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Corporate responsibility


To the Editor:

Recently Toyota has announced thousands of recalled vehicles due to faulty brakes. The main cause of the problem is unknown at this time.

It took four deaths for Toyota to take charge and responsibility for these problems to be recognized and handled.

In 2006 a driver of a Lexus sedan was driving her car when she lost control of her vehicle at 100 miles per hour. The driver, Mrs. Smith, reported the incident and, at the time, the company technicians told her they were not able to replicate the episode and suggested that it was caused by pressing the brakes when the tires were spinning. What gets me is that this incident, where faulty brakes were the cause, could have been a ghastly and catastrophic collision.

Many other complaints were made, many similar to Mrs. Smith's statement. Yet at the time Toyota did nothing about these problems until four deaths were caused by faulty brakes. What really grinds my gears is that it took Toyota four years and four deaths to take charge of this mistake.

What makes me very angry is that to this date, Toyota still has commercials running for their vehicles, despite the fact that the president of Toyota said that all commercials for Toyota vehicles would be taken off all media and advertising circuits until the problem had been handled. I get that Toyota has other vehicles that were not affected by the recall, but since they just discovered these problems there could be more that we do not know of yet. I worry that more deaths can be caused by the make of the vehicle designs and could still be selling, maybe not here but in other countries. Other Toyota makes could be affected too, causing even more deaths and injuries.

Sincerely,

—Rachel Scott

Capac High School


March 30, 2010

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