Toyota said in a statement that it is investigating the incident, and two federal investigators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have been sent to San Diego to inspect the vehicle, which on Tuesday was towed to a dealership.
Since last fall, Toyota has issued separate massive recalls in the U.S. to fix floor mats and "sticky" accelerator pedals. The 2008 Prius is covered by the floor mat recall, but not the accelerator recall. It uses a different accelerator pedal than the cars that allegedly have "sticky" pedals.
Sikes has said that he checked his floor mat during the incident, and the mat was "perfect."
Elsewhere, on Tuesday morning, a 56-year-old driver in Harrison, New York hit a stone wall with her 2005 Prius when she allegedly could not get the car to stop accelerating. According to Captain Anthony Marraccini, the acting police chief of Harrison, the woman had just turned out of a long and winding driveway when, she says, the car began accelerating.
"She said the car accelerated and continued to accelerate," Marraccini told ABC News. "She said she tried to brake." According to Capt. Marraccini, the driver kept hitting the brakes, but the car wouldn't stop. The vehicle traveled about 150 feet before the driver lost control, crossed two lanes and hit a stone wall. The woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Marraccini said his department checked to see if the floor mat might have caused the accident. "From our investigation, it doesn't appear the floor mat was the cause," he said. The floor mat was secured to the car floor with the factory-issued hook and also tied to the seat base with a plastic tie. Marraccini said he believed it had been taken to a Toyota dealership to be serviced.
Like the 2008 Prius, the 2005 Prius is covered by the floor mat recall, but not the gas pedal recall.