Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Toyota is vindicated, despite the efforts of the Obama administration
From OrlandoBusinessJournal -- The U.S. Department of Transportation concluded a 10-month study of Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles with a report stating electronic flaws did not cause sudden vehicle acceleration problems
After exhaustive research by NASA engineers, NTSB engineers, and countless investigations into each of the 83 deaths previously attributed to "sticky gas pedals", this report concluded that it wasn't Toyota's fault.
In every case, the operators had misplaced the floor mats, stepped on the wrong pedal, or improperly large floor mats had been placed in the cars by someone besides the owner, i.e. a detailer, dealer, or mechanic. And that's what led to the pedal getting stuck on the floor mat.
The Obama administration called congressional committee hearings and applied as much pressure as possible to Toyota through threats of punitive fines and the feckless American media gleefully pitched in with some of the worst nonfactual, hysterical reporting I've ever seen. Never has a President attacked a private company this way, but why? Because he had just taken ownership of GM and Chrysler and badly needed them to succeed. Toyota had just taken over the #1 sales ranking in the world. Obama had to destroy his competition and he seized on the mysterious "sticky pedal" nonsense to do it. He didn't care if it turned out to be phoney, the damage he needed to Toyota was short term so who cares if it turns out to be the stupid carelessness of the drivers that caused the sudden accelerations?
For that reason, I will never buy a GM or Chrysler product....ever! I will buy Toyota's or if I buy domestic, I'll buy a Ford.