A Toyota Zelas car was seriously damaged after a crash due to a failure of the braking system during cruise control on Hanghzou-Pudong Expressway, November 19, 2012. [File Photo: CCTV snapshot]
Toyota (China) declared on Tuesday that the failure of the braking system of a Toyota Zelas during cruise control on Hangzhou-Pudong Expressway is still under investigation, Shanghai newspaper Eastday reported yesterday.
The company declared on its official site that such a situation could only occur when the cruise control system, braking system, engine system and transmission system fail simultaneously, which happened in only one individual case, without a similar case ever having happened.
Toyota (China) said it had already contacted with the driver and related departments for detailed information. However, they still couldn't reach a final judgment without inspecting the car. Toyota promised to continue to negotiate with the driver on the examination of the car as soon as possible.
According to the driver, after engaging the cruise control, the car kept speeding up to 120kph and beyond, and its manual brake failed. It finally hit a vehicle in front of it and then barreled toward a barrier, where it finally crashed and stopped.