Editorial Cartoon – Toyota Prius Acceleration Problems

In the market for a new car?  This is a great time to buy a used Toyota and especially a Prius.  Sudden acceleration problems have been blamed in over 100 different crashes.   But it seems people are blaming Toyota for their accidents, even when it is driver error

So now, if you are the owner of one of these gems, you have a window of opportunity to blame Toyota for your crash, even if your dumbass shouldn’t be behind the wheel of a car in the first place.

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  1. nursemyra says:

    I saw someone putting mascara on while they were driving the other day. Was so tempted to put the brakes on and let her run up the back of me so I could tell her what an idiot she was being. But then I thought she might stab herself in the eye with the brush and I wouldn’t feel so high and mighty then would I?

  2. Brilliant and most probably correct in some/many/most of the “cases”?

  3. Bo Lumpkin says:

    I’m not sure that car is even a Toyota. I have to take up for them… you might not can control the speed but they last a long time. I have a ’95 model with 239,000 miles on it and it is still running.

  4. jammer5 says:

    I gotta agree with Bo: It looks like a Chevy Impala that’s blaming it all on a Toyota. Typical American car: blame it on some other car, and call your lawyer.

  5. Friggin Loon says:

    Blahahahaa after the massive storm here last week, 4 people have been busted using hammers to make fake hail dents on their cars so they can make an insurance claim. I bet they were Toyotas!

  6. Dan says:

    A lot of police in my town would love to use this excuse for flying through stop signs (for no apparent reason).

    • Bearman says:

      I love the ones who don’t want to stop at a light so they put their lights on just to get through the red light and then turn them off.

      • jammer5 says:

        Had a cop run down a homeless dude in San Diego at 3 am. He claimed basic speed law and got away with it. I wonder if it was a Toyota.

  7. steve85 says:

    Toyota makes great cars. Are you forgetting the tragedy that occurred in 2000 with Ford? It’s okay if you did, because it didn’t get as much press as Toyota. Basically, 200 people died from faulty tires, and another 700 or so were injured. Yet we never heard about it on the news. I am also not sure if you are aware that Toyota sales are up 83% this month. This is because they have assured the public that they are fixing the malfunctions, as well as making their assembly seem American. http://www.weltbranding.com/blog/ elaborates on the situation to make it seem “un-American” to not buy Toyota. So, it appears that it is always a good time to buy a Toyota.

    • lynn says:

      *lynn’s wondering if steve85 works for toyota* she’s also wondering why she has to type her name email and website every stinkin’ time she visits bearman!! Ggrr..

      • Bearman says:

        Steve..wasn’t that an issue with the tires (that just happened to be on Fords). I remember it getting alot of press. The reason this story has more legs is because it isn’t as obvious the reason for the issues.

        Lynn…you shouldn’t if you don’t erase your history… And even if you do, isn’t it a small price to pay. See you made the front page with your banner b/c of your hard work last week.

  8. David says:

    As a Prius owner myself, I think that most of the malfunctions are isolated to the newer models (2010). I’ve never heard of anything happening until the past several months and then it’s like BOOM cars are flying to pieces. It’s either that or an elaborate “Jackass” stunt.

  9. Dan Long says:

    With the sue-happy society we live in, I’m surprised there’s not already an epidemic of people renting Toyotas, purposely crashing, and suing for millions of dollars for their resulting injuries.

    In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw lawyer advertisements on TV saying, “Do you drive a Toyota? Have you been in a crash? Call the law offices of blah blah blah”

  10. There’s blood in the water… so now you’ll never know the legitamate claims from the parasitic ones…

    • Bearman says:

      Well then there was the guy who swore it was an issue with his Toyota in a crash last week and now this week he crashed a different car.

  11. DadaHyena says:

    Well, you might as well sue the tree while your at it!

    Or maybe the fast-food joint that sold you the burger…or the cell phone company…or the gardeners…or God…

  12. Give me a minute Bearman, I’m trying to type and eat at the same time.
    *chew chew*
    Dang it! My keyboard is approaching my fingers at a rapid rate of speed (or the other way around)! Send for help (and ketchup)! 🙂

  13. This cartoon is a winner I love it.

    Toyota has been fighting back all these charges now.

    • Bearman says:

      I don’t want Toyota to fight back every charge b/c I think some are legit. Problem is that those with legit claims are going to have a tougher time proving it with all the wackos.

  14. FJ says:

    I own two Toyota cars and have always loved them and they’ve been totally reliable, so I was concerned about the recent revelations. I can’t help but wonder if the media was hyping this to help American car makers. BTW, that really does look like a Prius.

  15. jynksie says:

    Toyota is marketing this defect all wrong!
    “Our cars do the driving for you”– Toyota!

    Now thats a car! I own a spankin new one myself, I’m not worried about the car, as much as I’m worried my wife see’s an opportunity! o.O

  16. Tony says:

    I wonder if the blame is transferrable, lets say if I for example crash the work delivery ute, a Toyota Hilux. Can I blame it on sudden acceleration because I was thinking about your cartoon at the time???

  17. jill says:

    Car manufacturers set themselves up sometimes. What about the car (maybe a Lexus, not sure) that supposedly parallel parks on its own! Yeah, right.

  18. Bschooled says:

    Why didn’t i think of that?

    See, that’s why we need to partner up, Bearman. You come up with the schemes, and I pull them off.

  19. 25BAR says:

    LOL! I was waiting for this one.
    Well done!

  20. Roland says:

    I don’t own a Toyota, but if I crash I would still blame them. I would just need to tell them that seeing Prius’ on the street caused me undue stress and resulted in me crashing while changing my song on my iPod and talking on my cell phone

  21. George says:

    I still like the look of the Camry.

    And braking is so overrated.

  22. WriterDood says:

    I’ve never owned a Toyota.
    Now doesn’t seem to be the time to start.

  23. david says:



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