Originally Posted by carve
If the pedal was really stuck, like by a floor mat, the black box wouldn't tell you much. It probably didn't even save any data since there was no crash.
You CAN turn off a push button while driving. In fact, you can to it two ways in the kia: by holding it down for 2 seconds, or just by stabbing the button 3 times in less than 3 seconds, as you'd do in a panic.
The real question: why are the driver, mechanic husband, 911 operator, and the police all too stupid to tell her to do that, put in in neutral, lift the pedal with her toe, or just stand on the brakes. The fact that speeds varied from 80 to 120 demonstrate she was under control.
Well if the black box recorded the event, it would at least show whether or not the brake pedal was fully depressed.
Back to my earlier point about brakes being stronger than engines, the Kia's engine would barely make enough power/torque to have any noticeable effect on braking distances and it surely would not allow the car to accelerate from 80-120 mph.
So yeah... complete BS.