GM vs. Toyota disparity: Our gangster government

GM vs. Toyota disparity: Our gangster government

toyota buildingIn February, I wrote about the Obama administration imposing a $1.2 billion fine on Toyota for a pseudo-scandal involving the alleged “sudden acceleration” of the company’s vehicles — a media-abetted debacle that began in San Diego because a floor mat that was the wrong size led to a terrible fatal accident. Incredibly, the Justice Department did so after the National Highway Transit Safety Administration concluded there was no widespread mechanical problem with Toyotas at all.

“Many drivers may have confused the gas and brake pedals a problem that may account for ‘the vast majority’ of the unintended acceleration incidents the agency investigated, NHTSA deputy administrator Ron Medford said at Tuesday’s NHTSA press briefing.

“‘What mostly happened was pedal misapplication where the driver stepped on the gas instead of the brake or in addition to the brake,’ Medford said.”

What quickly pointed to the likelihood that there was no real scandal? As I’ve noted before, here are the ages of the drivers involved in the incidents that led to major media coverage: 60, 61, 63, 68, 71, 72, 72, 77, 79, 83, 85, 89.

How odd — Toyotas are prejudiced against older drivers!

Toyota hit for fake scandal — GM slides for real one

GM.flagsSo what happens with a real, genuine, huge safety problem at another of the world’s giant automakers? The Federalist’s Sean Davis does a fine job of connecting the dots:

“GM just recalled another 2.4 million vehicles this week, bringing the total number of recalled GM vehicles this year to a record 13.6 million. …

“The recalls aren’t over ticky-tack problems like a sticky chair recliner button or a window that doesn’t always roll down. Many of the malfunctions are deadly serious. In over 1,400 recalled 2015 Cadillac Escalades, poor welding resulted in a passenger side air bag that might not fully deploy in the event of a crash. Then there’s the infamous faulty ignition switch, which led to the recall of 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts. That faulty part has now been linked by GM to 13 deaths.”

Now here’s the twist that you probably have seen coming. This happened almost entirely while the U.S. government was the majority shareholder in GM as a consequence of the Bush 43-Obama bailout. More from Sean Davis:

“GM knew about serious problems with the ignition switch for years, going back to at least 2007. At that time, GM had hard data from multiple crashes showing that some of its ignition switches had failed to function properly. The U.S. government officially bailed out the automaker in December of 2008. Throughout the five-year period of U.S. government ownership, nothing was done to address the deadly switch. According to one timeline of events, GM’s new CEO, Mary Barra, claims she did not even learn of the problem until December of 2013, which just so happens to be when the federal government sold its final shares of GM stock (at a loss of $10 billion, naturally).

“Even though the company had data demonstrating a faulty ignition switch for years, it didn’t initiate a full investigation or recall until February of 2014, two months after the government sold its stake in the company. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) didn’t initiate a full investigation of the issue until later that month, even though the U.S. government had owned the company for 5 years. …

Rest of the world will recognize U.S. corruption

American Thinker writer Thomas Lifson nails the context:

“The timing of claimed knowledge of the problems is so suspicious that a full scale criminal probe by the SEC is warranted. That would be the case if any private shareholder had sold shares under similar circumstances.

“Law professor and Instapundit blogger Glenn Reynolds sarcastically remarks, “I’m sure the SEC will be right on this.”

“But even if the SEC doesn’t take action, buyers of GM shares have a case to make in civil court, if they take a loss on the GM shares. In such cases, the doctrine that a CEO ‘should have known’ the damaging information applies.

“I can assure you that executives at Toyota and other foreign automobile manufacturers are noticing that Toyota was fined a record $1.2 billion for failing to disclose safety-related complaints relating to sudden acceleration, while GM was fined a paltry $35 million for filing to disclose safety-related complaints for ignition switch problems involving 2 million vehicles and fatalities. This looks a lot like a national government putting its thumb on the butcher’s scale to favor its own producers.”

I have more faith in historians than journalists. I bet that in 20 years the Obama administration is seen as a cesspool.

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  1. Leotis Ahmad Jones
    Leotis Ahmad Jones 26 May, 2014, 18:04

    Obama likzd gm unions more than Toyota wrkrzz. Dude a fascist wit a jump shotz.

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  2. Leotis Ahmad Jones
    Leotis Ahmad Jones 26 May, 2014, 18:05

    Wherd my soz?

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  3. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 26 May, 2014, 20:03

    English MFer, do you speak it 😉

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 27 May, 2014, 08:09

    Poodle Leotis is Shakespeare fool….back off!

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  5. Parris Boyd
    Parris Boyd 27 May, 2014, 18:37

    Two crooked, murderous corporations, aided and abetted by NHTSA, while the “Just Us” Department makes sure nobody goes to prison. As a preview of similar things to come with GM, acknowledged crook Toyota is now being allowed to ignore compelling evidence of electronic defects in its throttle control. Read “Toyota’s killer firmware: Bad design and its consequences.” Embedded systems expert Michael Barr found the following defects in Toyota’s electronic throttle control:

    * Toyota’s electronic throttle control system (ETCS) source code is of unreasonable quality.
    * Toyota’s source code is defective and contains bugs, including bugs that can cause unintended acceleration (UA)
    * Code-quality metrics predict presence of additional bugs.
    * Toyota’s fail safes are defective and inadequate (referring to them as a ‘house of cards’ safety architecture).
    * Misbehaviours of Toyota’s ETCS are a cause of UA

    I’ve been blogging about the electronics issue and this corporate-controlled government’s efforts to protect GM and Toyota. Search “Beware of Toyota. Their next victim may be YOU…”

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  6. Charlene Blake
    Charlene Blake 27 May, 2014, 19:33

    Sloppily-designed Toyota electronic throttle system software (see Michael Barr’s findings) equals RUNAWAY—a.k.a. sudden unintended acceleration—-Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

    Worse? The electronic fail-safe—a.k.a. the way to stop the runaway—is also rendered ineffective at the time of the SUA glitch (Michael Barr, embedded software expert).

    Translation? Your runaway Toyota or Lexus is not going to stop until something stops it!

    Even worse? Your Toyota or Lexus EDR—a.k.a black box—is going to record inconsistent, unreliable data (see Dr. Antony Anderson’s findings).

    Problem? You will be CHARGED for any deaths or injuries to others as a result of an accident your runaway vehicle causes.

    More of a problem? You may go to JAIL or prison if the EDR erroneously shows that you are not braking—which it has for others more often than not. Essentially, you will be deemed not telling the truth or confused in media coverage because Toyota will say its EDR is accurate—even though it admitted this data was unreliable previously.

    Even a bigger problem? If there is any chance a detail comes out that supports the driver, the media will take sides with the automaker and support your character assassination publicly. Are you on prescription meds or any medications? Are you an older citizen? Are you a woman and older? Bingo! Elderly pedal misapplication, according to media and Toyota.

    Don’t worry…all your skeletons will be dug up as Toyota goes full steam ahead to escape blame for faulty electronics! Just keep track of all these mysterious vehicles-into-homes and storefront crashes and read the headlines. Read the PR propaganda supporting driver error.

    Toyota’s $$ goes far and wide…even to the heart of the very agency commissioned to protect your SAFETY! The DOJ and NHTSA are still looking the other way—a.k.a. protecting corporate interests. They do not want to open up the ELECTRONIC sudden unintended acceleration issue as then there will be a public cover-up scandal which rivals the best—or worst—of them.

    All the above doesn’t factor in the so far little-known in the U.S. whistleblower, Betsy Benjaminson. She’s has copies of hundreds of internal Toyota documents. Many of these show clear evidence of concern over an electronic throttle system problem—a.k.a. “ghost in the engine”—and the lack of fix for it. Betsy has a blog where she has posted some of the evidence. She’s been the feature of several articles and a podcast interview outside the U.S. Google her name to find.

    Toyota, the media, and the government seem to be handling each new suspicious runaway vehicle accident—a.k.a. driver states pressing brake when the vehicle takes off, becomes airborne, has a mind of its own, etc.—on a case-by-case basis. Apparently, there is the hope that each case will blow over with little public attention. There is hope, too, that the public buys into the PR machine working overtime with law enforcement and media to BLAME the vehicle driver. SUA victim = SCAPEGOAT.

    As far as Toyota is concerned, it is DONE with the topic of sudden unintended acceleration. Period. It got the free pass with a huge U.S. Government fine—a.k.a. permission not to face the music regarding ELECTRONIC SUA. Floor mats, pedals, driver error…done DEAL.

    Toyota’s well-orchestrated smoke screen continues aided and abetted by our very own safety regulatory agency. Can’t beat that! The sky’s the limit now…think of all the untoward consequences for Toyota owners, not to mention the driving public.

    Toyota is #1 in numbers of sudden unintended acceleration events. BUT…it is not alone! This is an industry-wide phenomenon and not one automaker wants the public knowledgeable about ELECTRONIC sudden unintended acceleration.

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  7. Leotis Ahmad Jones
    Leotis Ahmad Jones 27 May, 2014, 20:03

    Eboniks MF’er, youd evr see what pit bull do a poodle, pood look like pig on skre whent my Pitt needz relefs,,,,sewee pig, MF’er.

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  8. Max
    Max 14 August, 2014, 02:54

    If it was bad bad firmware then it’s still happen hundreds of times a month. Cause one third of cars are never taken back when recalled. They ask people the other day about their ignition problem GMs and the answer was, What? Never heard of it, I don’t watch the news. No more runaway Toyota cause it never happened to start with. Oh sure some old people and flakes hit the gas and saw the news. Hey that HAPPENED to me! Along with some looking to sue. Run the same story Nissan Rouge or Ford Escapes and people will jump out of the woodwork claiming this happened to them. Nothing but driver errors and shakedowns aside from the Lexus someone place a giant all weather floor mat in on top of a regular one. Hey, if you put some phone books and empty cola bottles down there it’ll cause problems too. It was the dealer that made the mistake. Lexus didn’t ship the car with two floor mats.

    Another dumb component to this was the owners that sued due to loss of resale value. Were they going to write a check to Toyota if it retained great than expected resale. And you wonder what loss of resale? Everyone still wanted a Toyota. You never see anyone selling one here cause someone or several they know already called dibs.

    They got a shakedown by their customers before the government. You read reviews of Toyotas, Mazdas or Hondas(probably others as well) and it’s apparent one out of five people aren’t very bright. Complaints of only 31MPH instead of 35 and people saying they are hugely disappointed. They never read the fine print or any automotive journalism. One old guy complained his Camry was getting 12MPG and running at over 5000RPMs at town speeds. Perhaps take it out of first or second gear? Took me less than one second to figure that out in a Camry Rental. I accidentally put it in a low gear and that was the first time I ever drove a car with that kind of +/- gear pattern.

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