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Obama/UAW Level Record Fine On Toyota

From a joyous Associated Press:

Toyota faces legal dilemma as well as record fine

By Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer Tue Apr 6

WASHINGTON – Already flooded with hundreds of private lawsuits, Toyota now faces a dilemma stemming from safety problems on several popular models: whether to accept a record $16.4 million fine that could be cast as an admission of wrongdoing, or fight the government at the cost of more bad publicity.

What a win-win for Obama Motors and the UAW.

That will teach those foolish foreign companies to come to the US and start hiring people to build things — without a union.

The Japanese automaker was weighing its options after the Transportation Department charged Monday that Toyota had hidden a "dangerous defect" and had failed to quickly alert regulators to the safety problems in such models as the best-selling Camry and Corolla. The company has two weeks to accept or contest the penalty.

Why the rush? Has Mr. Obama ever made a decision within two weeks?

The proposed fine is the most the government could levy, but further penalties are possible under continuing federal investigations

In other words, if Toyota doesn’t immediately cave, they will jack up the fines even more.

It is instructive to see how Chicago/SEIU/UAW thug-style politics informs every aspect of the administration. This certainly will go a long way towards making us more respected around the world.

Toyota Motor Corp. has recalled more than 6 million vehicles in the U.S., and more than 8 million worldwide, because of acceleration problems in multiple models and braking issues in the Prius hybrid.

Perhaps Toyota should stop selling Priuses in the US.

In announcing the proposed fine, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said documents obtained from the automaker show that Toyota knew of the problem with the sticking gas pedals in late September but did not issue a recall until late January. The sticking pedals involved 2.3 million vehicles.

"We now have proof that Toyota failed to live up to its legal obligations," LaHood said in a statement. "Worse yet, they knowingly hid a dangerous defect for months from U.S. officials and did not take action to protect millions of drivers and their families."

Surely, there has never been such a delay in issuing a recall in all of the tens of thousands of recalls there have been over the years.

For those reasons, LaHood said, the government is seeking a fine of $16.375 million, the maximum penalty possible.

Perhaps if Toyota offers to write a check directly to the UAW’s pension and welfare fund they can get the amount lowered. At the very least, they could cut out the middle man.

That dwarfs the previous record: In 2004, General Motors paid a $1 million fine for responding too slowly on a recall of nearly 600,000 vehicles over windshield wiper failure.

Those vicious Republicans just wanted to punish the working families at GM.

Toyota has been named in 138 potential class-action lawsuits over falling vehicle values and nearly 100 personal injury and wrongful death cases in federal courts nationwide…

Like Mr. Obama says, ‘everybody like pie.’

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 6th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Obama/UAW Level Record Fine On Toyota”

  1. BillK says:

    It’s only Toyota, they can afford it.

    It’s not like, say, GM has anything they’re hiding from regulators.


    • Mithrandir says:

      These protestors ALWAYS have lots and lots of ready-made signs don’t they?

      1. Crank out the signs.
      2. Hand out signs to ‘ordinary looking’ Americans—union types and their families.
      3. Give media talking points.
      4. Give scruffy looking union guy his talking points.
      5. Have media find the scruffy guy and pretent it’s an off-the-cuff interview.
      6. Have media person summarize and wrap up the whole situation just in case you didn’t figure it out for yourself.
      7. Take multiple angles (close ups if necessary) if no one shows up for the planned and organized protest.
      8. Keep finding the same stories from different perspectives supporting your case against the preferred enemy of the day.
      9. Repeat.

  2. proreason says:

    I’ll never again buy a GM or Chrysler product.

    My first choice for all future vehicles will be Toyota.

    And I’ll bet I’m not alone.

    • U NO HOO says:

      Last year we replaced our Buick Century with a Ford Fusion.

      Partly anti GM, partly because we just liked the Fusion, partly because in my heart I’m a Ford man.

      Toyota was ok, but we picked Fusion.

      Let us not hurt ourselves by buying what we don’t really want.

      Maybe if we didn’t bailout Chrysler in 1980 we wouldn’t be where we are today.

      That’s all.

    • proreason says:

      You’re right U NO HOO.

      I’ll stop boycotting GM and Chrysler when the fascists are defeated and those companies repay the bond holders who were illegally cheated out of their money by overturning 200 years of Contract Law by fiat, and the companies go back to competing in the free market like Ford and Toyota do. Then I’ll consider whether their inferior, union-built products are worth evaluating.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      I’m done with both GM & Chrysler. I’ve been driving a Toyota for the past few years and there’s no way in hell I’m looking back. Screw the UAW and the incompetent American car industry.

    • As an aside to bailing out Chrysler in the early 80s… the secret sauce used to fix the mix, was the elimination of emission mandates that saved 800 Million. As long as the government can over regulate they will continue to “own” our automakers.

  3. bousquem says:

    I wonder if Toyota will be offered a deal of a reduced fine for partial goverment ownership and/or forced unionization of all US plants (all a payoff to the UAW). I also have to wonder how long before the goverment goes after VW, Ford, and all the other manufacturers to try and force them to shell out money or other perks to the govement and the unions.

  4. Mithrandir says:

    TOYOTA: Welcome to “Ruins of an Empire” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn1jw7l2ZRw&feature=related

    Also, “The Anatomy of De-Evolution.” Look at this entry on Wikipedia, and you can see the strife and timeline associated with the collapse of Detroit and the auto industry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit

    Get out of America while you can Japan and Toyota~ Cut your losses and get out, it’s not worth it.

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