Monday, October 19, 2009

Is the LA Times Attempting to Destroy Toyota and help GM???

When I was 17 years of age - a newly-licensed driver - I had an incident happen which was terrifying. The motor-mounts on my 1969 Ford Fairlaine broke, suddenly, and the accelerator pedal fell out from underneath my foot.

I was making a left turn at the time, and I was headed towards a corner on which a Gas Station stood.

My car accelerated towards the gas pump, inexplicably (cuz, I had no idea what the hell was going on), as if it was demon-possessed. I jammed on the brakes, but that didn't stop the car, it just turned it into a squealing, screaming demon.

I was about three feet from the gas pump, when I had the presence of mind to put the car in neutral, and it stopped.

Well, what do you know? If a car is out of control, you can put it in neutral, apply the brake, and it will stop.

Who woulda thunk it?

Not the LA Times, who is, apparently, attempting to destroy the Toyota Motor Corporation. (By the way, I own no stock in the Toyota Motor Corporation, but I do have a brother-in-law who is employed on the Engineering team in Southern California.)

Might the Los Angeles Times have been paid off or steered by Democrats to write this article about Toyota?

I believe it's possible that either by General Motors, Chrysler, or someone else affiliated with the current Administration (because, let's face it, GM and Chyrsler are part of the current Administration) might have promoted the big treatment of this story.


What do you think? Check this out.

A fatal accident in San Diego raises the question: Might a vehicle's complex electronic features make it hard for drivers to react quickly when accelerating out of control?

The 2009 Lexus ES 350 shot through suburban San Diego like a runaway missile, weaving at 120 miles an hour through rush hour freeway traffic as flames flashed from under the car.

At the wheel, veteran California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Saylor desperately tried to control the 272-horsepower engine that was roaring at full throttle as his wife, teenage daughter and brother-in-law were gripped by fear.

We’re in trouble. . . . There’s no brakes," Saylor's brother-in-law Chris Lastrella told a police dispatcher over a cellphone. Moments later, frantic shrieks filled the car as it slammed into another vehicle and then careened into a dirt embankment, killing all four aboard.

The tragedy Aug. 28 was at least the fifth fatal crash in the U.S. over the last two years involving runaway Toyota and Lexus vehicles made by Toyota Motor Corp. It is also among hundreds of incidents of sudden acceleration involving the company's vehicles that have been reported to Toyota or the federal government, according to an examination of public records by The Times.

Toyota has blamed the incidents -- apart from those caused by driver error -- on its floor mats, asserting that if they are improperly installed they can jam open the accelerator pedal. A month after the Saylor crash, Toyota issued its biggest recall in company history, affecting 3.8 million vehicles in model years as far back as 2004. But auto safety experts believe there may be a bigger problem with Toyota vehicles than simply the floor mats.

The Saylor crash and others like it across the country, they say, point to a troubling possibility: that Toyota's ignition, transmission and braking systems may make it difficult for drivers to combat sudden or unintended accelerations and safely recover, regardless of their cause.

Toyota is not the only car company to be hit with reports of sudden acceleration, but the San Diego fatality, the massive recall that came in its wake and Toyota's position as the world's largest automaker have focused intense scrutiny on the company by federal safety regulators and others.

"This is Toyota's Firestone," said Sean Kane, president of Safety Research & Strategies, a Rehoboth, Mass., auto safety consulting firm. He was referring to the public relations disaster that hit Bridgestone/Firestone almost 10 years ago over defective tires that caused a series of fatal accidents.

"Right now," Kane said, "when you say sudden acceleration, Toyota is it."

In addition to Saylor and Lastrella, the San Diego crash killed Saylor's wife, Cleofe Lastrella, and their only child, 13-year-old daughter Mahala.

Signaling how seriously the company takes the incident, Toyota President Akio Toyoda made an apology this month while meeting with the Japanese news media.

"Customers bought our cars because they thought they were the safest," he said. "But now we have given them cause for grave concern. I can't begin to express my remorse."

One remedy being considered by Toyota implicitly acknowledges what critics have been saying for almost 10 years: that the company's highly computerized engine control system lacks a fail-safe mechanism that can quickly extinguish sudden acceleration events, whether they are caused by floor mats, driver errors or even unknown defects in the electronic control system, as alleged in some lawsuits.

Reports of sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles has resulted in nine federal inquiries and investigations since 2000, two of which determined that there were improperly positioned floor mats. Another found a loose part in Sienna minivans, and yet another probe remains open. The rest were dismissed with no findings of equipment problems.
I will celebrate the day the LA Times goes out of business.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I think your right on, and its too bad the majority of the sheeple can't see what's going on. This same Toyota is why words like fit & finish are even part of the American car industries new vocabulary!