So, about that recall … The U.S. Department of Transportation has analyzed dozens of data recorders from Toyotas that were in accidents blamed on sudden acceleration. The results? At the time of the crashes, the throttles were open and the brakes were not engaged, meaning that the crashes were likely the result of driver error. This is in line with a 1989 government study, which found that a spate of sudden-acceleration reports from Audi 5000 sedans were actually caused by driver error. Of the 3,000 complaints of Toyota sudden acceleration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has only verified one fatal crash due to problems with the vehicle. Toyota, for its part, has recalled more than 8 million cars to fix floor mats and sticky accelerators.