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Of course this won’t get as much news coverage as the initial scandal, but upon investigation the government found that people weren’t even applying the brakes: Early Tests Pin Toyota Accidents on Drivers.
“The U.S. Department of Transportation has analyzed dozens of data recorders from Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles involved in accidents blamed on sudden acceleration and found that the throttles were wide open and the brakes weren’t engaged at the time of the crash, people familiar with the findings said.”
This sounds a lot like people accidentally pressing the gas pedal rather than the brake. At the time I remember reading an article about how previous reports of this kind of activity (for other manufacturers) have typically shown driver error as well, with a very high percentage of reporters being older (I forget the ages, and now can’t find the article).