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Kohler Woman: Toyota Suddenly Accelerated Before Crash


KOHLER, Wis. (WTAQ) - A Sheboygan County woman said her Toyota Camry suddenly accelerated before she crashed into a wall and got hurt – and that was after it had the repairs recommended by Toyota in its recent recall. 76-year-old Myrna Marseilles of Kohler was parking her 2009 Camry into a stall at the Sheboygan Falls YMCA on Monday.

She said her foot was on the brake when the vehicle suddenly lunged forward into the wall, and the surge made what she called an “awful roar.” She also said a witness can verify that her brake lights were on. Marseilles also said the Camry’s air bag failed to deploy when the car hit the wall – and she received a fractured sternum as a result.

Police Chief Steve Riffel said the eyewitness accounts seemed to confirm that the car accelerated on its own. Toyota says it’s investigating. Company official Brian Lyons said there were fewer than 110 reports nationwide of vehicles suddenly accelerating after getting the repairs in the recalls. He said about 900,000 cars had been fixed so far.