I remember when gas tanks used to be safely behind the seatback inside the cab. The Audi thing was mainly big American feet and small, closely spaced pedals (and mostly automatic transmissions). This issue was almost non-existant in the rest of the world. Plus we have more starving lawyers in the U.S. Unintended acceleration and vehicles not being put in Park are still commonplace errors (really no longer a vehicle defect). It also sells newspapers and garners mouse clicks.