"U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told The Associated Press Tuesday that federal officials had to alert Toyota to the seriousness of the safety issues that eventually led to the recalls.
"They should have taken it seriously from the very beginning when we first started discussing it with them," he said. "Maybe they were a little safety deaf."
LaHood also said the U.S. government was considering civil penalties for Toyota for having dragged its feet on safety concerns."
Did Toyota drag their feet? Or, did the Obama administration not really seem to care about any of this until GM and Dodge continued to lose market share? Did this ONLY become an important issue since the loss of the Democrat held U.S. Senate seat now held by Scott Brown? Is this only a big media issue because of the elections this fall? Is this an attempt at a forced "success" by the Obama administration in light of public distrust and disapproval of their failed politics? Is this another attempt at finger-pointing and blame-placing that the Obama administration is known for?
We will indeed see how much Americans are a slave to the popular media. These cars are NO less safe then they were yesterday. They are NO less safe than they were last week. They are NO less safe than they were last year. These affected cars manufactured by Toyota are no less likely today to have any issues than they EVER were. This is an exercise in FEAR by the Obama administration. This is an obvious direct shot at Toyota to benefit General Motors and attempt to restore public opinion of the Obama administration's unpopular auto industry bailouts.
I am all for safe cars, don't get me wrong. I think if there are situations involving these cars, they should be taken care of. The timing of these big media hit stories is just all too convenient.
Sorry LaHood, I am not buying it. Sorry Obama administration, I think you were all well aware of these problems last year and the year before, but they only came to light after another quarter of declining sales for "Government Motors" [GM].
I didn't spend much time researching past factual data. I would be VERY curious to learn how many problems would have to be evident with a General Motors car or a Dodge car before there would be this big ripple in the media. This attack on Toyota is unprecedented. It would not happen to a "U.S." manufacturer.
Updated 12:33PM on 2/3/2010. In all fairness, Ray LaHood printed an apology for his "misspoken" statement to Toyota owners a few hours after he said it. Again we see it is WAY easier in this country to apologize than it is to just say or do the right thing to begin with. The Obama administration has been chocked full of apologies lately it would seem [Toyota, Vegas, Scott Brown, Harry Reid]. Do you suppose Americans are getting tired of all the bullshit?
As a side note, I don't drive a Toyota. In fact, I would more than likely never buy one even if given the chance. It isn't that I think they are bad because the one I owned in past I was very happy with. I WOULD buy a Toyota over a Chrysler, Dodge, GM, Chevy or Cadillac though, since Toyota is not operating on a daily basis using our tax money. I only feel strongly about this topic on the principal of it all. It is ridiculous.
P.S. Here is how much trouble can be had with a GM product without ANY government action:
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