• Personal Injury

    Posted on July 21st, 2010

    Written by sslates


    Los Angeles car accident lawyers wouldn’t have believed that the Toyota saga, complete with a whistleblower’s accounts of shady practices, and a teary chief executive, could possibly get messier.

    It just did.

    Last week, the Wall Street Journal published an article alleging that, according to confidential sources, driver error had been found to be a major factor in most of the acceleration-related accidents being investigated by the National Traffic Safety Administration.  As the WSJ might have expected, everyone went ballistic over that article, which clearly implied that driver error and not floor mats or sticky gas pedals, were to blame for the sudden and unintended acceleration problem.  The federal agency shot back with a representative informing a popular auto blog that the WSJ article was actually planted by Toyota. The Wall Street Journal has showed a sympathetic side towards Toyota, ever since the company’s image began to receive a beating more than months ago.

    According to the NHTSA representative, it is all part of the Toyota PR machine at work, trying to build a case that points to driver error as a factor in these accidents that are currently under investigation.

    This week, Toyota retaliated, strongly denying any claims that it had planted the WSJ story.  According to the automaker, any reports that it had manipulated the publication of a story in the WSJ in order to prove that driver error was a big factor in these accidents, were patently false.  There have been several more updates to the murky plot.  The NHTSA has since confirmed that it has not shared any investigation data, but could not confirm that Toyota had not accessed confidential records from the agency. The pressure is on WSJ to reveal its confidential sources, and the agency to prove that the automaker did not gain access to its records.

    In this entire mess of finger pointing and intrigue, it’s important to remember that the focus needs to be an investigation into the exact causes of the problem.

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