Toyota "sticky accelerator" mystery

By “mystery”, I don’t mean the mystery of what causes the problem. I mean the mystery of Rhonda Smith, the Tennessee woman whose Toyota-made Lexus suddenly zoomed to 100 miles per hour for 6 miles before “God intervened” and slowed the car. She says she “tried everything” – shifting to neutral, trying to throw the car into reverse and hitting the emergency brake. But couldn’t she just have turned the engine off? Or am I missing something here?
Also amusing is the testimony of Toyota boss Akio Toyoda (how come he’s called “Toyoda” not “Toyota”?). In his written testimony to the US Congress he said: “When the cars are damaged, it is as though I am as well.” Somehow, I doubt he really thinks that…

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