"I pushed the gas pedal to pass a car, and it just did something kind of funny... and it just stuck there," said Jim Sikes at a news conference outside a Highway Patrol office, as reported late last night by CNN. "As I was going, I was trying the brakes... and it just kept speeding up."
Sikes said his problem had nothing to do with floor mats, one explanation Toyota has given for the widespread sticking pedal syndrome. "My mat was perfect. There was nothing wrong with my mat."
Sikes told those gathered at the news conference that at one point he actually reached down to try and physically pull the pedal back up with his hand, in an attempt to release it—"but it stayed right where it was."
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The CHP said it was extremely fortunate that no one was hurt or killed in the incident.
Sikes told CNN that he had taken his car into a local Toyota dealer to be serviced about two weeks prior to the incident. He gave them his recall notice, only to be told his car wasn't on the recall list.
It was not explained why he had a recall notice in his possession if his car wasn't on the dealer's recall list of vehicles to be repaired.
Toyota has been notified of the incident.