I absolutely couldn't believe what I was listening to on NPR the other day, with the breathless coverage of the moron in Southern California who for some reason couldn't slow his Prius but did manage to alert the national media. Your brakes on your car can stop it even at full acceleration. Why couldn't he? Why didn't he shift into neutral? Why didn't he turn the engine off? How amazing was it that a one in a million problem (because even if the sudden acceleration issue is a real hardware problem, it is very, very rare) occurs at just about the exact height of the Toyota panic in SoCal, the world's largest media market?
I am glad someone else is showing some skepticism. The media is just incredible. I used to feel guilty that I was too hard on the media in stories like this in my novel, but now I think I stopped short of reality.