Runaway Prius in San Diego – Click above to watch the video
The speeding Prius story is not done yet. Over the weekend, we heard that Toyota was pretty sure the brake override system in Jim Sikes' Prius should have kicked in to slow the speeding car down and that this is exactly what happened when investigators tested the car. Today, the Wall Street Journal, reports that engineers from the Department of Transportation spent the weekend trying to re-create a runaway acceleration situation, to no avail. A DOT statement reads, "So far, we have not been able to find anything to explain the incident that Mr. Sikes reported." Another new detail, the brake pads on Sikes' car were almost completely worn away. A report for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform issued last week says that, "In this case, knowing that we are able to push the car around the shop, it does not appear to be feasibly possible, both electronically and mechanically that his gas pedal was stuck to the floor and he was slamming on the brake at the same time."
Meanwhile, Sikes' attorney, is saying that none of the investigations prove Sikes is lying. "It's not surprising they couldn't replicate it. They have never been able to replicate an incident of sudden acceleration. Mr. Sikes never had a problem in the three years he owned this vehicle," he told the AP.
Toyota is holding a press conference later today "to share preliminary findings of the company's technical investigation." As they say, stay tuned.
[Source: AP, WSJ]