How to cope with sudden unintended acceleration

Five steps that could save your life

Sudden unintended acceleration – in which your car races ahead even though you are not pressing the accelerator pedal – is a rare but potentially fatal event. Sometimes there are warning signs beforehand, such as the accelerator pedal being harder to depress, slower to return to its upper position, or simply not operating smoothly. Other times, the problem strikes without warning. If your car suffers sudden unintended acceleration, the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center recommends that you take these five steps that can help bring your runaway vehicle safely to a halt.


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