This BMW X1 Crashed Through A Parking Garage Wall In Brazil

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Looks like we can pin another "unintended acceleration" incident on a confused driver with an automatic transmission.

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The driver of this BMW X1 crashed her SUV through a concrete wall in a parking garage in Blumenau, Brazil today, according to Sao Paulo's Folha newspaper. Luckily, she apparently was not injured. A winch was used to remove the SUV from the hole in the wall after she crawled out the back.

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How did this happen? A neighbor explains that she put the car into drive instead of neutral, and when it started moving, she panicked and hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. "She is an old lady and not used to the new car with automatic transmission," the neighbor told the newspaper.

This probably wouldn't have happened if the Bimmer had a stick. Just sayin'.

Photo credit Folha

Hat tip to Dalton!

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ash78
Ash78, voting early and often

When I was 11 years old and first drove an automatic (my first time ever), I was appalled that the car started moving without any input from the pedal.

Even to my childlike mind, this notion seemed stupid and dangerous.

To my adult mind, it still does.