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Old 05-29-2010, 08:24 AM
 
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That may be and the hype can be overdone but its still tragic. At the time I remember hearing some experts saying reports of perhaps cell phones and other devices interfering with the new computers they put on cars nowadays, not just with Toyotas but others as well and that the government had overlooked it in new car tests. Don't know if its valid but it seems within the realm of possibility.

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37 out of how many million? And please don't put words in my mouth. I just don't get hysterical and hyperbolic about something that may not even actually be the fault of the vehicle. Personally, I think you have to be a bit of an idiot for your floor mat to get stuck in your accelerator pedal, but that's just me. My dealer did something and replaced mine, even though I have never had a single problem. 37 out of how many million?

If you want to get upset about a product killing people, how many innocent people were killed with legally licensed handguns last year in the US? More than 37.

 
Old 05-29-2010, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Thankfully because of progressive pro-consumer rights advocates like Ralph Nader who fought the good fight in the 50's & 60's, all we present day Americans have to worry about are 37 fatalities out of a million from car defects rather than 3,700 or 37,000 fatalities/casualties from automobile defects, amongst other flagrant corporate mistakes.

I count my blessings that Corporations are forced to adhere to liberal legislation like the National Traffic & Motor Safety Act. It gives folks like yourself the comfort and luxury of dismissing the automobile defect alarm bells as mere chicken-little prattling.

Also Toyota's cars had more additional defects than just the accelerator pedal sticking to the floor mat issue, like the mechanical sticking accelerator problem. Definitely not a hyperbole.

Just my humble observations, of course.

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37 out of how many million? And please don't put words in my mouth. I just don't get hysterical and hyperbolic about something that may not even actually be the fault of the vehicle. Personally, I think you have to be a bit of an idiot for your floor mat to get stuck in your accelerator pedal, but that's just me. My dealer did something and replaced mine, even though I have never had a single problem. 37 out of how many million?

If you want to get upset about a product killing people, how many innocent people were killed with legally licensed handguns last year in the US? More than 37.
 
Old 05-29-2010, 08:26 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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If anyone can reasonably explain to me what Toyota defects and recalls and Ralph Nader have to do with the original question asked in the first post, then I'll reopen the thread. Otherwise....

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