• dave Posted: 2/4/2010 3:25am PST

    "U.S. Department of Transportation officials reportedly flew to Japan ..."??? This isn't exactly how the Big Three CEOs were treated. They were 'requested' to get to DC, and got grief for getting there efficiently.

  • Riley Posted: 2/4/2010 2:48am PST

    Actually, if commenters had been actually, you know, FOLLOWING this story (as covered on this site and many other places), the DoT has been leaning on Toyota for months to step up and do the right thing.
    Perhaps surprisingly (or perhaps not) for a company that claims to focus obsessively on the customer, Toyota dragged its heels. This is the culmination, or at least for today, of a long history of the government trying to get a profit-focused company to focus on a safety issue.
    I have no sympathy at all for Toyota. But they're hardly the only one. Talked to anyone who had their Honda Element windshield crack? Honda's response was: "Well, you must have driven it over a gravel road, these things happen, warranty doesn't apply."
    Just today there's some kind of Chevy Cobalt fire issue. CARS ARE NOT PERFECT, AND NEVER WILL BE. There's gotta be a happy medium, somewhere.
    First thing we do ...

  • Samantha Rogers Posted: 2/3/2010 6:43pm PST

    LaHood’s advice may have been a practical or an obvious one because it is really dangerous to drive a vehicle that has possible accelerator pedal problems. Although no one was reported to have been hurt due to this problem, users should still be careful because they might be the first ones to die or sustain an injury if an accident happens because of it.

  • Limousine Liberal Posted: 2/3/2010 2:04pm PST

    in general, when i see folks say "question authority" i think they are many times saying this with an eye towards police power, military activities, etc. i think the amature hour that has been the government when it comes to addressing more "social/health" issues over the past few years underscores the need to make sure the "question authority" mantra is applied equally across both more police/privacy issues AND social/welfare issues. large bureaucracies that are by definition slow, often political and sometimes ineffective. today's back and forth about whether to park your toyota and walk or not highlights the inherent issues with large/plodding/political institutions.

  • greedo Posted: 2/3/2010 1:09pm PST

    @BHO: How is the U.S. government in competition with Toyota?
    As for the advisory, I'd recommend not driving any Toyota, for fear of falling asleep at the wheel due to boredom. Unintended acceleration might be the only way to make it fun.

  • Edward Posted: 2/3/2010 1:04pm PST

    This is starting to sound like a soap opera.

  • JavaJunkie Posted: 2/3/2010 12:52pm PST

    OK-I always wait until the government tells me what to do.

  • BHO Posted: 2/3/2010 12:49pm PST

    Ray Lahood is like the analyst for an investment bank with a large stake in a company. Of course he is going to bash the competition.