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Unsafe At Any Cost?

Ralph Nader questions Toyota’s R&D claims.

by on Oct.18, 2010

The young Ralph Nader testifying before Congress a half-century ago. He is now weighing in on R&D spending claims by Toyota.

The man who helped launched the auto safety movement by challenging General Motors is now taking on the company that has taken over as the world’s largest automaker.

Ralph Nader is challenging Toyota to explain claims it is spending $1 million an hour on R&D, a figure it is using in an ad campaign aimed at overcoming concerns about a year-long safety scandal.  By Nader’s calculations that works out to a whopping $8.7 billion annually.

The ad campaign, which was first launched in June, appears to link that spending specifically to the problems facing Toyota, proclaiming, “At Toyota, we care about your safety. That’s why we’re investing one million dollars every hour to improve our technology and your safety.”

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“That is an astonishing amount, compared to your industry peers, to be spent on safety R&D,” Nader says, in a letter sent to Jim Lentz, head of Toyota’s U.S. sales subsidiary.


Horror of Saylor Fatal Lexus Accident Reviewed at Opening of Congressional Hearing

Toyota and NHTSA excoriated for “troubling patterns” of ignoring safety. Toyota unintended acceleration unresolved.

by on Feb.24, 2010

“If Camry and Prius were airplanes they would be grounded,” said Towns.

Committee chairman Edolphus Towns opened his Toyota safety hearings today with harsh words:  “NHTSA failed the taxpayers. Toyota failed their customers – we now have 39 deaths attributed to Toyota products,” said Towns.

“If Camry and Prius were airplanes they would be grounded,” said Towns.

Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that  any of the Toyota vehicles subject to recall “are not safe.”

“If your car is listed take it to the dealer to get it fixed,” said LaHood.

Toyota’s recalls – thus far – address  five separate Toyota product safety issues. In total, some 5.3 million Toyota vehicles across 14 model lines  are affected by one or more of
these recalls in the United States.

Millions more Toyota products are involved in global recalls.

LaHood says NHTSA has the resources to enforce safety laws.

Toyota, of course, initially and subsequently asserted that unintended acceleration was solely the result of “pedal entrapment” from floor mats.

That assertion was negated when NHTSA investigators found the floor mats of a Toyota locked in the trunk of a vehicle that was involved in a fatal accident.   (more…)