Mar 10, 2010 12:25 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Another Prius problem? Police probe New York crash

Police investigating the latest report of a sticky accelerator say it's lucky the car only hit a wall.

They say no one was seriously hurt when a Toyota Prius lurched down a driveway, across a road and into a stone wall yesterday in a New York City suburb.

Harrison police say the impact with the wall was "pretty substantial."

The 56-year-old housekeeper who was behind the wheel told police the car accelerated as she was driving out of the long, curving driveway. The car's owner calls the woman "a wonderful driver" and says the car is to blame.

Police are investigating, but say a floor mat issue cited in many of the Toyota recalls does not appear to be a factor.

Toyota has recalled some 8.5 million vehicles worldwide because of acceleration problems in several models and braking issues in the Prius.


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