I will have to disagree with you on a number of fronts, mardi4011. The 2003 Santa Fe had a cable operated throttle plate, and there are no electronics on this car that could cause it to accelerate out of control, with the possible exception of the cruise control. If it will make you feel safer, you could unhook the cruise control. Cruise control has remained largely unchanged for the last 50-60 years, so I doubt that is the problem. Also, I would hardly say that consumers are allowing unintended acceleration problems to take place without doing anything about it. If you have been following the news for the last year or so, you will see that there have been numerous fraudulent complaints about unintended acceleration. The media is not taking this lying down, either. CNN ran a story a few months back regarding an "internal document" inside Toyota dealerships reporting "surging acceleration" in Camrys as old as the 1999 model year. Their "internal document" was a technical service bulletin concerning an idle air control problem which would cause the engine to idle erratically, referred to in the industry as "surging." Frankly, I don't think the media needs any more fuel to throw on this fire.
I also disagree with the statement that most Asian cars have this problem. The only confirmed cases have been in Toyota and Lexus cars. Lexus is Toyota's luxury division. This leaves Honda/Acura, Mitsubishi, Nissan/Infiniti, Daewoo (if we can count them), and, of course, Hyundai/Kia. I probably missed some other companies, but can't think of any more right now.
I also disagree that the automakers (Toyota specifically) are refusing to acknowledge this problem due to bad publicity associated with acknowledging a problem. Toyota has publicly acknowledged that there is a problem, recalled over 8 million vehicles to correct the problem, and paid their fines for not acting quickly enough. They are now running commercials trying to rebuild consumer confidence in their products, which didn't seem to be too badly affected. I expected resale value of Toyotas to drop, but they didn't. I think Akio Toyoda acknowledged that there was a problem when he stood before Congress, tears running down his face, and pledged to correct this issue no matter what it took. It certainly looked more consumer oriented than when the former CEO of General Motors took a private jet to Washington to ask for bailout money.
In all fairness, I would like to know more about the conditions under which this unintended acceleration took place. If it was in a parking lot or some other low speed situation, there is certainly some validity in the scenario mentioned by bscar, in which the brake and accelerator are close together and can be accidentally pressed at the same time. This has happened to me before in my Buick, especially when I first got it six years ago. It still happens sometimes, like when I get a new pair of shoes that actually have tread on them and feel strange to me (I wear my shoes down to nothing before I replace them). I really don't think the Asian car companies are out to get us. Why bite the hand that feeds you?