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What the heck..


No doubt, you have all heard about the sudden acceleration problems that plagued the Toyota Group, mainly in North America, for a couple of years. Now, a driver is putting the blame of a car crash that occurred this past Sunday, May 6, 2012, in the South Korean city of Daegu, on a sticky accelerator. The said car is the latest generation Hyundai Sonata YF sedan. What makes this incident of particular interest is that it was captured on film by a dashboard mounted camera in the Sonata, which is something we don't remember seeing before in crashes relating or alleged to be related to sticky accelerator pedals.
The 30-second long clip shows the Korean sedan stopped at a light with a previous generation Hyundai standing in front when the Sonata appears to accelerate. At this point, we hear a conversation from the driver and passengers as well as a sound that may or may not be from the handbrake being lifted.
From there on, the Korean sedan appears to accelerate uncontrollably with the driver passing several red lights, narrowly avoiding a couple of crashes only to end up rear-ending a stopped car at a speed of 117km/h (72mph) - at least according to the GPS data displayed on the video.
Korean news sites said that the Daegu Nambu Police is investigating the accident and has asked the National Institute of Scientific Investigation for help.
Any assistance from our Korean readers to translate what is being said in the video, would be appreciated.
Video is here

Alleged Hyundai Sonata YF Sudden Acceleration Crash at 117km/h Captured on Video - Carscoop
 

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Korean Officials Probe Sudden-Acceleration Case

A senior couple’s tragic car accident, video images of which have shocked South Korean drivers for the past week, is now getting government attention.
On Monday, the Ministry of Land, Transport & Maritime Affairs said it launched an investigation into a sudden acceleration claim that led to the accident in Daegu on May 6. Video evidence appears to show that the couple’s Hyundai Sonata suddenly accelerated and, after 13 seconds of maneuvering by the driver to avoid other cars, wound up rear-ending a car at a stoplight at a speed of 130 km/h, or about 80 miles per hour. That set off a chain reaction accident that involved several other vehicles and injured 17 people.
The couple in the car, a man and woman in their 60s, were on their way to a department store, their son, who asked to be identified only by his family name Kwon, said in an interview on Monday.
Mr. Kwon extracted the video of the accident from a “black box” used to record information in the event of a crash. He uploaded it on an internet forum because he said he didn’t think police and Hyundai were persuaded that it was a sudden acceleration incident. Someone else posted it on You Tube, he said.
In the video, the conversation was normal with the wife softly advising her husband to try not to frown in front of others.
Then all of a sudden, the car accelerated while the couple mumbled with shock and fear. The wife repeated said, “Oh my god, what is going on?” The car makes several quick lane changes as the driver tried to avoid other cars. But then he came up on a group of stopped cars with a barrier on the left side and there was nowhere to go. The video ends with the couple groaning in pain.
Mr. Kwon said his mother, 63, underwent an operation to stop internal bleeding. His father suffered fractured ribs and fingers.
Hyundai Motors, in a statement on Monday, said, “The vehicle [in the Daegu accident] is being inspected by the Korean National Forensic Service. There is no time estimate for the conclusion of the investigation.”
Japanese car manufacturer Toyota was dealt a serious blow to its reputation after it was forced to recall a massive number of cars in 2009 due to cases of sudden acceleration.
The land ministry said it was looking into four other recent cases of sudden acceleration as well as the Daegu accident.
Sohn Young-sam, an official at the ministry, said 80 cases of unintended acceleration were being investigated by the state-run Korea Automobile Testing & Research Institute from 2003 to 2011. But nearly 1,000 complaints have been filed with Korea Consumer Agency since 2006.
“I just wish that the investigation team could find out the reason this time around so that there is no repeat in the future,” said Mr. Kwon.
 

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Wow! thats crazy! I wonder how long the National Forensic Service will take to investigate the incident. I would really want to know what exactly happened.
 
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