Runaway Toyota Second-Gen Prius Prompts Another Federal Investigation
Toyota is facing a new federal probe as a result of a runaway Prius that reached speeds over 90 mph on a San Diego County freeway Monday afternoon. James Sikes, the 61 year old driver of a used hybrid Second-Gen 2008 Prius, called 911 for assistance and was able to eventually stop the car with the assistance of a DPS officer giving directions over his loudspeaker. He told reporters that his Prius had recently been serviced by the Toyota dealership.
Sikes was driving normally when the problem started, "I pushed the gas pedal to pass a car and it did something kind of funny... it jumped and it just stuck there. As it was going, I was trying the brakes...it wasn't stopping, it wasn't doing anything and it just kept speeding up." Sikes claims he won't drive the car until the issue is solved. Toyota's field technicians are investigating the Prius to determine if this is an isolated incident or if they will have to add another hybrid model to their recall list.
Sikes discusses the incident in the interview below: