Toyota was fined a record $1.2 billion this week by the Obama Department of Justice for a floor mat defect that may have caused five deaths.
FOX Business reported:
Toyota (TM) on Wednesday reached a $1.2 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, ending a criminal investigation into issues that caused inadvertent acceleration of certain vehicles.
The Japanese automaker came under fire for its response to claims that certain vehicles were suddenly accelerating. Toyota’s first recall came in September 2009, when the Japanese automaker said 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus cars had floor mats that could cause accelerator pedals to jam.
Additional recalls were issued to fix “sticking” gas pedals. By the end of 2010, the company recalled more than 10 million vehicles, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said five deaths were connected to the defects.
So what about GM – Government Motors?
GM’s faulty ignitions resulted in more than 300 deaths.
Media Research Center reported:
When lives are lost due to a faulty product the media point fingers all the way up to the top of the company. Just not when the government owns the company.
The broadcast networks have aired 42 reports on the GM safety recall of faulty ignitions; malfunctions that resulted in more than 300 deaths. But in the course of their reporting, ABC, CBS and NBC only once said something that could remind viewers that GM was, for a time, Government Motors. More than half of fatalities occurred during the period of federal ownership of GM…
…According to the Center for Auto Safety (CAS), defective GM cars have killed 303 people since 2003 due to faulty ignitions that unexpectedly turned off car engines. GM learned of problems with the ignition switches in 2001, Reuters reported. In response to these allegations, The New York Times said that GM announced a 778,000 car recall on Feb. 13, later expanding it to 1.4 million vehicles. Further problems, reported by USA Today on March 18, have forced GM to recall an additional 1.5 million cars based on airbag problems.
It will be interesting to see how Obama’s DOJ deals with General Motors. Or, maybe Government Motors will get a pass?