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Toyota Pepares New Recall Of Prius In Wake Of San Diego Incident

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Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 11:15 AM

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Toyota is set to issue a new recall of its Prius second-generation models after that runaway acceleration incident Monday in San Diego we wrote about. The Wall Street Journal reports that the 2004 through 2009 vehicles will be recalled over stuck-acceleration pedal issues.

The recall hasn't happened yet because the manufacturer hasn't yet come up with a remedy. On Monday 61-year-old James Sikes went on a harrowing trip on an east San Diego County freeway after he tried to pass a vehicle and the accelerator apparently stuck, pushing the vehicle to more than 90 miles an hour before a California Highway Patrol officer coached the driver to a stop via emergency braking and turning off the car's motors.

The driver had gone nearly 30 miles by then. On Tuesday Toyota said it had sent engineers to inspect the car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated Tuesday it was also sending an investigator to check out the Prius.

At one point during his ordeal Sikes reportedly reached down and tried to pull the pedal. Toyota has maintained its acceleration problems have been related to American pedal design and improperly matched-up floor mats, although critics are pointing to its electronic systems.

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