I'm not one to back a big corporation and I've never even owned a Toyota, but this whole brake pedal thing seems to be more about grandstanding, slamming a foreign brand while creating enough doubt in people's minds to think 'American' again (nevermind that Toyota has several plants in the states). Even the inter office memos about to recall or not recall really don't seem like that big of a deal. If we learned anything from Edward Norton in Fight Club this is probably a pretty common practice for all big companies.
With the big Toyota execs about to testify before congress, I see a lot of grandstanding and finger wagging in the next couple of days. I have no problem with seeing be corporations being taken on, but this seems more like a waste of time than anything. If I had the money I'd still probably buy a Toyota or Honda.
You're right its a waste of time. They should be arrested as soon as they land for endangering the lives of hundreds of people. Its not about bashing foreign companies as it is a foreign company decided it would skate by the rules of safety to make a quick buck. The fact they are kinda gloating about making 100 Million Dollars in the recall and a new story stating the recalls may not totally fix the problem should get them more then people wagging their fingers. Whoever handles this situation whether it be the car czar or congress or Obama had damn well put this guys on notice. I'm sure Japan will bail them out like they have in the past, but a strong message needs to be sent.
Given that the government owns 60% of GM, has an ownership stake in Chrysler and also has a very cozy relationship with the UAW (which owns 55% of Chrysler and also has a vested interest in Toyota doing poorly), Congress is hardly an honest broker.
Besides, if you're going to arrest Toyota executives for 'skating by the rules of safety to make a quick buck' then they will be in the back of a huge line, and behind execs at the Big 3 auto companies.
EDIT: Deleted double post.
One other thing--one of my biggest pet peeves is calling Toyota, Honda, BMW, etc. foreign car companies and calling Chrysler, GM and Ford domestic. The so-called foreign car companies all have large plants in the U.S. and produce millions of cars here. So-called domestic car companies have huge international plants and use those factories to produce significant amounts of cars sold in the U.S. Last time I saw the stat, about 65-70 percent of the value of 'foreign' cars sold in the U.S. was added in the U.S. The same number for 'domestic' cars was around 75-80 percent.
I'm almost to the point where I'd rather just sit the guy in an office somewhere with a phone and an internet connection, and nothing to do. You could just watch what he does like a hawk. Give him full access to the world.