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Apology For Toyota?
Shout Bits Blog ^ | 07/19/2010 | Shout Bits

Posted on 07/19/2010 8:16:37 AM PDT by Shout Bits

In what is little surprise to anyone who is not a tort lawyer or megalomaniac Senator, government researchers determined that runaway Toyotas were caused by driver errors. While Toyota was quick to say that the matter is not yet settled, Shout Bits is now prepared to state that when an accelerator is pushed to the floor and the brakes are not applied at all, an accident may ensue. That’s right, when the US Government did an independent study of crashed Toyotas, they found that in every instance the gas was to the floor and brake was unapplied. Naturally, all the Senators and trial lawyers who lined up to bash Toyota have apologized and admitted that Toyota actually sells high quality US made cars. Not yet, anyway. . .

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TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: blogpimp; corporations; senate; toyota

1 posted on 07/19/2010 8:16:41 AM PDT by Shout Bits
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To: Shout Bits

UAW ... I mean the obamar administration doesn’t seem to be ready to apologize.

2 posted on 07/19/2010 8:20:38 AM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: Shout Bits


3 posted on 07/19/2010 8:20:47 AM PDT by BillGunn (Bill Gunn for Congress district one rep. Massachusetts)
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To: Shout Bits
The important thing is that a major business lost a huge amount of money and much credibility and goodwill. I mean, that was the goal, right?

Now, all those other businesses, in all those other industries know that Obama can ruin them if he wants to. He doesn't need a reason. He can just wave his wand and make them go through hell.

Saaaaaaaaaaay, why are businesses holding back on hiring? What? Are they nervous about the future????

4 posted on 07/19/2010 8:20:47 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Shout Bits

Not to excuse any of this but I can tell you that happened to me just the other day. I was driving my 2004 Scienna ( which I love by the way) and as I was going down a hill and coming to a stop sign, I couldn’t find the brake. I finally did and it amazed me the air bag didn’t pop out. The cause, in my opinion, was I was wearing a different kind of shoe with a thicker sole ( a new running shoe) and that has not happened since.
Also I drive my hubby’s truck more than my van and the breaks are a bit different so one has to keep that in mind when driving a different vehicle.

I had my first Toyota in Okinawa..a 1968 two cylinder air cooled engine..looked like the old VW Rabbit a made it up the hills and started in the had 68,000 klicks..loved it. I have had Toyotas ever since..I’m stickin’ with em.

5 posted on 07/19/2010 8:31:45 AM PDT by celtic gal
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To: Shout Bits

All of us with brains on this forum were saying that this was all BS when it was happening. It was clear that the government was trying to make trouble for a competitor, which is just one more reason to keep government out of business.

6 posted on 07/19/2010 8:38:28 AM PDT by calex59
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To: Shout Bits

It’s a disgrace that spineless businessmen and manufacturers prostrate themselves before the like of Henry Waxman rather than stand up for their products. They are limp-wristed weasels who obviously learned their craft from Juan McCain and Mitchie McConnell.

7 posted on 07/19/2010 8:52:16 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: calex59

More than trying to weaken a competitor, they are attacking Toyota because they are non-union and operate out of the south, not in the good ol’ rust belt.

8 posted on 07/19/2010 9:28:26 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Oldpuppymax
Your Post #7 was kind of my take on it as well. Its unfortunate that the Toyota execs apologized and groveled when it was never clear that they had a faulty product.
Some grievously sad things happened, such as to that family in San Diego where they had a rental car and apparently it had the wrong type of floor mat (who would have guessed how critical floor mats were?) which wedged underneath the accelerator pedal. Bad stuff happened - but cars ‘taking off on their own’, and accelerating on their own - seemed an odd, and unproven, charge.
9 posted on 07/19/2010 9:36:50 AM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: El Cid

Toyota did have a problem. The official floor mats in the cars had connections that didn’t work right and they would break free and jamb under the pedals.

They had a recall for that problem. So unfortunately, when the accelerator “problem” was announced, Toyota couldn’t just say nothing was wrong, because they had a problem that was similar enough to confuse people.

They also had a known problem with a particular accelerator pedal that had too tight a clearance and could get “stuck”, for which they had a recall to put a spacer in.

Those two problems were not a big deal, since you could brake to a stop. But then everybody had mass hysteria, driven by the government.

10 posted on 07/19/2010 9:45:05 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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RE: 10

Thanks for the background info.

11 posted on 07/19/2010 9:49:50 AM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Shout Bits
Where do I find a link to the results of the "independent study" done by the US government that reached the conclusion you are claiming?

According to this source, the government study has not yet been finished and results are not expected until "as late as next year".

From the linked article: "The government on Wednesday said it hasn't reached any conclusions about whether Toyota drivers may be to blame for their vehicles suddenly accelerating."

The reports of "driver error" are coming either from "anonymous sources" quoted by the Wall Street Journal, or from the Toyota company, itself. For reasons which should be obvious, Toyota cannot be considered to be unbiased in this situation.

12 posted on 07/19/2010 10:25:03 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (For the first time in half a century, there is no former KKK member in the US Senate.)
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To: Shout Bits

They are doing this same thing about the new iPhone too. Can’t let a good company make the rest look bad, must find a flaw and milk it for all it is worth before admitting you were mistaken.

13 posted on 07/19/2010 11:05:20 AM PDT by RachelFaith (2010 is going to be a 100 seat Tsunami - Unless the GOP Senate ruins it all...)
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