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Not to be a conspiracy theorist, but . . . .


Maybe it’s just the screwed up way I look at things and see connections that aren’t really there.  I’m curious to hear other folks thoughts on this, more for my own sanity than to blow the doors open at the Watergate hotel.  For the last 25 years, it’s pretty much become accepted by Americans — and the world — that Japan manufactures the most dependable automobiles.  Open any issue of Consumer Reports where they rate cars, and Toyota, Honda, and Subaru are always at the top of their “recommended” lists.  The coveted J.D. Power Institute has bestowed virtually all of their awards of late on car companies from the land of the rising sun.  Even the Obama Administration was forced to admit that last year’s “Cash for Clunkers” program benefitted Japanese car makers more so than it did American.  To keep from beating a dead horse, they’re good, and we like them.  On to my point.

     Everybody knows that General Motors is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the U.S. government after last year’s multi-billion dollar bailout.  Bury that thought for a moment.

     At the end of last year, with everything else going on with Christmas at home, and health care in the news, I must confess that I almost didn’t pay attention to the news of Toyota announcing a recall on almost their whole fleet for floor mats getting stuck under gas pedals.  If my mother didn’t drive a Camry, I probably wouldn’t have given it a second thought.  Then, last month, that gets compounded with a recall for sticky gas pedals on, again, basically their entire fleet of cars.  Last week, the signature vehicle of the green movement, the Prius, gets yet another recall, for computer problems with it’s braking systems.  In all of the instances above, complaints had been reported up to two or three years ago, but not gotten anywhere.  It’s hard to try to determine exactly how many incidents were reported, but by my calculations, it must’ve been small enough to escape the radar of all of the magazines and institutes to never mention them in their ratings or recommendations.  This morning, lo and behold, Honda is expanding a recall from 15 months ago to include 437,000 of their cars, for problems with their airbags.  Again, no mention of how many instances or incidents occured to warrant the recalls, but the NHTSA does admit that the investigations have been on-going for many years in all of the instances.

     So, why the emphasis now?  Again, I admitted in my first line above that very often I see connections in events both current and historical, that don’t necessarily exist.  But, when you know that the same folks who work at the NHTSA take their marching orders from the same folks that the folks who work at General Motors do, you have to cock your head to the side when you look at it and think, “I wonder if someone with something to gain might have made a phone call or sent an e-mail to someone else.”  Is it just me?

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4 Responses to “Not to be a conspiracy theorist, but . . . .”
  1. Iris Iris says:

    I don’t think it’s even that ‘hidden’ – I heard/read several articles in the last few days saying that most recalls never get mentioned. And that when it’s politically convenient to do so they do get mentioned. And that given ‘government motors’ – it’s quite politically convenient to publicize the recalls at this time. Check out realclearpolitics.com over the last few days and you’ll find some of the commentary.

  2. Andrew33 Andrew33 says:

    I was about to suggest this exact subject on my blog. Never have so many vehicles by one make been recalled for so few incidents. Also, the gas pedals that were the problem were American made, by a union company. Toyota led the charge against forced unionization of the “Southern” auto plants. Also, there have been just as many recalls with GMs and Chryslers as of late and nothing gets said about them on the news. My family has an 08 Prius and it has been a flawless vehicle and was not recalled only because it had the japanese gas pedal. Hmm…Meanwhile, Chryslers are basically garbage (according to consumer reports) and GMs aren’t much better. Toyotas still score the highest, along with Honda and Fords not far behind.

    • Andrew33 Andrew33 says:

      Our Prius did have a squishy brake pedal when we got it. That is how they use them in Japan. It took the dealership 5 minutes to adjust the pedal pressure system and it has been great ever since.

  3. MarkorLori Lori says:

    My mom’s toyota back in the early 80’s had a gas pedal that would get caught on the floor mat too… But back then we had common sense. We’d just pull the mat away from the pedal before driving anywhere. Duh!

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