by Chris Haire
By now, I'm sure you all know about the Toyota recall, involving many of the Japanese car manufacturer's most popular brands. Maybe you have one. Maybe you don't. Regardless, it's a costly recall for Toyota and a scary subject for owners; after all, who wants a car that suddenly accelerates on its on.
That said, there hasn't been a rash of accidents involving these recalled models. At least until now.
According to a report from Channel 3 in Philly, a driver has claimed that her car, one of the brands up for a recall, suddenly accelerated all on its own, sending her car crashing into a laundromat.
Marie Hodges, 68, told police she was trying to park her 2007 Toyota Camry when the car suddenly accelerated, causing it to careen through the front of the building and into several washing machines.
"She pushed on the gas and then she tried to stop and she just went forward. She couldn't stop, that's what she said," laundromat employee Sheila Roberts explained.
Now, it may have been the car, and it may not have been. See, not only is the driver in question, um, advanced in age, but here's what she told police about the incident:
"She said when she was shifting the car into park, she was parking the vehicle, that's when it suddenly accelerated," Lt. John Weed of the Cheltenham Township Police Department said.
When asked if she thought the gas pedal got stuck, driver Hodges told Eyewitness News: "Probably. And I can't remember if I had my foot on the gas pedal … the brake or the gas, I can't remember."