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N.Y. police confirm Fed's findings on 'runaway' Prius: Driver error

New York police confirmed what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in initial findings last week, that the "runaway" Prius widely reported in New York two weeks ago was the result of driver error.

On March 10, a driver in suburban New York reported that the 2005 Prius she was driving suddenly accelerated and slammed into a stone wall, inflating the airbags and causing her minor injuries.

Last week, NHTSA said that a preliminary investigation of the vehicle showed that the brakes were not applied during the crash, according to on-board computer records.

NHTSA's announcement was angrily denounced by the local police captain, who evidently felt the agency was jumping the gun. But today, he essentially said: Yes, I agree with NHTSA -- the brakes on the Prius were not applied during the accident.

Image-wise, this is the second good P.R. hit for Toyota in a couple of weeks. Last week, Toyota said its investigation of the runaway Prius in Southern California that took its driver on a 30-mile wild ride -- he said -- showed "significant inconsistencies" with his story. To prove its point, Toyota held an elaborate demonstration, rolling out more engineers than it took to create the Apollo program.

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By Frank Ahrens  |  March 22, 2010; 3:16 PM ET
Categories:  Autos , Corporations , The Ticker  | Tags: Prius, Runaway acceleration, Toyota, prius hoax, runaway prius  
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