Speaking with The New York Times, Michels said that a small amount of Toyota vehicles had issues with sticking accelerators, while a large number of the cases involved the previously recalled floor mats interfering with the pedals. However, he notes, none of these cases have resulted in a crash.
More importantly, and seemingly in-line with The Wall Street Journal's earlier report that human error was likely the cause of most unintended acceleration claims, Michels says "in instances where they reported having their foot on the brake pedal, there is very clear evidence that this is pedal misapplication."
Toyota says that its investigation into all the cases of unintended acceleration remains ongoing, and for its part, NHTSA continues to claim that it has reached "no conclusions" about the causes.
[Source: The New York Times | Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty]