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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Target Toyota

I drive a Tacoma. I've never had an issue with it. My last one was totaled by Toyota because of frame rot. I was really, really, really pissed off about that event despite the settlement that Toyota gave me.

But the current major stockholder of GM is coming down hard on Toyota; conflict of interest? Here's some perspective.
As those cases come to light, it is necessary for carmakers to take action, and it is natural for consumers to be concerned. But the intensity of the backlash against Toyota is almost unprecedented. Here's what is being missed in most of the coverage of the issue: All cars are inherently dangerous. They propel their fragile human cargo at high speeds over unpredictable terrain. They combine thousands of parts that need to interact flawlessly—in environments ranging from Death Valley heat to Fairbanks cold—in order to maintain safe operation. Their radiators contain scalding fluids; their batteries are full of toxic acid; and their gas tanks hold explosive power equivalent to more than 100 sticks of TNT. And, by all accounts, Americans drive those cars faster than ever, on increasingly congested roadways. 

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