The word on the street from NHTSA is that it was Toyota that planted the driver error story.
“That story was planted by Toyota,” an NHTSA spokeswoman in Washington told just-auto. “Toyota is the source – yes we know that for definite.
“It is [the] Toyota PR machine. We knew they were going to put it out.”
So apparently this means that if you hold your Toyota the wrong way it has trouble braking unless you put duct tape on it. Wait. Wait. No, that’s not right. Sorry, we got our defective product scandal pedals mixed up for a second there. Sorry! Blogger error!
US: Toyota “planted” driver error story: NHTSA [Just-Auto]