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I cannot tell you how relieved I am to find this forum on the topic of uncontrolled acceleration in the Toyota Sienna! My 2005 Sienna gave me the scare of a lifetime a few days ago and I've been researching this topic ever since! I was following a slower driver doing 40 mph on a rural road and decided to pass when it was safe. As soon as I pressed the accelerator down further to gain enough speed to pass, I knew there was something wrong. It felt like there was an invisible force taking over the accelerator as I was no longer pressing on it but the van continued to gain speed. I pressed on the brakes even before I entered back into my lane because something was drastically wrong. I moved back over into my lane but the van continued to go faster and by now, I'm stepping on the brakes with both feet but the van wasn't slowing down! In my panic, I was able to shift it into neutral, continued standing on the brakes but nothing was helping! The engine revved faster and faster and the van kept going. I knew there were curves coming up in the road and I was faced with putting the van in the ditch if I couldn't get it stopped. Instead, I was able to get the van turned into a farm field where I almost opened the door to jump out! I stayed in the van though and was ready to do donuts with it until I could get it stopped. Looking back, I was running on sheer adrenalin and I honestly don't know how I was able to stop the van, but it did stop, finally! The smell of burnt tires/brakes was so strong! It was by the grace of God I didn't hit someone! I sat there shaking uncontrollably until I could gather myself enough to call 911. I then called AAA to have the van towed to the dealership where we purchased it and have had it serviced for the past 9 yeas. This incident scared me so bad I will never drive that van again! I filed a report with Toyota and the NHTSA and we're waiting to hear from the dealership as to what they find. From reading other posts on here though, it doesn't sound like I should get my hopes up that Toyota will make this right. We'll wait and see!
Sorry about your bad experience, but you should be aware there is a glaring discontinuity in your story. I'm not saying you didn't experience it. I'm saying that there is something in the story that investigators are going to be troubled with and that part may result in an inconclusive result.
The part of the story that is inconsistent? Where you shifted the car into neutral and it kept accelerating. Again, I'm not saying that didn't happen, I'm saying that portion of the story is going to require an explanation above and beyond the unintended acceleration issue - or it has to be part of the big picture that links both events.
It's possible that both NHTSA and Toyota will not be able to explain what happened. let alone make changes to prevent reoccurrence.
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