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02-10-2011, 11:46 AM
U.S. Transportation Secretary: I Told My Daughter to Buy Japanese Car

Wednesday, February 09, 2011
By Penny Starr

(CNSNews.com) – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today that he told his daughter to buy a Japanese car--a Toyota Sienna--and that she did so.

LaHood's comment came as he announced the results of a 10-month long Department of Transportation study that was undertaken to determine whether electronic systems could have been responsible for reports of sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles. The study determined that this was not the case.

LaHood's statement that he told his daughter to buy a Japanese car also came less than two months after he announced a "Buy America" campaign at the Department of Transportation (DOT).

“I told my daughter that she should buy the Toyota Sienna, which she did,” LaHood said in announcing the results of DOT's study. “So I think that illustrates that we feel that Toyota vehicles are safe to drive.”

In 2009 and 2010, after a number of drivers reported incidents of sudden acceleration in Toyotas, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found two "safety defects" in Toyota vehicles, and Toyota recalled nearly 8 million vehicles. "The two mechanical safety defects identified by NHTSA more than a year ago--'sticking' accelerator pedals and a design flaw that enabled accelerator pedals to become trapped by floor mats--remain the only known causes for these kinds of unsafe unintended acceleration incidents," the DOT said in a press release Tuesday. "Toyota has recalled nearly 8 million vehicles in the United States for these two defects."

LaHood called the new study “one of the most exhaustive, thorough, and intensive research efforts ever taken.” The report concluded that electronic problems did not lead to unintended gas pedal acceleration.

LaHood's disclosure about the advice he gave his daughter comes after his Dec. 11 announcement that the Department of Transportation (DOT) was launching a “Buy America” Web site.

CNS (http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/us-transportation-secretary-lahood-tells)

02-10-2011, 12:20 PM
good advice !

02-10-2011, 04:24 PM
This is the friendliest administration to unions ever. Wonder how they feel about their Obamessiah now?

02-10-2011, 06:34 PM
the UAW is doing they're best here to eliminate the competition. floor mat problems are common on US cars as well. when I heard about the recall the mat is the first thing I checked on my wifes' Camry. its a 2006 model. in 78 I bought a new Z-28 Camero. had the same damned problem. they couldn't fix it so i threw em in the trash and went to the after market. Nissan came up with a simple solution. a hook and eye system that kept it from sliding forward. which they all do when you enter a car.
if you can't tell where the gas and brake pedals are you have no business driving any fucking way !!!!