Tennessee couple to be first witnesses at Toyota’s House hearing tomorrow

A couple from Tennessee will be the first witnesses at Tuesday’s House hearing on Toyota’s sudden acceleration issues. Rhonda Smith, who reported the incident in Oct. 2006, told Knoxville TV station WATE that she experienced a problem with her new Lexus ES350 when it had less than 3,000 miles on it.

“I didn’t think the car was going to stop. I can still see the guardrail where I thought it was going to put the car,” Smith said. “Toyota totally ignored us and totally ignored many other people with this problem.”

Smith said that she filed a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which dismissed it in Dec. 2006.

Toyota has recalled 5.4 million vehicles for pedal entrapment in the floor mats and another 2.3 million vehicles for a sticky pedal issue.

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Detroit News