March 15th, 2010
05:07 AM ET

Memo: Testing didn't duplicate sticky gas pedal on Prius

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.

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  1. jim

    A two hour test couldn't duplicate a once in a million happening – who is surprised?
    I love my 07 prius, and have never had a speed issue as reported, but can tell you multiple succession of bumps in the road while accelerating or de-accelerating cause it's computer to react strangely.

    March 15, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. russ

    I believe this whole episode to be a hoax. The cost to defend this allegation will be enormous, so the insurance company and/or Toyota will give him a pile of money to make him go away. Just hope he keeps his eyes on his back in case a Ninja is sent to deal with him.

    March 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HM

    Who in their right mind would believe this story? Let me see, gas peddle stuck to the floor but only goes 80 mph, brakes didn't work either. Couldn't put car in neutral or turn key off. Oh wait let's dial 911 and see if I can get on TV or maybe even get a new car out of it.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |