Did Driver Fake the Runaway Prius?
Toyota just can’t seem to get a break (or a brake). In the latest sudden-acceleration controversy, a San Diego-area resident was topping 90 mph when he called 911 to report his uncontrollable car. A California Highway Patrol officer caught up with the car, told the driver to put on the emergency brake and turn off the engine, maneuvered in front of the Prius and rolled it to a halt. The driver had been uncertain about the recall so he went to the dealership, who told him his vehicle was not on a recall list. However, the veracity of the story has been called into question as investigators were unable to make the Prius speed out of control as the driver had. “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 bake at the same time,” a memo stated. Several other inconsistencies are also calling into question the driver’s credibility.