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Toyota chief apologizes for global recalls (How sharp is his sword?)
AP via Yahoo ^ | February 5, 2010 | By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer

Posted on 02/05/2010 7:13:18 AM PST by Chi-townChief

TOKYO – Toyota's president apologized Friday for the massive global recalls over sticking gas pedals as the automaker scrambles to repair a damaged reputation and sliding sales.

But Akio Toyoda, appointed to the top job at Toyota Motor Corp. last June, said the company is still deciding what steps to take to fix brake problems in the popular Prius gas-electric hybrid.

Speaking at a hastily announced news conference that lasted an hour, a stern-looking Toyoda promised to beef up quality control.

"We are facing a crisis," he said, publicly confronting the automaker's safety problems for the first time since the global recalls were announced Jan. 21.

He said the company is setting up a special committee he would head himself.

It would review internal checks, go over consumer complaints and listen to outside experts to come up with a solution to the widening quality problems.

"I offer my apologies for the worries," he said. "Many customers are wondering whether their cars are OK."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: akiotoyoda; automakers; greenmachine; prius; recall; suddenaccel; toyota
Perhaps they're becoming concerned with An America That Can Say 'No.'
1 posted on 02/05/2010 7:13:18 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

As much as I’d like to join in on beating up Toyota, I have to admit, this whole affair sort of smells like an Obama-administration set up. Toyota is a primary competitor to Government Motors, and if Obama can use the government to knock down Toyota a notch and get people to buy more GM products so that state ownership doesn’t look like the failure that it is, then he’ll do it.


2 posted on 02/05/2010 7:17:27 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (We bury Democrats face down so that when they scratch, they get closer to home.)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

Whatever this is, I made sure my high school students knew what to do with floor mats and how to handle stuck accelerators.


3 posted on 02/05/2010 7:21:58 AM PST by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
ABSOLUTELY.

Toyota has to correct this problem. But Washington never made a Federal Case out of this kind of issue in the past.

I have had Toyotas since 1976, after a series of VERY unpleasant experiences with American cars and have never been disappointed with them.

Obama is playing politics with problems (remember that bastard Rahm Emmanuel's comment about never letting a problem go by unexploited).

4 posted on 02/05/2010 7:22:12 AM PST by ZULU (Hey Obama, how DO you pronounce "corpsman"?????)
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To: Chi-townChief

Look what the Union members at GM produced in the past! (In caps)

“...ANOTHER 200,000 CARS ARE BEING RECALLED TO FIX AN ACCELERATOR STICKING PROBLEM...”

“General Motors Recalls 1.5 Million Vehicles”

November 5, 2004

General Motors is recalling nearly 1.5 million vehicles, including 1 million SUVs, in North America to fix tail lights that could loosen and flicker. ANOTHER 200,000 CARS ARE BEING RECALLED TO FIX AN ACCELERATOR STICKING PROBLEM.

The recall of nearly 1 million SUVs includes the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, TrailBlazer EXT, GMC Envoy XL and Oldsmobile from the 2002 to 2004 model years and the 2004 Buick Rainier. Vibration and heat can cause the rear lights to stop working, the company said.

Mid-sized cars with the sticky accelerator include the Chevrolet Malibu, Oldsmobile Alero and Pontiac Grand Am from the 2003 model year. Dealers will inspect, and if necessary will replace the accelerator and brake pedal assembly, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A third recall includes the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire small cars for faulty rear brake and turn signals that could fail due to inadequate contact between the bulb and socket. Dealers will inspect the light sockets and fix the problem by applying grease or replacing the assembly if necessary, the NHTSA said.

GM said it knows of five crashes that could be due to faulty rear lights on the SUVs and the small cars.

Finally, GM recalled a total of 5,914 of its 2004 to 2005 Cadillac XLR and 2005 Chevrolet Corvette sports cars to fix a brake line that could leak.

GM has recalled a total of 10.47 million vehicles in North America this year through the end of October, above the total of 7.8 million for all of 2003.

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/recalls04/gm_recalls.html


5 posted on 02/05/2010 7:23:56 AM PST by 444Flyer (Save the SEALs!(Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe, Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe/ Julio Heurtas))
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To: ZULU

My 1997 Camry was still going strong with 200K+ miles when I totalled it (doesn’t take much to total a 17-yr-old Camry). My 2002 Land Cruiser has 150K miles and I expect to top 300K. I’ll continue buying Toyotas, thanks - and you’ll never see me in a Gummint Motors or Chrysler showroom again.


6 posted on 02/05/2010 7:27:27 AM PST by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: Chi-townChief

If they discover the fault is electronics, the party will be over. First it was floor mats then it was a mechanical gas pedal part. The throttle function, as I have read, on these things are controlled by electronics (drive by wire) so it may not be over yet.


7 posted on 02/05/2010 7:27:35 AM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: tgusa

1997=1987. Merde.


8 posted on 02/05/2010 7:29:26 AM PST by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: Chi-townChief

What a smart move on the part of Toyota. Get ahead of the storm(just like the democrats do)and minimize the firestorm. Toyota builds a great product and has a solid reputation. This current attack on them would stop if they allowed unions to take over


9 posted on 02/05/2010 7:31:11 AM PST by shadeaud ("If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." -- George Carlin)
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To: Proud2BeRight

I really believe that the problem lies in the PCM. Some of the RAV4’s (or more)had a failure to respond to the throttle problem and my guess is that these are related to the acceleration problem.


10 posted on 02/05/2010 7:34:32 AM PST by Clay Moore (Roaches, predators, and thieves typically work under the cover of darkness. So it is with congress.)
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To: 444Flyer

Toyota and the other Jap manufacturers used to be able to isolate their problems to their island but as demand grew, they began shipping product of a lesser quality overseas.


11 posted on 02/05/2010 7:41:52 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: tgusa

I wish Toyota and the other Jap automakers would market to me - then I might be interested.


12 posted on 02/05/2010 7:43:25 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief
Overall, however, even the crappiest products of Toyota and Honda perform better than Government Motors (and its predecessor, Generous Motors).

But don't blame me, I drive a Hyundai, built right here in the USA.

13 posted on 02/05/2010 7:44:10 AM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Clemenza

Korean products = no way.


14 posted on 02/05/2010 7:48:23 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

“As much as I’d like to join in on beating up Toyota, I have to admit, this whole affair sort of smells like an Obama-administration set up”

I agree.

The sooner we get rid of this Kenyan bastard the world will be better off.

Soros has to go too.

By the way, talking about Soros, sometime ago here on FR in the past few months, I read where one of Soros’ sons is on the board of directors at Google; hence, this shady stuff with the Feds.


15 posted on 02/05/2010 7:58:23 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Chi-townChief

Seppeku with a rusty nail?


16 posted on 02/05/2010 8:05:42 AM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
Toyota: 5.3 million vehicles currently on the road subject to recall; 1,000 accelerator related instances “reported” since 2001; 20 deaths in about 15 accidents since 2001.
Its a pandemic.
Were all those 75 year old geezers who drive into crowds and stores all driving Toyotas?
17 posted on 02/05/2010 9:09:13 AM PST by BilLies
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To: Chi-townChief; a fool in paradise
Akio Toyoda

Ashamed, he even changed his name from Akio Toyota!

18 posted on 02/05/2010 9:10:55 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Chi-townChief

Be fair. If you lump this in with all the Chinese recalls, it’s only right to say Asian = ain’t no way.

*reminder: toothpaste, toys, dogfood, etc...


19 posted on 02/05/2010 9:22:56 AM PST by Froufrou (quality)
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To: BilLies

It’s a pandemic???

You need to look the word up.


20 posted on 02/05/2010 9:28:19 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Darksheare

Ahso, Darkshearesan. The drink, or the weapon?


21 posted on 02/05/2010 9:34:04 AM PST by Froufrou (quality)
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To: Froufrou

“Make mine a BÔD ÜGHT!” -gets handed a horrible looking smoking concoction that melts the very air around it.
Hemlock for me.


22 posted on 02/05/2010 9:36:05 AM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: Darksheare

We’re just not looking at it correctly. S’okay to hit a wall at 80 mph with your accelerator stuck, just as long as you

SAVE FACE


23 posted on 02/05/2010 9:39:07 AM PST by Froufrou (quality)
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To: Chi-townChief

Actually I’m impressed. Nobody at Ford ever apologized for the Pinto.


24 posted on 02/05/2010 9:39:14 AM PST by discostu (wanted: brick, must be thick and well kept)
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To: discostu

I’m still waiting for Pontiac to apologize for the Aztec.


25 posted on 02/05/2010 9:41:30 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (The liberals are asking us to give Obama more time. Is 25 to life enough?)
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To: discostu; Chi-townChief

The one who should apologize for the Pinto is Nader, not Ford! They did the gastank conversions for free; I know because we had one. That 2300cc engine is the same one they used in the Mustang, and just as good as the 351 Cleveland.

On the local dealer marquee: “Owned by Americans, not American owned.” I will buy them again.


26 posted on 02/05/2010 9:48:44 AM PST by Froufrou (quality)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Yeah, none of the American car companies will ever publicly acknowledge any mistake, aesthetic or fatal, they just move along ignoring it. Toyota will probably learn what I’ve learned in my personal life, in a victim society the guy that is actually willing to say “I $%^&ed up” stands out as an honest person that people want to work with and buy from.


27 posted on 02/05/2010 9:50:06 AM PST by discostu (wanted: brick, must be thick and well kept)
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To: Froufrou

We had a Pinto. And the fact that they didn’t charge us to fix THEIR design problem (remember the true problem was the bolt near the tank, not technically the tank itself) does not impress me in the least. They never had the cajones to say “yes, we made bad decisions and a bad car”, it was all “it’s not that bad, it’s not that dangerous”, downplay downplay downplay.

Putting your logo on a car is easy, it’s putting your logo on a mistake that’s hard, and shows real corporate character. Toyota apparently has it, Ford has never stepped up to that plate.


28 posted on 02/05/2010 10:00:01 AM PST by discostu (wanted: brick, must be thick and well kept)
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To: Chi-townChief

Toyota has a long history of keeping defects hid but this time the white wash won’t take hold.


29 posted on 02/05/2010 10:06:40 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Froufrou

I keep them in a jar.
/ bad joke


30 posted on 02/05/2010 10:07:44 AM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: Revolting cat!

31 posted on 02/05/2010 10:15:42 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("like it or not, we have to have a financial system that is healthy and functioning" Obama 2/4/2010)
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To: Clemenza

T.O.Y.O.T.A. =

Tell

Obama

Toyota

Opposes

Threatening

Attacks

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P.S. I love my Tercel that I bought used!!! - after 25 years of buying GM union thug trash.


32 posted on 02/05/2010 10:17:38 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: discostu

Iacocca parlayed his masterful performance with the Pinto into the big time!!


33 posted on 02/05/2010 10:21:28 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Froufrou

I’ve seen the way Korean manufacturers operate first-hand is all.


34 posted on 02/05/2010 10:24:39 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief; maikeru; Dr. Marten; Eric in the Ozarks; Al Gator; snowsislander; sushiman; ...
Japanese customer service: Apologize to the customer for the inconvenience, then fix the problem.

American customer service: Be inconvenienced by the customer, maybe fix the problem, or maybe call your attorneys.

日本*ピング* (kono risuto ni hairitai ka detai wo shirasete kudasai : let me know if you want on or off this list)

35 posted on 02/05/2010 10:29:56 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

There is that angle, too. I smell it from here.


36 posted on 02/05/2010 10:37:58 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (taglines are so, so, 2009 ;-))
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To: discostu

Funny thing about the whole Pinto gas tank story.

I was reading one of the Houston newspapers several years after that happened, and there on page 28D or whatever was this little 2” long story that said that after the NTHSA studied the problem.

They found that the Toyotas, Mazdas, and Datsuns of the day were actually MORE prone to a fire as a result of a rear end collision than the Pinto.

But we have to hatchet the American businesses, in order to not tarnish the Japanese quality myth.


37 posted on 02/05/2010 10:42:26 AM PST by Clay Moore (Roaches, predators, and thieves typically work under the cover of darkness. So it is with congress.)
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To: fishtank

38 posted on 02/05/2010 10:43:41 AM PST by naturalized
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To: DTogo
Good generalization.

But in my years in hundreds upon hundreds of situations, I have personally seen enough of this phenomenon to say your observation does indeed hold water, DT.

So often (many) American and other western apologies get that little "but" tacked on right after the statement of contrition, followed by a self-protective, CYA-ish, rambling whine, which then totally deflates the value of the apology in the first place and in fact, even removes it from the classification of being an "apology" to one of just another whining excuse and "it's not my fault", or like Obama "I take responsibility" which I truly despise the most.

I personally think somebody is going to hang themself over this....

39 posted on 02/05/2010 10:44:06 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (taglines are so, so, 2009 ;-))
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To: Chi-townChief

Least we know where you are coming from now. Thanks for the slip-up. ;-)


40 posted on 02/05/2010 10:46:31 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (taglines are so, so, 2009 ;-))
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To: AmericanInTokyo

No slip-up - when they show a commercial of that hippie getting out of the car back in the 60s morphing into today’s lefty/greenie, you know they’re not looking for our business. Likewise, you would think Misubishi would be wise enough to distance themselves from the 1941 Pearl Harbor “incident.”


41 posted on 02/05/2010 10:50:27 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer); BilLies

It’s called sarcasm.


42 posted on 02/05/2010 10:54:02 AM PST by Ultra Sonic 007 (To view the FR@Alabama ping list, click on my profile!)
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To: Clay Moore

It’s not a hatchet and it’s not a myth. The American companies have a long history of making crappy cars and refusing to fix them. Heck GMs CEO even admitted it in their pre-bailout troubles, if you think there’s a myth there take it up with him.


43 posted on 02/05/2010 10:55:26 AM PST by discostu (wanted: brick, must be thick and well kept)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

It’s called sarcasm.


44 posted on 02/05/2010 11:15:18 AM PST by BilLies
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To: discostu
The chief problem with your prejudice, aside from being wrong, is that Honda and Toyota are more American than GM or Chrysler.

Shares of Honda and Toyota are freely traded on the New York Stock Exchange. American citizens can buy and sell stock in those companies, but not Chrysler or GM.

45 posted on 02/05/2010 11:23:56 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Thank you, and my apologies to you.

I really couldn’t tell. I gave it serious thought, and I still missed.

Again, I am sorry.


46 posted on 02/05/2010 11:24:17 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: discostu

Sorry, #45 wasn’t aimed at you.


47 posted on 02/05/2010 11:24:44 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Agreed. My better half and I always comment on the oft-absent apology here in the US, and even a simple "thank you" at the check-out counter. Really pathetic.

As other FReepers have mentioned, I agree that this reeks of a Rahmbo Deadfish "never let a good crisis go to waste" moment for the Obamulans and their Government Motors union cronies.

Toyota and Japan Inc are about to get a crash course in アリンスキ tactics.

48 posted on 02/05/2010 11:49:22 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: DTogo

Yep. That’s whats coming down allright.


49 posted on 02/06/2010 12:55:29 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Did CNN manage to find & film any odd, lone, unrepresentative whackos at the Tea Party Meet yet?)
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