I was driving my car one day when suddenly the engine roared and my head flew back against the head rest. The car rapidly accelerated and I was up to 80 mph in a very short time, on a 45 mph road entering busy downtown Kansas City, Mo. The speed kept increasing. I wondered for a second if a car can be possessed. The brakes would not respond, I was in a panic and couldn't think straight about down shifting or going into neutral. It was an automatic. I grabbed a relatively isolated exit and parked on a grassy median. Later when they came to get the car, the truck driver turned on the ignition and he said the throttle was completely open. I am told this is called Sudden Unexpected Acceleration and has been occurring for years in a variety of makes and models. The auto yard for ins. companies here in Kansas City, Ks. receives about three cars a week with this problem. I was told I didn't turn the key correctly, should have lost my steering and, it is inexplicable how I came out without a wreck. I was especially grateful my four children were not with me.
About a year ago, I drove a pickup truck to get some furniture for my daughter in law. The drive home via highway was 70 mph. Just as I pull in my drive and stop about 2 inches from the hitch of the boat that sits in the drive, the brake pedal goes clear to the floor, I hear a waterful sound and smoke comes out the front of the truck. At the very moment I parked, the brakes had gone out. The tow truck driver said he had never seen brakes completely gone like that, front and back. Had I been driving when it happened, he said there was absolutely nothing to stop with.
Yes, if you are in the Kansas City area, let me know and I will warn you when I am getting on the road so you can stay home....I joke but I am very grateful due to both events.