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NHTSA said it had received reports of 102 incidents in which the accelerator may have become stuck on the Toyota vehicles involved.

The Japanese automaker warned owners that if they think their vehicle is accelerating out of control, they should check to see whether their floor mat is under the pedal. If a driver can't remove the floor mat, Toyota advises drivers to step on the brake pedal with both feet until the vehicle slows and then try to put it into neutral and switch the ignition to accessory power.

For vehicles with engine start/stop buttons, Toyota said the engine can be shut off by holding the button down for three seconds.

The safety concern was prompted by a fiery crash in California that killed four family members in August near San Diego. The crash killed California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Saylor, 45, and three others on State Route 125 in Santee.

The runaway car was traveling at more than 120 mph when it hit a sport utility vehicle, launched off an embankment, rolled several times and burst into flames.

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How were they sure that the gas pedal was stuck?

I'm sure the car wasn't in very nice condition to see a stuck gas pedal after that kind of crash.

Though, I do fail to see how a gas pedal can get stuck to a floor mat.

Unless someone can explain that to me.

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How were they sure that the gas pedal was stuck?

I'm sure the car wasn't in very nice condition to see a stuck gas pedal after that kind of crash.

Though, I do fail to see how a gas pedal can get stuck to a floor mat.

Unless someone can explain that to me.

Beats the hell out of me, but it happens when the mat slides forward. I just got a couple of tie wraps securing the mat to the front seat frame bolts.

What I really can't understand is how can someone be so stupid to let their vehicle get up to 120 mph? Can put their foot under the accelerator and pull it up, put the transmission in neutral, and even turn the ignition to off, but not lock as the will lock your steering wheel. But can't do that either with most cars unless you are in park. Not a good idea to put your car in park doing 120 mph. But better transmissions won't let you do that unless you are traveling at less than 7 mph. shove it in neutral with a five speed.

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Maybe those 102 reports came from the elderly?

Was tired last night, left off stepping on the brake pedal, brakes far outweigh the engine capacity, may overheat the rotors, but beats getting killed.

Everyday we get a day older, adds up, one thing you have to say about the elderly, they are still alive.

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