Once again we have been reminded that auto manufacturers cannot be trusted. Remember that fact when you shop for your next car.
I always held Toyota in the highest regard. I used Toyota as a standard when urging my employees to do their best. I would say, “I want Toyota quality.” Those were my words in the 1980s and 1990s, well before Toyota’s developed an acceleration problem that cost lives. In my opinion there has never been an adequate explanation of the cause of that problem. Toyota ended up paying out a staggering $1.3 billion to settle lawsuits related to unintended acceleration, and in some of those cases the drivers were probably at fault.
General Motors kept quiet about the ignition switch that would shut off while their cars were in motion. That too cost lives. 13 people died. Almost 780,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s were recalled and the company paid a $35 million fine. What is sad is that it would have only cost 57 cents to fix each faulty ignition switch.
Now we have the VW installed software that masks the real performance of its diesel cars. There is no direct impact on the buyers of the cars but the company and its dealers will notice a substantial decline in sales. The company management is to blame for this stupid decision. 20% of German exports are cars shipments. Imagine what the impact will be on German factories.
How many other industries lie about their products?