Toyotas are safe to drive, says a government report. Duh. Some of us were skeptical from the start. Like stories of mass animal deaths, weather anomalies, and Bigfoot, this one makes its rounds every few years.
Nevermind that investigation after investigation has turned up virtually no credibility for the claim that cars accelerate unintentionally. Believers are believers and always will be, no matter what the evidence.
One has to wonder, though, why the government was so quick to jump on Toyota so viciously. It could be because that’s their job as they see it–to protect us from events that happen about as often as Willie Nelson gets a hair cut. I wonder, though, if this time there was an ulterior motive.
As I recall, this all came about soon after the government took a large stake in U.S. car manufacturers. It wouldn’t do for them to force the rest of us into being part owners and then lose money now, would it?
Is it just barely possible that the hullabaloo was driven at least in part by the desire to do damage to the government’s main competitor? Of course, I have no evidence of such a thing, and it would be hard to prove without some “smoking gun” kind of revelation.
Maybe the lesson is this: We do not and should not trust the government to be honest. The next time they tell us the sky is falling, we should look up to check ourselves.