Posted: Mar 14, 2010 8:43 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Mar 14, 2010 8:43 AM
A memo drafted for a congressional panel says the Toyota Prius involved in a California runaway car incident performed exactly as it is designed to in tests trying to replicate the situation.
The memo obtained by The Associated Press casts doubt on the driver's contention that the car sped out of control on a California freeway.
The memo says that each time the technician floored the gas pedal and hit the brake at the same time, the car shut off as it is designed to do.
The memo concludes that the situation as described by the driver, of braking with a stuck accelerator, doesn't appear possible, "both electronically and mechanically."
Driver James Sikes was not available for comment but his wife, Patty Sikes, says he stands by his story. Mrs. Sikes says the couple's lives have been turned upside down and they are getting death threats.