What to Do During a Sudden-Acceleration Incident
Regardless of the cause, if a driver experiences unintended acceleration in a vehicle, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises taking the following steps:
- Brake firmly and steadily -- do not pump the brake pedal
- Shift the transmission into Neutral (for vehicles with automatic transmissions and the sport option, familiarize yourself with where Neutral is -- the diagram may be misleading)
- Steer to a safe location
- Shut the engine off (for vehicles with keyless ignition, familiarize yourself with how to turn the vehicle off when it is moving -- this may be a different action than turning the vehicle off when it is stationary).
- Call your dealer or repair shop to pick up the vehicle. Do not drive it.