"US chides Toyota over recall"
this is back-door protectionist political bullshit.
fact: ford, bmw, and others have all had throttle sensor problems, and
in much greater numbers than toyota.
fact: the media has all but ignored it.
here we are, hot on the heels of political dismay at the unconsidered
consequences of their ridiculous "cash for clunkers" program benefiting
manufacturers of fuel efficient cars, not domestic gas guzzlers, being
subjected to politically motivated hysterical xenophobia.
fact: toyota sells better, more fuel efficient, safer, more reliable
vehicles using american parts and american labor than domestics
assembling their carp from the chinese componentry they import.
if toyota needs to learn a lesson from this fiasco, it's that they need
to show up in washington and hand over their lobbying cash like detroit
does, not be politically naive and simply rely on selling superior product.