Toyota challenged a California driver's story of an out-of-control Prius at a press conference Monday afternoon in California.
A Toyota spokesman, accompanied by engineers from the automaker, detailed preliminary findings of a joint investigation conducted by Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into an incident with an alleged out-of-control Prius.
Prius owner Jim Sikes made national headlines last week with claims that his car's accelerator got stuck as he sped up to pass a car while traveling on California's I-8 highway outside of San Diego and that he was unable to stop the car.
"As I was going, I was trying the brakes ... and it just kept speeding up," he said.
Sikes story is at odds with the findings of the investigation according to Toyota and to a draft congressional memo obtained by CNN.
"While a final report is not yet complete, there are strong indications that the driver's account of the event is inconsistent with the findings of the preliminary analysis," Toyota said in a prepared statement.