Brake Failure Almost Ended Badly for Prius Owner

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 5:55pm PDT

Toyota’s name is being dragged into headlines once again after a motorist in San Diego, California was unable to stop his Prius while driving on the freeway.

According to California Highway Patrol officer Todd Neibert, the brake lights on Jim Sikes’ Prius were flashing on for a period of time and then flashing off, indicating Sikes was trying to pump the brakes. In his report, Neibert also said he could smell the heated brakes within ¼ of a mile of the vehicle, an indicator that the brakes were being used extensively.

When Sikes realized his brakes were failing, he called 911 for help. Officer Neibert eventually caught up to Sikes, who was traveling at about 95 mph on the 8 Freeway. Sikes was able to slow the Prius to about 50 mph and then Neibert told Sikes over a loudspeaker to hit the floor brake and pull the emergency brake simultaneously. Neibert’s advice worked and Sikes was able to come to a stop with no injuries to report.

In his report, Office Neibert said Sikes was about 20 miles away from a steep downgrade and sharp left turn. If Sikes had made it to that location, Neibert believes the outcome would have been catastrophic, if not deadly.

After Sikes got out of the vehicle, he told Neibert that he tried three times to lift the gas pedal with his hands, but was unsuccessful.

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