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The Blame Game

February 27, 2010

Normally I am not a conspiracy theory type.  After all I do believe we walked on the moon, although I don’t think Kennedy was shot by one man, and as for Cheney orchestrating 9/11, maybe.  But if you have been watching the attack on Toyota by the government, you almost have to believe it is a conspiracy to ruin Toyota so GM and Ford will increase their business.

Watching the hearings by Congress was painful for two reasons. One, the lack of courtesy to the president of Toyota, Akio Toyoda, was an embarrassment, and two, the hearings showed the incompetence of our legislators.  Now the SEC is supposedly looking into the companies Toyota deals with regarding antitrust bs.

It is funny how short people’s memories are.  It wasn’t all that long ago that Ford had its share of problems with recalls for SUV rollovers.  And have we forgotten the Pinto gas tank explosions? (Thanks sis for reminding me!)  “In an accident that occurred on August 10, 1978, a 1973 Ford Pinto was hit from behind near Goshen, Indiana.  The gas tank caught fire, and Judy Ulrich, age 18, her sister Lynn Ulrich, age 16, and their cousin Donna Ulrich, 18, died of burns received in the fire. On September 13, 1978, Ford was indicted and charged with criminal negligence.”  And ironically as the government is accusing Toyota of concealing information and not responding quickly to the gas pedal issue, we forget that Ford engineers new from the beginning that the Pinto had a potential problem.  “Ford engineers knew that the Pinto’s gas tank design was susceptible to explosions from rear-end collisions, mainly from previous experience with the Capri.”

It is bad enough that the government is badgering a company that has set the bar for quality and performance in an industry that had become complacent in its manufacturing processes, but GM has taken it one step even lower.  The Pontiac Vibe has a recall due to the same gas pedal issue as the Toyota Corolla. But instead of owning up to their part, GM is sending out a recall notice that states, “The Ponitac Vibe was manufactured by New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. NUMMI), a joint venture between Toyota and GM.  Toyota has decided that two safety defects that relate to motor vehicle safety exist in all 2009 model year Pontiac Vibe vehicles.  As a result, GM is conducting two safety recalls on your vehicle. We apologize for this inconvenience.”  WTF-Gm is blaming Toyota for a fault in a GM vehicle, so much for the joint venture part!!

Fortunately, the general public is smarter than the government and the wizards at GM and Ford.  When asked “will you trust the Toyota brand in the future?”  Responses like, “yeah of course”, “I would trust them again”, “yes- no company is without mistakes”, ” we are buying a Prius”,  are heard loud and clear.

Has all this hurt Toyota sales, sure. Has it made people question Toyota’s reliability, sure.  Will they rebound and come out even better?  In the words of our national symbol of incompetence- “you betcha!”

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 28, 2010 2:29 pm

    Congress has a conflict of interest and, now that it owns tow auto companies, wants to discredit is competition. — http://econometrician.wordpress.com/2010/02/28/congress-cant-get-out-of-its-own-way/

  2. Betty permalink
    March 5, 2010 1:52 pm

    Glad I could be of assistance. That is what sisters are for.

    I agree, the public is a lot smarter that what the auto companies and congress give us credit for.

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