Remember when the government fined Toyota almost $50 million dollars for an acceleration problem that was the result of people putting their foot on the accelerator instead of the brake, and, in some cases, a loose mat caused the problem? Toyota was made to recall 5 million vehicles for a nonexistent accelerator problem. We also dragged Toyota’s leadership before Congress to be humiliated.
Now Government Motors is not “recalling,” but rather, they are “repairing” all of their crummy little Volts for a real safety problem. The batteries go on fire long after a crash. Calling it a “repair” allows Government Motors to keep selling them, a consideration Toyota was denied.
It is possible that the Volt car fires are not as bad as they might seem, but look at the difference in the way we treated the two cases.