Little did they know that they were about to experience something that no car owner ever wants to experience. As noted in a report from NBC Boston 10, the bZ4X driver and a passenger, Gerry Cardona, were eating lunch near the Blossom Street Pier Ferry Terminal’s boat ramp when the driver stepped out of the vehicle to throw trash a few feet away. As the driver left the car, the all-electric crossover started rolling towards the water. Cardona described the incident to Boston 10, stating, “I started feeling the car rolling a little bit.
I grabbed a snow brush to try to stop it, and it wouldn’t stop… Next thing you know, I did everything I could, rolled down the window, and I climbed out and jumped in the water.” Cardona was able to get back to shore by the time fire and rescue arrived. The local fire department and a tow truck company were also involved in the retrieval of the all-electric crossover. Considering the nature of the incident, it would probably be best for Toyota to roll out a feature that automatically shifts the bZ4X to Park as needed. Tesla describes a similar feature as automatically shifting into Park to prevent roll-away while driving in low speeds, particularly when a charge cable is connected, the seat belt is unbuckled, or the door is opened while in Drive or Neutral.
For further details on the ill-fated Toyota bZ4X, you can watch Boston 10’s feature in the video provided. If you have any news tips, don’t hesitate to contact us.