In reviewing the cases in public circulation, two things stick out for me.
1. It's not the floor mats.
2. Drivers are very poorly educated about how to stop a runaway car. The drivers below went for the so-called "emergency brake" before placing the gear selector in neutral or shutting off the ignition, which never occurred to them. This is incredible to me. Where do people get these ideas? Cars don't even have "emergency brakes." It's a parking brake. This doesn't absolve the manufacturer from its responsibility, but drivers have a responsibility to know how to operate their vehicles.
I tend to presume that most 70 year-olds are more competent than the drivers below. To me, these drivers have no more understanding of their vehicles than they would of an amusement-park ride. They're sitting in the drivers' seat, but they are not driving their vehicles. They seem to lack a basic understanding of what makes the car go or stop. The takeaway here is TALK to your friends and loved ones and MAKE SURE they know how to handle a car with a stuck throttle.
How do these people get a liscence? Clearly they are inept and should not have a liscence
But more importantly the cars are almost certainly at fault. Most modern cars have so much electronic guff as to isolate the driver from real conditions.
ABS while handy ultimatly increases braking distance and can fail too. I have seen that and repaired that on several occasions.And it does not like very dirty conditions as experienced in most country areas in winter. Older style ABS that increses pedal travel when it supposedly unlocks a wheel is frightening and bloody dangerous.And ofcourse when the mug driver gets in a non ABS car has more chance of locking a brake and crashing.
Stability control will never be better than an experienced driver, a mate scared the hell out of himself towing a caravan because the control does NOT work to counteract a swaying van, the complete opposite in fact. He visited the first dealer he came across and demanded it disconnected. Evidently he was not the first.
Cruise control while handy totally disconnects the driver from controlling the vehicle. And so many people are having accidents because they are not in full control or are not alert.And when the driver has their legs 2 feet from the brake the accident has happened before they react and move. And most people are guilty of that. I know of a multiple fatality where the driver went to sleep and the cruise drove him off the road on the first decent road bend. When you are controlling the car that is less likely to happen.
Powere steering will always be with us as modern suspension setting make the car too hard to park and low speed manouvre. Though I refuse to have powersteer on a racecar as I lose too much sensibility. But great on the towcar!Though you can stick electric power steer. Somebody has itemised why above.
We seem to have a situation where people expect to be driven in their cars, not to drive them.
And push button engine stops and cars you cannot take out of gear are clearly a death trap and should all be rectified by emergency recall. As for Toyotas problems an immediate recall and proper rectification seems in order. I am sure they would have an idea why but are trying to save the big dollars involved, and to give reasons for numerous law suits.
Though with the drivers in those clips they are clearly partly to blame by their incompetence.