CNN: Testing Didn’t Duplicate Sticky Gas Pedal On Man’s Prius

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Technicians who tested a Toyota Prius after its owner claimed its gas pedal stuck were unable to recreate the same condition, according to a draft congressional memo obtained Sunday by CNN.

In addition, owner Jim Sikes’ claim that the car kept going even though he slammed on the brake while his gas pedal was stuck to the floor does “not appear to be feasibly possible,” said the draft, obtained from sources familiar with the investigation.

The memo, written for members of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, summarizes the observations of a representative present at the testing of the Prius, as well as another car “allegedly involved in sudden unintended acceleration events.”

Contacted by CNN, Sikes declined to comment but said he stands by his story. He said his attorney will be making a statement on his behalf Monday.

Sikes said last week he was traveling east on Interstate 8 outside of San Diego, California, when his accelerator stuck as he sped up to pass a car.

“As I was going, I was trying the brakes … and it just kept speeding up,” he said.

Sikes said he called 911 for help as he was traveling in excess of 90 mph on a winding, hilly portion of the highway. He said dispatchers tried to talk him through ways to stop the car, but nothing helped.

Eventually, a California Highway Patrol officer caught up to Sikes and used the patrol car’s public address system to instruct Sikes to apply the brakes and the emergency brake at the same time. That tactic worked, and he was able to stop the car.

The memo said that before Sikes’ vehicle could be tested, technicians had to replace rotors, brakes and pads, because the pads and rotors were worn down.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I expected to see this kind of shtick. As soon as I heard it I said I don’t believe it. Either he doesn’t know how to drive and blamed the accident on Toyota or he is just plain lying. Anyone who actually did have a recall and is still driving their car without fixing it should be 100% liable in any accident.

  2. Its Pashut a scam. This guy wanted to make a quick million on Toyotas back and BH he was busted. Toyotas have been leading the market for years for good reason, they make fine cars. Halevai American cars were half as good.