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Toyota dismisses "runaway" Prius incident

2010-03-16 06:28:08 GMT2010-03-16 14:28:08 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Members of the media record and watch as a 2008 Toyota Prius is demonstrated breaking at 85 MPH in a stadium parking lot following Toyota's announcement of preliminary findings regarding their investigation of the unintended acceleration incident involving a 2008 Toyota Prius at a news conference in San Diego, California March 15, 2010. (Reuters Photo)

Members of the media record and watch as a 2008 Toyota Prius is demonstrated breaking at 85 MPH in a stadium parking lot following Toyota's announcement of preliminary findings regarding their investigation of the unintended acceleration incident involving a 2008 Toyota Prius at a news conference in San Diego, California March 15, 2010. (Reuters Photo)

BEIJING, March 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Toyota dismissed a driver's account of a widely-publicised "runaway" Prius incident in California, media reported on Tuesday.

James Sikes, aged 61, a San Diego resident, was the subject of “runaway Prius."

Sikes said his Prius's gas pedal stuck, causing his car to speed to 94 mph on a San Diego freeway on March 8, and that he could not stop it for some 20 minutes until a highway patrol officer helped him slow the vehicle down, the BBC reported.

However, Toyota insisted Monday it has found no problems with its electronics, and that its mechanical fixes are sufficient.

"There are significant inconsistencies between the account of March 8 and the findings of this investigation," Toyota spokesman Mike Michels said.

Toyota and the U.S. federal government investigators examined the car. An initial report of the testing emerged Sunday from a congressional committee that said investigators could not duplicate the incident.

The March 8 episode was among the highest-profile headaches Toyota has suffered in recent months. It recalled more than 8 million cars and trucks worldwide because gas pedals can become stuck in the down position or be snagged by floor mats.

Many Toyota drivers who have reported runaway acceleration have said it was a one-time occurrence, and failures do not always repeat.

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