Toyota casts doubt on account of runaway Prius



SAN DIEGO (AP) — Toyota is casting doubt on a California man’s claim that his Prius sped out of control, saying that his report is inconsistent with findings of the company’s preliminary investigation.

Toyota says the accelerator pedal was tested and found to be working normally and a backup safety system worked properly.

The automaker says the front brakes showed severe wear and damage from overheating but the rear brakes and parking brake were in good condition.

James Sikes says his car raced to 94 mph on a freeway near San Diego last week. The March 8 incident ended when Sikes stopped the car with help from a California Highway Patrol officer.