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Is US bullying Toyota on recall?

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Is US bullying Toyota on recall?

CHICAGO: The US transportation chief's public rebukes of Toyota's handling of a massive safety recall have raised eyebrows, given the US

"The optics are terrible because -- and this is what happens when a government owns a company - the two companies that are going to gain the most out of this are General Motors and Chrysler," said Peter Morici, a professor at the University of Maryland's business school.

"But their behavior is consistent with the general policy of the US government, whether it's dealing with coffeemakers or cars."

Safety officials understand that product design mistakes are inevitable and will work to help companies correct the problem and alert consumers. But they will not tolerate a slow or weak response, Morici told AFP.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sat down with reporters Wednesday to lay out a timeline of how US officials had "pushed Toyota to take corrective actions" on its pedal problems since 2007.

The meeting came a day after he issued a statement accusing the Japanese automaker of dragging its feet on recalling vehicles in danger of sudden, unintended acceleration due to pedals which could get trapped under floor mats or become "sticky."

He also caused a brief panic when he told a congressional panel that owners of 5.3 million Toyota vehicles affected by the recalls should "stop driving" them.

LaHood later sought to tone down his remarks, telling reporters: "What I meant to say and what I thought I said was if you own one of these cars or if you're in doubt, take it to the dealer and they're going to fix it."

But he insisted that safety officials "will continue to hold Toyota's feet to the fire to make sure that they are doing everything they have promised to make their vehicles safe."

Legislators meanwhile signaled that they would expand their probe, demanding answers on why Toyota's Tacoma trucks -- which have a different pedal assembly than the 5.3 million vehicles recalled -- were also experiencing problems with sudden, unintended acceleration.

Toyota's top US official, Yoshimi Inaba, is set to testify at a congressional hearing Wednesday.

LaHood's strong initial comments could cause some "hysteria, but to some extent, we are such a litigious society, he has no choice but to say that because of the lawsuits that are lined up," said Rebecca Lindland, an analyst with IHS Global Insight.

"If one more person is killed, they can say that the government didn't act; Toyota did not act."

Weston Konishi, an expert on Japan at the Mansfield Foundation think-tank, said he doubted either Washington or Tokyo wanted the Toyota flap to escalate.

"Toyota is now a real stakeholder in the US economy -- think of its auto plants and jobs -- so trying to score points against it would be somewhat self-defeating," he added.

Konishi said he could only see Toyota becoming the governments' business if the company cut off contracts with US manufacturers due to lack of confidence in quality control after the problems with the US-made pedals.

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"The optics are terrible because -- and this is what happens when a government owns a company - the two companies that are going to gain the most out of this are General Motors and Chrysler," said Peter Morici, a professor at the University of Maryland's business school.

Deep in the dense woods there has to be at least one unknown apologist still living in an unintended acceleration free world blaming US government for buying into GM and Chrysler and making molehill out of mountain of Toyota's problem.

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Weston Konishi, an expert on Japan at the Mansfield Foundation think-tank, said he doubted either Washington or Tokyo wanted the Toyota flap to escalate.

Huh?! It isn't the government forcing Toyota to rectify its problems that would cause uneasy relations in the future. It always has been Toyota's problems that will cause Toyota's problems.

"Toyota is now a real stakeholder in the US economy -- think of its auto plants and jobs -- so trying to score points against it would be somewhat self-defeating," he added.

Try saying this in person to the families whom have lost loved ones because of the ass-dragging Toyota has done to correct this measure. It's a sure bet there would be a loose or missing tooth afterward since these families couldn't give a $#|+ about what Toyota means to the nation or its politicians.

Konishi said he could only see Toyota becoming the governments' business if the company cut off contracts with US manufacturers due to lack of confidence in quality control after the problems with the US-made pedals.

Oh, but how quickly we forget that Toyota approved their specified design of the "US-made pedals", praising the supplier for numerous measures in quality and delivery time. It wouldn't matter that the pedals were made in the US that the government would only have that to go against Toyota. The auto company accepts the responsibility for their entire vehicle, especially after waiting over two years to publicly recognize the problem. Did this joker also forget that a government regulating body, after setting this problem aside for some time, was eventually pushing Toyota to deal with it after nothing was being done? How long should they have waited to apply more pressure? By his rationale, the government should have waited until Toyota's market share was 20% and their stock was over $75.

ASS-HAT!

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What a load of garbage.

The government is no longer giving Toyota a free pass to cover up its problems, and catching Toyota in the middle of lies. They're forcing Toyota to fix Toyota's own safety problems.

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