Average age of runaway Toyota drivers is ‘very very old’

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Aleksandra Kulczuga
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Daily Caller reporter Aleksandra Kulczuga strikes gold and passes it along. According to the Washington Examiner, there’s a pattern among drivers who reported unintended acceleration in their Toyota:

In the 24 cases where driver age was reported or readily inferred, the drivers included those of the ages 60, 61, 63, 66, 68, 71, 72, 72, 77, 79, 83, 85, 89—and I’m leaving out the son whose age wasn’t identified, but whose 94-year-old father died as a passenger.

What does this mean?! Aleksandra points out that the median driver age is between 35 and 44. So, among many other things: old people seem to have trouble stopping their cars regardless of things like manufacturing errors, and car history could–could–be repeating itself to the detriment of Toyota.

  • adamincalifornia

    Come on, Mike.

    Are you kidding me? The only relevant statistic is the one omitted – how old is the average Toyota driver?

    “The average driver age” is irrelevant.

    • Mike Riggs

      That’s an excellent point. Let me see if I can’t find out.

  • tomdoff

    AHA! This age thing is significant. Could the Toyota problem be an aroma-related issue? I mean, maybe the Toyotas are trying to escape the smell of over-aged crotch rot or toe-jam.

  • des1

    I thought of it too late to comment, unfortunately, but to my friend Adam in California, that case stinks to high heaven. He claims to have burned out the brakes in an attempt to slow the car as it topped 90 mph. The problem with that statement? Can you explain to me how a Prius goes 94 mph while the brake is engaged? I have a Corolla (which has a better engine than a Prius), and could barely make it go 94 under optimal conditions. This case (among others) does not pass the smell test.

  • erick1740

    Now it is coming out that the guy going 90 in California has a shady background.