Don Esmond, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales, said that he was “mystified” at James Sikes’ Toyota Prius’ gas pedal becoming stuck and causing the car to speed out of control on a San Diego freeway.

Toyota officials and Federal investigators are taking a serious look into the incident and Toyota officials said that they have been in extensive talks with Sikes. Sikes and his lawyer have said that he has no plans to sue Toyota over the ordeal.

Esmond said all Prius models are equipped with a computer system that cuts power to the wheels if the brake and gas pedals are depressed at the same time, something Sikes said he was doing.

“It’s tough for us to say if we’re skeptical. I’m mystified in how it could happen with the brake override system,” Esmond said.

Yesterday, we learned that Sikes filed for bankruptcy in 2008 and has over $700,000 in debt. New reports show that Sikes is also an owner of a sex site for couples. California Business Records shows the company Adutlswinglife LLC is owned by a Mr. James Sikes of Carlsbad, California. Not that his occupation or bank account are linked to his Toyota Prius, but we’re just saying.

- By: Omar Rana

Source: Jalopnik, Forbes


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  • wwest

    The Prius DOES NOT HAVE A BTO, Brake/Throttle Override…!!

    What it does have is a firmware control design that should put the drive system in regenerative mode the INSTANT the brake light switch is closed.

    Bottom line:

    The control firmware was either “out to lunch” or it was hacked.

  • Bob

    Bottome line: People are taking advantage of the situation and bad mouthing Toyota. The guy hired a lawyer, for what if he's not planning to sue Toyota? I think it's to defend himself when the fed and Toyota find out the truth about his staged incident.

  • wwide4082

    Toyota and others knew they were having issues and attempted to hide it. All Car Companies should have came forward with a full disclosures of what car were dangerous. Instead of waiting for a huge media blitz and tons of public pressure. I never seen so many car companies GM – NISSAN – TOYOTA – HYUNDAI having recalls all at the same time. I had no idea my car was affected until I looked on http://www.carpedalrecall.com and found I had a bad Anti Lock control unit on my 2008 Pontiac G8 , my co workers Ford Truck had a recall also. So be careful