Runaway Renault: French Man Taken on 130-Mile Joyride

Everyone and their mother will be making Speed references in this story, so we won't. (Dammit, we just did!) A man in Amiens, France was taken on a 130-mile nightmare ride when the throttle stuck on the specially designed hand controls for his Renault. Frank Lecerf has epilepsy, and as such, has special controls that allow him to operate the brake and throttle with his hands. It was that system that apparently stuck, resulting in the un-planned joyride. According to Yahoo! Autos, Lecerf set the cruise control to 60 mph, but the car had plans of its own, reaching speeds of 100-125 MPH! Lecerf avoided slower traffic and pedestrians as he attempted to slow the car down. The Renault Laguna 3 continued like this from France, into Belgium, where Lecerf was able to regain control of the car, about 130 miles from home! According to the report, Lecerf had already sent the car to Renault twice before, complaining about sudden acceleration. Uh-oh, do we have another Toyota-style scandal on our hands? Perhaps not, as Renault claims Lecerf accidentally locked the accelerator open. We're sure this is not the last we've heard of this unexpected event.

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