“Car manufacturer Toyota has agreed to pay a staggering $1.2 billion to avoid prosecution for covering up severe safety problems with “unintended acceleration,” according to court documents, and continuing to make cars with parts the FBI said Toyota “knew were deadly.”
A deferred prosecution agreement, filed today, forced Toyota to “admit” that it “misled U.S. consumers by concealing and making deceptive statements about two safety related issues affecting its vehicles, each of which caused a type of unintended acceleration.”
Toyota “put sales over safety and profit over principle,” according to FBI Assistant Director George Venizelos.”
Oh, boy, did this article make me see red. I remember watching the news when people were reporting that their cars were malfunctioning. I also remember the asinine claims that the auto manufacturers offered while trying to deflect that a legitimate problem existed. Instead of properly address the dangers Toyota drivers were facing, excuses were made and critical time was wasted. Several people lost their lives despite customer’s pleas to thoroughly investigate the issue. What Toyota did and how they handled this situation is inexcusable.
I couldn’t help but think of how eerily familiar the Toyota customers’ statements and troubles sounded. While reading the article I saw several comparisons of what Toyota drivers had to deal with what has also happened to the vaccine injured. One thing was not so familiar though. Justice was finally served to a set of customers who were terribly wronged. I can’t say the same thing has happened yet for many of us.
But, I can certainly see other comparisons similar to the unfortunate events Toyota customers faced.
“The disregard Toyota had for the safety of the public is outrageous,” Venizelos said.
When media reports arose of Toyota hiding defects, they emphatically denied what they knew was true, assuring consumers that their cars were safe and reliable… More than speeding cars or a major fine, the ultimate tragedy has been the unwitting consumers who died behind the wheel of Toyota vehicles.”
What’s been outrageous for us? That vaccines have been pushed on the public for decades with little to no regard toward how individuals handle being vaccinated. Clamping down and enforcing vaccine safety can’t happen when they’re sold as safe and effective though. I don’t know how they could be. Even when the government calls them unavoidably unsafe, and while each vaccine comes with an extensive list of negatives reactions, vaccines are sold with no liability. Too many double standards get in the way of taking care of vaccine consumers. Vaccines have a safety net. People questioning vaccines get run over instead of helped.
“Not only did Toyota fail to recall cars with problem parts, they continued to manufacture new cars with the same parts they already knew were deadly.
Golly, how many vaccine recalls have we seen in just the last few years? I’ll tell you how many. Too many. One is too many let alone the lot of 160,000 that were recalled in December of 2012. Focusing on the vaccine customer now, how many individual documented adverse reactions from recommended vaccines have happened? Again, too many.
Other countries react swiftly and begin an investigation soon after one of their own falls ill. What happens here in the US? Do we take them completely off the market? Do we stop manufacturing that vaccine immediately? Do we go back to the drawing board tweaking the formula or the process so as to not cause further injuries or death? Nah, all of that would slow down production and sales.
Even with a recall or two, and with 31,000 reported adverse reactions from Gardasil, for example, the vaccine industry doesn’t have to save face as Toyota did. The vaccine industry doesn’t because of the indemnity vaccine manufacturers have been granted. Why should they invest in making a safer product when a) they don’t have to, and b) enough ill-informed public keep the demand high?
While it would be the right thing to do, the US will keep hawking vaccines no matter what the vaccine injury rate is. How’s that for looking out for your customer?
Time to rebel
“ABC News first reported the potential dangers of unintended acceleration in an investigation broadcast in November 2009. The report said hundreds of Toyota customers were in “rebellion” after a series of accidents were apparently caused by the unintended acceleration.”
Have I got a story for you! Court reports! Cover ups! Government lies! On-camera government liars!
“At the time of the first ABC News report, Toyota attempted to assure its drivers that the incidents of sudden acceleration without warning were solely caused by floor mats becoming stuck on the gas pedals or driver error. But already other customers were complaining of similar problems with sudden acceleration, but some had nothing to do with the floor mats and they maintained they weren’t to blame either.”
Ahhh, the floor mats. That’s when Toyota added insult to injury: Here, driver. You’ve got it all wrong. Here’s a quick fix that has nothing to do with the problem. Take this floor mat. Put it there. Lookee! No more unintended acceleration. Problem solved.
Until the next person died.
Things get out of control
How many times have we heard, seen or been told that vaccines are Safe! Effective! Good for you! Good for me! Good for everyone!
Every single time.
Even before the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, which has awarded $2.85 BILLION dollars to families of the vaccine injured, vaccines were sold as safe and effective when they weren’t. They’re still called safe and effective when they aren’t. But that’s marketing (and the government) for you:
Let’s call it one thing. Let’s pay out the nose for when it isn’t that thing. Let’s not tell anyone about it even though we should. Let’s keep business booming. Deal? Deal!
If that’s not a smack my head moment, I don’t know what is.
Pick a study, any study
“ABC News published dozens of reports in the following months as Toyota said it investigated and announced massive recalls to address the accelerators being stuck under floor mats – repeatedly assuring drivers that the problem had been taken care of.”
Like I said before, do I have a story for you! And I can get you more than just a dozen reports. In fact, here’s a sneak peek at a few studies that support what a lot of vaccine customers have been saying for years.
So, tell the producers that you’ve got THE story of the century. Tell them that that yes, vaccines maim. They kill. And they can even cause autism. Want to see? Come on over! I have a kid here that you can interview. Well, he can’t talk, on account of his vaccine injury, but I can interpret for you. When he pulls my hair that means he is super upset. When he slips out of the house undetected means he’s one of those kids who wanders because he understands no safety. When he’s eats the bland food I serve him it’s because his GI tract is so messed up that he can’t enjoy what you and I get to on a daily basis. When he cries like that it means something hurts. But I can’t tell what hurts because he can’t tell me since he has no words. Anyway, give me a call. I’ll hook you up with the scoop.
“In December 2009, the court records showed the company responded to “media accusations that it was continuing to hide defects in its vehicles” by publishing a statement on Toyota’s website saying the company “has absolutely not minimized public awareness of any defect or issue with respect to its vehicles [and] [a]ny suggestion to the contrary is wrong and borders on irresponsibility.”
Minimizing public awareness coupled with media accusations. Hmmmm, we don’t know anything about that here, do we?
Thanks in part to …”an unidentified Toyota employee” whose comment revealed “the dangerous game the company was playing”, the efforts of the investigators paid off and solidified Toyota’s negligence. A $1.2 billion fine has been set because of that negligence. Sadly, no amount of money or admittance will ever bring back those drivers and passengers who suffered injury and death.
We the People
We’ll have to see if Toyota holds true to its promise that they will focus on the customer again. It’s a shame the customer was taken out of the equation in the first place. We in the autism community have heard that time and time again. Parents! We hear you. Really, we do. But we’re not going to do anything about it. Keep at it though. You’re super focused and really energetic about your cause.
Overall, vaccine manufacturers and the people who adamantly protect them have made something else clear: we don’t matter. Our pain and suffering doesn’t mean a thing, and it will never mean a thing to them unless they also fall into the same fate that we and our children have.
Into the sunset
With fewer casualties, and in a time span that is a fraction of how long vaccine injury claims have been reported, the Toyota investigators addressed a serious problem. Top officials and groups working at the national level contributed to remedy disastrous outcomes stemming from a faulty product. I’m grateful that the issues were fixed and that someone is finally being held accountable. Too bad our children don’t have anyone in a federal position looking out for them like the FBI did for Toyota’s customers. I won’t hold my breath hoping that something similar will happen for our kids anytime soon.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.