Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Three Cheers For Toyota

TOKYO - JUNE 25:  Akio Toyoda, newly appointed...Image by Getty Images via Daylife
Toyota Corporation's President is Akio Toyoda.  No, that is not a spelling error.  Toyoda spells his last name differently, but that has no reflection on his dedication and reverence for his company's good name as well.
Earlier this week, Toyoda ordered Toyota Inc. to immediately recall 3.8 million cars sold in the United States. Five people had already died, one in San Jose due to defective floor mats which jammed gas pedals, and caused 102 incidents over the past few years.
The San Jose man blamed for causing a road death in 2007, was vindicated following this recall, which was finally ordered Monday following a weekend accident in Santee CA. that killed four more people....again due to the defect.
However, the big surprise isn't Toyota's recall of auto's.(which was record breaking)
It was the heart felt apology of its president Toyoda!  "Four prescious lives have been lost, and I offer my deepest condolences," said Toyoda. Customers bought our cars thinking they were the safest, but now we've given them cause for grave concern. I can't begin to express my remorse."
How often do the leaders of corporate giants offer such tender apologies?  Not often enough. Three cheers for Toyoda...and Toyota! 
One final note about accelerator pedals jamming.  It's not just the floor mats that can get in the way.  Always inspect the drivers side floor before starting up...especially if you have children who's toys and other objects tend to clutter up the car at times.
Make sure nothing on or next to you can fall down near the pedals. Before the new cell phone laws, I was on my phone in heavy traffic, when it slipped down...down...down in back of the gas pedal. It was dark, it was crazy, and it happened!  That's right...I could o longer accelerate.
Fortunatly I was able to brake-pump and horn-toot my way to the right shoulder and retrieve that well placed cell phone. I couldn't help but be thankful that the gas pedal wasn't jammed open...rather that closed.
Stay safe and drive defensively...Sincerely  PeteCam4
"Best Wishes"--PTCJr

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