Sudden vehicle acceleration is nothing new
Since 1978 [the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration] has investigated and in some cases is still studying sudden acceleration reports in GM, Nissan, Audi, Toyota, Honda, Chrysler, Renault, Ford, Volvo, Mitsubishi and Mercedes-Benz cars. It has received reports of sudden acceleration in nearly every make of car.
The most likely cause of "runaway" vehicles? Pedal confusion.