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US Gov. Unfairly Attacks Toyota

Apr 19, 2010 … Toyota agreed to pay a fine of nearly $16.4 million to settle a complaint that it failed to tell regulators of potentially dangerous defects…the defects included, but were not limited to, the gas pedal problems that have killed about 35 people, the skidding out of control problems and a myriad of other safety issues. A paltry 9,000,000 plus unsafe vehicles.

Apparently some do-gooders at the US Department of Transportation seemed to think that Toyota should be producing safe vehicles. What an absolutely, unconscionably, absurd assumption! Toyota is in the business of making profit and this fine as cutting a huge swath through the latest crop of profit they are now growing or, should I say, attempting to grow. They make $18-$25 million a day in profit. That is their business. And now they have to cough up $16.4 million of that hard-earned profit. Almost 1 day’s worth!

Failure? I think not...just a glitch.

Toyota’s crime? Lowering quality and safety standards to increase profit. Profit is their business and Uncle Sam (or should I say, Big Brother?) is robbing them of their due. What gives? It’s a travesty, a miscarriage of justice, proof that federal regulators are running amuck.

I am shaking with rage, choking with rage, purple with rage (actually, to be more accurate, pinkish-bluish-purpleish purple with rage). I am sitting down to write my congressman even as we speak.

Are you with me?

PS Larry Reynolds was fined one day’s effort for stepping one foot into the street…Toyota was fined almost one day’s profit for trying to make a profit. Fair? I think not!


  1. Rand Swift wrote:

    This is beginning to disturb me. I find myself agreeing. What’s happening to me?

    Is God telling me to love all men (and girls too) equally…without respect to corporations?

    Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Permalink
  2. Dan Brown wrote:

    The only problem is that the case against Toyota is completely bogus.

    Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 12:42 am | Permalink
  3. kloyd wrote:

    Thanks for your opinion, Dan.

    Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 1:34 am | Permalink

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