Floor mats, accelerator, brakes … and now power steering? I must ask again: What is going on with Toyota R&D, and quality assurance? Can Toyota possibly convince the public that none of these issues were noticed before shipping millions of cars to hundreds of dealers?
From a different perspective, perhaps Toyota isn’t to blame. It could all be part of a massive, government-led conspiracy to pump the economic flow back into the American auto industry. (Now we’re talkin’. This could be so much more interesting.) You know, the same people who plotted the Kennedy assassination, and the real masterminds behind the terrorist attacks of 9/11? OK. Fine. Maybe Toyota autos currently suck eggs beyond the engine compartment, and it has taken us a few years to notice. Let’s be honest, with a 10 year/100,000 mile warranty, Hyundai is the most reliable car on the market.
Digressing, let’s add the Corolla to the list of problems for the Japanese automaker. The Corolla is Toyota’s most popular model, and the best selling car in the world. At present, there are rampant complaints from the American market about a power steering problem. In response to the complaints, Toyota is “probing” the issue. While Toyota probes the issue, a few United States government agencies want to probe Toyota. And if there’s anything we American citizens know about our government officials, they want their hands in everything these days!
Regardless of being pressured to attend a U.S. Congressional hearing on Toyota’s corporate farts and quality lapses, the president of the Japanese automaker, Akio Toyoda (yes, with a D), will stay at the Japanese headquarters. The tongue-lashing, lecture and questions will fall on the ears of the overpaid American executives.
While it looks about as bad as it can get for Toyota, the recent recalls may only be the tip of the iceberg. “Oh, what a feeling…” or “Oh! What a tangled web we weave”?
(Image via: Toyota)