The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the computer of the Toyota Prius, which crashed into a stone wall in Harrison, NY last week, indicated that the driver was not braking at the time of the crash. Apparently the computer showed that the car's throttle was "fully open," but the federal agency's announcement, which echoed findings from Toyota, annoyed the Harrison police chief.
In this incident, a housekeeper driving her employer's Prius accelerated down her employer's driveway, across a road and the road's shoulder, and into a stone wall. At the time, acting Police Chief Anthony Marraccini said that he did not believe the driver was at fault. Yesterday, Marraccini slammed the NHTSA's findings, "For any agency to release data and to draw conclusions without consulting with the law enforcement agency that brought this to light could be self-serving," and pointed out that the Prius's recorder only captured information at the time of impact. But he also said, "We are not discounting human error or driver error in this case."
The Journal News also reports that Marraccini was upset at Toyota because even though the carmaker had given him data from the Prius' black box recorder, it didn't provide the software needed to read it. Classic.