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Another Runaway Prius Probe Finds Nothing Wrong

For the second time this week, Investigators from Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have found nothing wrong with a Prius the driver blamed for suddenly accelerating.

2010 Toyota Prius
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This case involved a 2005 Prius outside New York City that crashed into a brick wall after the driver said it suddenly sped up. It was one of the high profile cases that surfaced last week creating a media frenzy about Toyota vehicles unintentionally accelerating.

After examining the Prius yesterday along with Toyota technicians, investigators from the NHTSA issued preliminary findings today saying, "Information retrieved from the vehicle's onboard computer systems indicated there was no application of the brakes and the throttle was fully open."

The police in Harrison, New York have yet to issue a final report, which could come early next week.  Harrison Police Capt. Anthony Marraccini told CNBC the data is very detailed and it is prudent that they take a hard look at the data to make an accurate assessment.

They plan on working through the weekend and will announce the findings from its investigation on Monday or Tuesday. They said Toyota cooperated fully and that driver error had not been ruled out.

The drivers in New York and with the case in San Diego may never be officially "blamed" for the incidents involving their Toyota's. But as the data comes out and shows the cars are functioning normally, it helps Toyota win over skeptics who are unsure what to make out of these reported cases of unintended acceleration.


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