June 10, 2008

Toyota Crys Now That Media Pays Attention

Top dog in the automotive industry always has a bullseye on it's back. Toyota thought they would escape the attention but they were wrong.


Some 431 customers from around the country have reported unintended or sudden acceleration in their Toyota Tacoma pickups, resulting in 51 crashes and 12 injuries, but the automaker said there are no flaws in the trucks and that many reports were "inspired by publicity."

Toyota is blaming the media for their defective truck. And if you don't believe there is a defect lets compare other similar trucks and the number of acceleration problems they are having.

It could also address why no pickup model other than the Tacoma has garnered more than a few complaints of unexpected acceleration to the NHTSA during the same period.

Toyota has 431 complaints. All others, a few complaints.

"Toyota believes that it is likely that many of the consumer complaints about the general issue of unwanted acceleration ... as well as many of the complaints about this subject that have been received by Toyota, were inspired by publicity," Toyota said in a letter to the NHTSA released Thursday.

"But even taking them at face value, it is clear that the majority of the complaints are related to minor drivability issues and are not indicative of a safety-related defect."

Toyota is taking their usual stance on defects, deny, deny, deny and blame the consumer.

Toyota wanted to play with the big boys, but Toyota needs to learn there is no crying in the automotive industry.

Posted by Quality Weenie at June 10, 2008 07:50 AM | TrackBack

Blaming the media for the defective truck? Is Harry Houdini their PR chief?

Posted by: pam at June 10, 2008 08:30 AM

Blame the media? Ya that sounds way to familiar.

Posted by: Navy CPO at June 10, 2008 09:51 AM