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车主要求退货遭拒,开丰田撞销售大楼

发信人: zephyr1130 (巴依老爷), 信区: Automobile
标  题: 车主要求退货遭拒,开丰田撞销售大楼
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Tue Feb  2 11:45:06 2010, 美东)

A man who attempted to return his recalled Toyota pickup truck to All Star
Toyota on Airline Highway on Saturday crashed into the dealership building
when his allegedly faulty accelerator stuck, the Baton Rouge Police
Department reported.

The crash caused extensive damage to the truck involved, but no major
injuries were reported, said Lt. Todd G. Lee Sr., chief of administrative
services for the Police Department.

Mikel Valviva sought to return his truck to the dealership at 9150 Airline
Highway, saying he no longer wanted it because of the recall on the
accelerator, Lee said.

The dealership’s manager, Joe Costanza, offered to repair Valviva’s truck
and loan him a car in the meantime, Lee said.

Matt McKay, owner of the All Star Automotive Group, said Costanza explained
to Valviva on three separate occasions on Saturday that the dealership could
not refund his money for the truck.

McKay said the process during the recall requires dealerships to provide a
loaner car while the recalled vehicle is repaired.

Valviva refused the offers and tried to leave the dealership, but his gas
pedal stuck, Lee said. The truck accelerated forward, striking the building,
Lee said.

EMS personnel treated Valviva and his passenger  for minor injuries on scene
, Lee said.

McKay said a cosmetic column on the building received only minor damage.

Costanza confirmed Valviva’s truck is one of the models included in the
recall, Lee said.

The investigating officer found no evidence the incident was intentional,
Lee said.

“He didn’t have enough evidence to say that definitively,” Lee said.

McKay said he had “no comment” when asked if he believed the incident was
accidental.

This is the first report of an accident caused by a faulty accelerator on a
Toyota in the Greater Baton Rouge area, Lee said.

McKay said Valviva bought the truck in March 2009, and he had “no previous
complaints or issues with the gas pedal.”

Attempts by The Advocate to reach Valviva on Saturday afternoon were
unsuccessful.

Toyota Motor Co. said Tuesday it was suspending the sale of eight models and
recalling more than 2 million cars because the gas pedals could become
harder to press, slower to spring back or stuck.

Sean Kane, director of Safety Research and Strategies, a consumer group that
conducts research into motor vehicle safety issues, said his firm has
identified 2,274 incidents of sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota
vehicles leading to at least 275 crashes and 18 deaths since 1999, the
Associated Press reported.
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