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Re: UNINTENDED ACCELERATION
On Tue, 26 Sep 1995, Psychos 'R Us wrote:
> In the late 80s, the most hoopla-ed about is the Audi by the 60 Minute
> show -- although they could never get it to repleat even with rigged
> Audi. On the other hand, they did nice demonstration of several Ford trucks
Nope. It was GM trucks, and I think it was ABC's 20/20, but I am not
sure. Might have been NBC, but it was not CBS. Their defense was that they
used a wee bit of explosives to re-create effects that had been observed. The
filmed sequence was not an experiment, but a demonstration. This is OK
with me, IF they tell me that. Sort of like the Survival Anglia program
disclaimer: "All scenes, whether real or created, depict documented
behavior of wildlife." or some like statement.
That reminds me of the furor over a Volvo add which used internal
reinforcing to show a monster truck crushing cars, but unable to crush a
Volvo. There was a disclaimer that this was a re-creation of an actual
occurrence at a monster-truck show in New England. Other monster-truck
owners subsequently crushed Volvos to show it could be done.
> If anyone has eye-balled closely on rec.autos.* in early 90s, several keen
> news browers will notice some people has also posted the same phenomenon
> happening on Toyota Camrys and Honda Accords. But without 60 Minute's
> backing, the voices eventually died.
Actually, the Audi phenomenon was all over the newspapers long before the
60 Minutes show, sparked by the case of a minister's wife who killed her
son with her 5000.
> I believe all Audi automatics had this problem.
Nope. It was specifically the 5000 automatic.