Latest Montero victim in hospital

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A woman driving a Mitsubishi Montero Sport landed in hospital on Saturday, just a few days after a petition was filed at the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) against the use of the vehicle due to a defect causing sudden unintended acceleration (SUA).

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Kathlyn Marjorie Sy, 25, said she was on her way home in Sto. Domingo, Barangay Tatalon, Quezon City from her place of work in Makati City when her Montero suddenly accelerated. As a result, the vehicle crashed into concrete barriers along Araneta Avenue in Quezon City.

Sy attributed the accident to a sudden unintended acceleration. She said she lost control of the vehicle but managed to maneuver the car toward the left side of the road, where she hit the fence of the Skyway and then the concrete barriers.

Because of the impact, Sy sustained head injuries and was brought to the De Los Santos hospital by an ambulance that was on stand-by at the ongoing construction site along the Skyway.

There was visible damage to the left side of the vehicle.

Quezon City Police District Traffic Inspector Mel De Mesa, however, said the incident may have been due to human error, according to a radio report.

Investigators are also looking into the possibility that Sy may have bumped into another vehicle and swerved before colliding into the concrete barriers because they saw dents and scratches on the passenger side of the vehicle.

The police are still checking if the incident was captured by a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera.

Former MMDA chairman and Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation legal counsel Francis Tolentino called on the car manufacturer to conduct a free check-up on all Montero sport utility vehicles in the country to ensure public safety.

In a press statement, Tolentino said the move is not an admission of guilt on the part of the company but merely a safety precaution.

“This is a win-win solution for the consumers and the car manufacturer itself, all in the name of public safety,” he said.

“Mitsubishi Motors, being a responsible global car manufacturer, should ask owners of Montero SUVs to visit their dealers and have their vehicles checked for free. Issues such as the braking system and computer box should be thoroughly checked for free, and owners should have a guarantee that everything is in tip-top shape against any SUA,” he added.

The Department of Trade and Industry has started investigating the mtter while the LTFRB assured that it will act swiftly on the case.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) earlier issued a statement that they will cooperate with the investigators.

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  1. There were 90 plus accidents on the Montero involving sudden acceleration. Do you think these are all drivers error? One expert stated that the computer system gets confused when there is a battery problem not providing enough power to the computer. This happened to me not on a Montero. It is like having a ghost in my car. I send it to the dealer and they changed the battery. The auto makers know this problem because my dealer knew the problem. So please try this repair first and stop pinpointing fingers. My life and your life is at stake.

  2. I scarcely remember a lawsuit in the US wherein a whole family died in a car due to sudden unstoppable acceleration. Maybe somebody know the complete story. It has been established that there is such a thing as sudden unstoppable acceleration. Mr. Tolentino is right. Those SUVs should be checked for free and truly a win win situation.

  3. Charlene Blake on

    Let’s distinguish between “driver error” and “driver TERROR,” shall we? One is a mistake made by the driver that results in a fender bender or accident otherwise. The other is the experience of being catapulted forward at rapid speed in just a few seconds time and with increased force due to an ELECTRONIC anomaly than has been to date identified by several experts in the field! Drivers in “driver TERROR” have NO control over the throttle and an essentially ineffective braking system as a consequence of the sheer power of this DEADLY scenario!

    Make no mistake about it, fender benders and other accidents happen when a medical event occurs. However, medical events do NOT cause a vehicle to AIRBORNE into multiple objects in sustained open throttle! Persons on a medical emergency, particularly stroke, seizure, & heart attack do NOT have increased muscle tone as REQUIRED for gas pedal depression after the event. Rather, these folks have muscle incapacity due to decreased tone or flaccidity! Translation? Their muscles go limp during the alleged medical event so that while impact may occur, the vehicle SLOWS not takes off like a missile as in sudden unintended acceleration!

    Those who are using ILLOGICALLY a medical event might consider that with “driver TERROR” comes EXTREME fight or flight autonomic physical responses in humans! Adrenaline is slowing and exteme stress may ensue. This stress CAUSED by the “driver TERROR” secondary to sudden intended acceleration may actually initiate a heart attack or stroke or other extreme body reaction! ALL VICTIMS of sustained SUA say that they felt as if they were going to DIE right then and there! ASK them if you don’t believe me! I’ve spoken to enough of them I see the pattern of response when asked to describe the terrifying episode!

    This “medical emergency” excuse when the other police/automaker excuses don’t fit is in most cases ABSOLUTELTY ABSURD!

    Charlene McCarthy Blake

  4. Charlene Blake on

    There is a BIG hidden secret in the auto industry…it’s called ELECTRONIC sudden unintended acceleration! I know…you thought that was just about FLOOR MATS and sticky pedals, or “driver error,” right? That’s certainly what TOYOTA would like you to continue to believe, BUT DON’T!

    These ultra-complex new engines are completely computer driven. Software is needed to control the throttle system. You THINK you are giving gas when you press the accelerator, but you are only SUGGESTING this to the computer. In electronic SUA cases, the throttle software may be glitch-prone and NOT do as you wish.

    What happens then? Well, the glitch may (and has for countless SUA victims) result in an OPEN THROTTLE situation. The brakes become INEFFECTIVE in these situations and crashes into storefronts, buildings, and homes have resulted.

    What does the automaker say? They hook the vehicles up to the computer and declare NOTHING WRONG! They cite the EDR which has erroneous data and say YOU were NOT braking. They point the finger at you based on AGE, GENDER, MEDICAL history, prescription meds, etc. YOU name it, they’ve TRIED it!

    Get the picture? And you THOUGHT the GM issue was big? Think again! This cover-up of ELECTRONIC SUA is scandalous and very well-orchestrated.

    Why even a WHISTLEBLOWER has been legally harassed by Toyota as it does NOT want her Toyota internal docs posted online anymore. The automaker wants to intimidate and SILENCE her. It doesn’t want the PUBLIC involved, for goodness sake!

    Charlene McCarthy Blake