The driver was on the phone with 911. He told them he had both feet on the brake pedal and the throttle had accelerated out of control. The 911 operator heard the crash that killed all occupants of the car.<quoted text>
How would anyone know how many feet the driver had on the brake pedal, or how hard he pressed on it? All I know is what I tried on my own Toyota and I'm satisfied I could stop it if I had to.
This incident was certainly a tragedy, but I think there is much more to be learned about what exactly happened. And maybe we never will.
The car supposedly had thick rubber floor mats on top of the factory carpeted mats. Is it possible they bunched up enough so that it not only interfered with the gas pedal, but also prevented the brake pedal from being pressed down enough?
Toyota has admitted there is a problem and they are working on it. Some of these same instances with Toyotas were happening 6 years ago. The floor mats were only part of the problem. The throttles on the problem Toyotas are now being redesigned.