Letter to the Editor

Advice for sticky accelerator

As a former naval aviation safety officer, I noted something in Speak Out worthy of immediate attention. The subject was how to deal with a sticky accelerator situation. The contributor's comments were certainly well-intended and the advice basically sound (shift to neutral and turn off the key), except he or she omitted one very important detail: know your car's ignition configuration to avoid compounding the problem with a stuck accelerator and locked up steering. This can normally be avoided by simply rotating the key one click counterclockwise (and one click only) as opposed to the two or three we are accustomed to doing.

Incidentally, my hat is off to Toyota for publicizing this problem and taking swift action to correct it. Enjoy safe motoring,

LARRY LUSK, Cape Girardeau