CONTRIBUTION · 26th February 2010
Global Research - Mike Whitney
Does anyone really believe that Toyota is being pilloried in the media for a few highway fatalities?
Nonsense. If Congress is so worried about innocent people getting killed, then why haven't they indicted US commander Stanley McChrystal for blowing up another 27 Afghan civilians on Sunday?
But this isn't about bloodshed and it's certainly not "safety regulations". It's about politics--bare-knuckle Machiavellian politics. An attack on Toyota is an attack on Japan's leading export. It is an act of war. Here's a excerpt from the New York Times which explains what is really going on:Read The Rest Here
Comment by Pat#1 on 28th February 2010
Does anyone remember when BC had safety inspection stations? Once a year, you took your vehicle through and if it passed, your sticker was punched and off you'd go. If you failed, you could be 'without wheels' until repairs were done by an approved mechanic/facility. It kept all the heaps off the road...no cracked windshields, no coathanger tailpipes, no belching or leaking.
Who wins the war!?
Comment by Stuart Horner on 28th February 2010
It is already projected that sales of Ford vehicles will come out on top with other NA car manufactures close behind. There is a ton of money to be made. Sad that this gets publicity and not the real problem.
What about the 1.3 million killed and 50 million injured in auto crashes last year? Were they all Toyotas with sticky accelerators? The negative publicity will not change me from getting another Toyota in the future. They have some great products.
Almost daily someone drives into a building in the US. Not all of them are Toyota's! Drivers just forget what pedal does what. At least Toyota is going to rectify the problem, not sweep it under the rug. This media war is blown way out of proportion, but I am not surprised that the sheep will follow the media BS. There are greater problems in the auto industry than most are aware of. In the end, this will only make the quality and safety of Toyota products better.
Bill. B. - an automotive technician should have the right to take a vehicle off the road if deemed unsafe. But like most common sense things, they are not too common.
Comment by Shawn ksisiiaks on 27th February 2010
Great marketting when you own 60% of a domestic compeditor. Use of the word war is a but of a stretch.
Let's have some facts.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 27th February 2010
It is pretty hard not to wonder if there just might be some hidden reasons behind this attack on a foreign car manufacturer. Toyota along with others that has really shown how outdated the domestic auto maker's thinking has been. I imagine that the U.S. car manufacturers have lost billions to the competition. There are billions of dollars at stake. It would be naive to think that those billions are not influencing some of the debate.
I have never owned a Toyota but friends who do, or have, love them. They are very reliable and if the truth be known there have been other deaths caused by faulty manufacturing of domestic vehicles in the past. None of that created this kind of fervor.
Maybe just a little more factual reporting would help. For example has the media ever shown a model of the gas pedal mounted above the floor and how it could be stuck on the floor by a floor mat. underneath it? Has there ever been any detail to explain why switching the ignition off and on doesn't shut down the engine? Or how about putting the transmission is neutral? The drivers may not have had the presence of mind to do that, even though they had enough to make a phone call, but at least we'd have some factual information. There are too many questions and not enough answers. Maybe some Toyota mechanics can answer these questions.
One thing is true. You won't get any answers from congressional hearings which are all tainted by political interests. Once the media gets off the sensational part of the story there might be a solution. In the meantime, I will wonder if there isn't something a littl fishy about this.
Comment by Dr. Bruce Bidgood on 27th February 2010
Thank you for the inclusion of this article. Clearly, the attack on Toyota is more than just "technical concerns". There is a concerted plan to undermine confidence in Japanese exports. For who's benefit?
Comment by bill (braam) on 27th February 2010
It is my opinion that the toyota problems are overblown. Yes, there may be a glitch or two and yes a manafacturer of consumer items has to use due diligence in production of a product but they also don't have to suffer from something close to a witch hint. I presently am not employed by Toyota but as a automotive technician I am observing the attack on Toyota this year, observed the attack on Ford some ten years ago with their rollover explorer nightmare, and observed the attack on Audi some twenty years ago with 'unintended acceleration'. I don't make excuses for poor automotive design but to overblow a fault is not right either. Every day I work on vehicles and every day I see vehicle that are unsafe and close to unsafe being driven out onto the road and I have a question for you out there. Why is there no law out there that prevents an unsafe vehicle being driven on the road by it's rightfull owner? As far as I know, and I would like to be informed of otherwise, a person is legally entitled to drive a very unsafe vehicle out onto the road and there is NOTHING I am legally allowed to do to stop him . This glitch is one far more deadly than ANY glitch presently being endured by Toyota. Thank you.