Monday, March 8, 2010
recalls and the media.
ive not really chimed in on the whole toyota recall issue. but i want everyone to be clear on how i feel about this whole situation. there has been so much in the news, blogs, and internet, about the whole debacle. i support toyota 100 percent. they have been a part of my family and will always be. the issues should have been handled differently and much better. perhaps this would have been shed in a different light. but then again, the media does have the uncanny effect of blowing things way out of proportion. ive known this for some time now, so i take all stories with a grain of salt. while i do not believe that floor mats or what have you caused these accidents, i do believe something is wrong. lets keep that straight, but not in such staggering numbers as everything has made it out to be. Akio Toyoda himself has taken responsibility on himself, and that to me, is a huge gesture on his part. and the fact that he has gone to washington, in front of congress and the NHTSA. so there have been various reports and stories on this whole case. right now, i would like to offer my condolences to families that have lost lives. but we should take from this tragedy, to teach drivers, not just to drive, but to also know how to react in these situations. drivers should have known what to do in these cases. people panicked and lost focus on what to do. not one of the toyotas/lexus in question had a strange automatic lever. all of them could have easily been placed in neutral and situations averted. but this is all hearsay really, since i was not present in any of those accidents.
the story that bothers me most is of CHP office Mark Saylor, i have no idea what the situation was but it apparently was due to unintended acceleration. i believe that officers should be taught on what to do in similar situations, yet his life and family members lives were lost. was something else terribly wrong?
so below ive place a few stories from autoblog and other sources.
this first link, is typical of a "news" source putting together a report on a widespread recall. much like the audi 5000 and GM side gas tank recall of the 80s and 90s, all of it is exagerrated to instill fear, and not really educate people.
story that shouldnt panic people.
this one reports that they faked at least one part of the story.
this video below is of alex roy (Polizei 144) and JF from Fast Lane Daily, discussing the recall, and driver error. i agree with SEVERAL points in this video. this was also the main inspiration for this blog post.
i want everyone and i mean EVERYONE to take all of this and realize that, your car must be in good shape maintenance wise, you never know whats gonna happen in an emergency. mainly your brake system. i cannot stress that enough, at least once a day i can hear people going down the street with a horribly worn brake system screeching and grinding all day. yet, they keep on driving. so please, get your car checked often, and maintain it.