Q: On Dec. 5, I drove into the public garage in Naples, Fla., with my 2006 Hyundai Elantra. I noticed as I turned onto the first level on the right that someone was pulling out of a space. There was a car on both sides of the car pulling out. I waited until they pulled out and then slowly proceeded to position my car into the empty space. My car just accelerated so fast, and I saw that I was going to crash into a concrete wall. I must have realized that I was going to be hurt, so I pulled my legs toward my face. The air bag exploded and, of course, the car became smoky. I immediately got out of the car and was quite shaken up. The car was determined to be totaled. I received an insurance surcharge notice, which I filled out, and had to send $50 to be heard at an appeal date pending. I read your article titled “Sudden acceleration problems should be pursued,” and I found it interesting and informative. Do you know of any other articles or reports about the 2006 Hyundai Elantra accelerating? I plan to take your article to the hearing but would like to give them more stories about the Elantra acceleration.
A: If had my way, we would put throttle cables back in cars. Unfortunately, the drive-by-wire system is considered to be a move forward, and most likely, it is here to stay. Unfortunately, there have been quite a few incidents of unintended acceleration. Prior to the drive-by-wire, unintended acceleration was usually caused by a driver with feet too big in a Jeep with pedals too close. But, that’s a different article altogether. One website to start your research would be http://suddenacceleration.com/. There, you will find a lot of articles and links to reasons, court cases and everything to do with this problem.
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