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Geez, Post Recall Problems Plauge Toyota

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On: Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 12:49PM | By: John Welch

Geez, Post Recall Problems Plauge Toyota

Toyota, Toyota, Toyota, if it's not fixed, please don't give it back to us! Otherwise, the negative press might ensure that Ford overtakes you as the most popular car maker in America by the end of 2010. Count on it, Toyota; we may not be very bright, but we will rise against anything foreign that might be killing us. Remember Chinese lead? MMMmmm-hmmm, we do . . .

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has had it up to here with 'ole Toyota. U.S. regulators are investigating 10 recent cases in which owners of recalled Toyota vehicles say they brought their cars in for repair and yet still experienced unintended acceleration. NHTSA is not pleased. They have begun contacting consumers about these complaints “to make sure Toyota is doing everything possible to make its vehicles safe,” agency chief David Strickland said in an e-mailed statement on Wednesday.

Which, of course, means there is going to be a rash of copy-cat accidents as people blame all of their moronic driving on "Phantom Pedal Mashing". I hope Toyota understands how far and deep this problem is going to go. By covering up small issues with your cars you have opened yourself to the full ire of America's overly-litigious society. We will use any excuse to shield ourselves from blame. Soccer Moms nationwide will be running down their toddlers while doing make-up, and then blaming it on their Sequoia's gas pedal. This, my friends, is why the term "Cluster-eff" was invented . . .

“We are confident that Toyota vehicles are safe, and we're doing everything we can to ensure that our customers are satisfied with the repairs we are making,” Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons said in an e-mail. A recurrence of unintended acceleration, even after sticky gas pedals and obtrusive floor mats have been addressed by dealers, would suggest there may be other causes of the loss of speed control in Toyota vehicles.

In one case, the owner of a 2008 Toyota Avalon reported Feb. 25 that a few days after a recall, the driver had the car in reverse and was slowly backing out of a residential carport when it accelerated on its own, the Safety Research report said.

“The car did about three loops around the garage area of the home, causing damage to the car, benches, tree, bushes, lamp post, etc.” the report said. Yikes!! Couldn't have been the eldrly Avalon driver's fault perhaps? Haw, sorry, Toyota; you made this bed, now you're going to wallow in it!

The owner of a 2010 Camry reported that within a week of its Feb. 12 acceleration fix, the car sped up as the driver was entering a parking space.

“I was pressing the brake,” the complainant said, according to Safety Research. “I jammed both feet into the brake. After three seconds, as my car was climbing up a snow bank, it stopped.”

The complainant added: “The fix done by Toyota is not the fix for the acceleration problem.”

Said Toyota's Lyons: “We have rigorously tested the solutions that Toyota engineers have developed, and are aggressively investigating any complaints.” That doesn't stop stupid, spoiled Americans from using you as a lawsuit dartboard. Toyota is going to be dealing with these repercussions for decades . . .

And now: Toyotas crashing . . .

This one has some naughty language, NSFW . . .


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