This is ridiculous. NHTSA should fine itself. I am sure Toyota had a
problem and I am sure Toyota worked to minimize the NHTSA response to
the complaints of unintended acceleration, BUT NHTSA had tons of
complaints and was warned by State Farm Insurance that there was a
problem. NHTSA decided to accept a half-baked Toyota explanation and
let things slide. Only after the press jumped on Toyota did NHTSA go
into ass covering mode and try to pretend they were shocked that there
was a problem.
If NHTSA had done it's job in 2007, there would have been no media
feeding frenzy over Toyota UA this year.
You are confused, if you are going to compare 20 year old cars you better
take a look at the old Toyota junk before you post.
Do a bit of research, if you do you will discover the fact is GMs cars,
TODAY, are rated among the best on the market TODAY.
I am trying to figure out who you are replying to. I do think Toyota had
problems with UA. I don't think they are as serious as the press coverage
implies. I don't think it it the electronics. I do think Toyota tired to the
minimize the problems in an effort to avoid a recall(s). This is standard
Toyota operating procedure. Toyota has a long history of denying problems
and/or trying to deflect blame. However, in this case NHTSA opened an
investigation. Toyota cooperated by supplying the requested information.
Instead of actually conducting a thorough investigation, NHTSA accepted a
half baked Toyota explanation and closed the investigation despite a very
high number of complaints and warnings from State Farm Insurance. Whether
this was the result of an overworked agency taking the easy way out or a
result of influence from former NHTSA employees working for Toyota, I cannot
say. It doesn't matter. NHTSA should have done a better job in 2007. If they
had, Toyota probably would have had to recall some cars for the floor mat
and accelerator pedal issues, but it would have been low key and had no
effect on sales.
Perhaps if TOYOTA had done ITS job right TOYOTA would not have been required
to recall 9,500,000 vehicles around the world, TOYOTA would not be facing
the largest fine in the history of the NHTSA, TOYOTA owners would not be
seeing the resale value of their TOYOTA heading into the dumper at the
Manheim Auctions all around the country and the TOYOTA Prius would not be
the butt of daily jokes on the late night TV shows? ;(
Just one standard yours, everything GM does is wrong, the fact that GM
donsnt have a problem now
and your jap friends do, makes GM wrong in your eyes. MY hope is that GM
and Chrysler do good and grow
to become a profitable company again just to piss you off. Don't like the
US fine you don't have to live here,
don't like canada fine don't live there, Always Cuba, Mexico, Iran etc. Bye
GM went bankrupt, by definition they were wrong. Poor business
decisions, poor engineering, poor vision and the list goes on and on and
on. The "new" GM will repeat the process. Now is a great time to get a
good deal on a new Toyota Tom. Or Honda. Have a nice day Tom :-)
Ever heard GM admit they make crap? GM is always going to say they make
the best even if they don't.
GM has no chance. Even though they might actually not be bleeding as
much tax dollars as last year, it is too little for them to survive. GM
has to find a way to make good cars under $10K and make money. It is a
stretch of the imagination GM can pull it off. And if they did, it
would importing what they sell. As a domestic manufacturer, the
economics don't exist to be truly profitable.
Over 16 months on life support, $170 billion less debt to service and
they still can't make money.
Get real. GM will just keep on sucking.
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