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Re: Will Toyota encounter a press created Audi 5000 type fiasco?

Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:31 pm
by brian
Feb 15, 2010: Are the new complaints about deaths in Toyota vehicles actually related to a mechanical defect? Or a result of the press and lawyer and LaHood/NHTSA created hysteria? Only time will tell.
On acceleration issues, the government has received complaints during the past three weeks alleging 13 deaths. The deaths allegedly tied to this problem happened in nine crashes between 2005 and 2010.
On Prius brake issues, when NHTSA opened its investigation of Prius on Feb. 3, the government had received 124 consumer complaints. Through Feb. 11, the government has now received nearly 1,000 new complaints for a total of 1,120 complaints alleging 34 crashes, six injuries and no deaths.
Only through thorough investigations of the complaints and associated accidents will we know if the rash of complaints is legitimate or pile on mentality.
The pile on mentality is that if you're in a crash in a Toyota, blame it on a defect du jour!
See Associated press story Gov't: 34 deaths alleged in Toyotas since 2000

Re: Will Toyota encounter a press created Audi 5000 type fiasco?

Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:06 am
by MSI
Mar 9, 2010: Yes indeed! fiasco in full swing! Be sure to also see the thread Toyota Disputes critic Gilbert who blamed electronics for a detailed presentation on the parlor trick used by Gilbert in the shamefull ABC News 'parlor trick' demonstration.
Such irresponsible news reporting is in keeping in line with other legendary parlor tricks presented as facts: Shame on these news organizations!

Re: Will Toyota encounter a press created Audi 5000 type fiasco?

Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:31 pm
by MSI
May 11, 2010: Good essay by Drew Winter on http://www.Wardsauto.com sums things up quite nicely: Truth Takes Backseat in Automotive Safety Coverage