Gas Pedals are Complicated

Robert E. Seastrom rs at
Mon Feb 1 12:56:49 CST 2010

My friend Doug's early Explorer had a problem wheren when he drove
through a radar trap the remote control locks would go through a
lock/unlock cycle repeatedly with attendant chirping of the horn and
flashing the headlights.  Needless to say he was not thrilled with
this and prevailed upon the folks at the dealership to fix it posthaste.


John Teller <jsteller at> writes:

> My Ford Bronco II would accelerate when I keyed up on 2m while it was
> in cruise.  I was also able to operate a neighbor's light sensing
> flood lamps with my IC281 (220MHz) transmitter.  All this so the
> manufacturers could save 5 cents on a ferrite bead and a .001m
> capacitor.
> --JST
> Robert Stratton wrote:
>> I had an Audi 5000 which was the poster child for unintended
>> acceleration recalls. The only time I saw anything like that was
>> with cruise control on, when a friend keyed a 2m HT near my dash and
>> the throttle went wide open. We could even localize a sweet spot
>> where it always worked. The purported fix was an interlock to only
>> allow shifting into gear with the brake depressed which struck me as
>> irrelevant. I can't help but wonder how many of the reported
>> incidents may have occurred in close proximity to strong
>> RFI. (Truckers with linear CB amplifiers perhaps?)
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