The government made up this entire crisis in order to boost the American car companies. The media needed a new story since the "financial crisis" headline was getting old, so they turned a few complaints into a fiasco. Toyotas are great cars.
I bet there are other cases of unintended acceleration from other (American?) car companies that aren't being highlighted or investigated. I wonder why?
I like having a mechanical linkage under my left foot to disengage the engine and transmission to stop any engine-motivated acceleration. It's called a clutch.