Interesting Thread on Claimed 'Unintended Acceleration' Incident
quattro at frank.mercea.net
Tue Jun 19 23:11:41 EDT 2007
On Jun 19, 2007, at 12:04 PM, Dan DiBiase wrote:
> Damn, hate this new Yahoo format....
"I was NOT pressing on the gas pedal. I didnt want to shut off the
engine with the key until I was stopped as I feared losing steering. "
At anything over 5mph, you don't need power steering to maneuver a
car, within reason (you're not going to be making any J-turns.) The
infamous LT1Q was tracked sans hydraulic pump if I remember correctly...
If you turn off the ignition, the car isn't going to randomly pick a
direction to travel in all of the sudden. Get in breakdown lane,
turn off engine.
Why didn't he shift it into neutral?
"ALMOST CAUSED A CRASH, VERY INEFFECTIVE BRAKING WITH ENGINE TRYING
TO KEEP CAR GOING AT ABOUT 55
MPH, BUT I MANAGED TO PULL OVER AND SHUT CAR OFF."
As always, people exaggerate engine torque. You can't ride the
brakes- you have to firmly apply them and bring the car to a slow
speed and then turn off the engine. If you ride them, yeah, you're
going to cook the brake fluid and the pedal is going to drop to the
"RADICAL ENGINE ACCELERATION"
Bwahahahahaha. Maybe his 100S has that ultra-rare turbo/port/polish/
nitrous option package.
"I AM AN ENGINEER"
"I skydive and I have had two main chute malfunctions that required
cutaways. I have experience in handling emergencies and not
panicking. I was NOT pressing on the gas pedal"
Oh wait, false alarm, folks. He's not an idiot- he's a skydiving
engineer, which makes him an expert. We'd better run right out and
pull all the '92 100S's off the roads RIGHT NOW!
This story reminds me of the EMT in NY a couple years ago who claimed
her truck was accelerating out of control. Wouldn't you know, she
doesn't call 911 until a state trooper appears, and when the vehicle
is stopped, nobody can find anything wrong. Maybe she was just
caught using her dashboard flasher to speed/drive recklessly, and
needed a cover story when a cop showed up...
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