Toyota has a news conference coming up shortly. Apparently they are going to address the issue of San Diego driver Jim Sikes and his runaway Prius.
Reports are that engineers have been unable to duplicate the problem as Sikes described it, in either Sikes’s car or another car of the same model.
Frankly, I still see no reason not to believe Sikes. Where both mechanics and computer electronics are involved, the actual cause of an intermittent problem can be really, really hard to pinpoint. (Ask any computer owner!) Just because engineers can’t replicate the problem doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. And so far there’s has been no reason to think Sikes lied about it.
Seems to me that the very fact that some of the recalled and repaired Toyotas reportedly have continued to have problems indicates that Toyota engineers themselves may not have accurately pinpointed the source of the problems they “fixed.”
It would be pretty easy for a corporation like Toyota to discredit a single private citizen. Their doing so doesn’t prove anything.
Just sayin’ …