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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-01-2008, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Jeep Sudden Acceleration

Interesting local (somewhere) story on "sudden acceleration" in Jeeps. Personally, I'm not scared. The reason I posted it is because of what's at 1:20. A Commander hits a brick wall - completely destroys the front end, BUT the passenger compartment is virtually untouched. Great engineering and safety!

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I have never heard of this happening before. Sounds like a scare tactic.

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Seems like it's only at carwashes when somebody else is driving the vehicles. Makes you think, huh!!!

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Seems like it's only at carwashes when somebody else is driving the vehicles. Makes you think, huh!!!
Always driven by a non owner who is not familuar with the vehicle.





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I wasn't worried. I was more impressed with the Commander and the brick wall and the very limited damage to the passenger compartment.

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First time I heard of this was a couple of years ago and all the instances were at car washes. So is it an electrical bug or driver error? I actually hit both pedals at the same time a few months ago but quickly realized my mistake before it got away. Six years ago I was walking away from a car wash entrance when I heard what I thought was someone doing a burnout, I turn around only to see a car racing into the car wash. I don't know how it picked up that kind of speed in such a short distance. It went through the wash hitting and pushing a car at the end of the wash cycle which hit another car in the dryer which hit the car in front of it, sending it 140 feet away and tapped a parked car. All the cars in the wash line are in neutral. Luckily this car wash takes the cars without passengers and the attendants at the end were walking from one car to another.


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If it ever happens to you try to have the presence of mind to throw it into neutral.

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I think that maybe wet feet could be the problem. These guys/gals could be jumping in the jeeps with wet feet. That could cause their feet to slip off the brake pedal. Then the MASSIVE power that these Jeeps have get away from them and they speed out of control.

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If it ever happens to you try to have the presence of mind to throw it into neutral.
Exactly, neutral then shut the engine down. It's amazing how it's in the news but they don't tell you what to do.


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Exactly, neutral then shut the engine down. It's amazing how it's in the news but they don't tell you what to do.
Some people just do not have sense enough to be behind the wheel of ANY vehicle. How hard would it be to shift into neutral and pull the emergency brake?

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