in mid air
My lips fall off and everybody starts to stare
Donuts and hot dogs are flying everywhere

/definitely obscure
//even for farkers
 
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