quote: Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to investigate the sticky accelerators, unsatisfied with Toyota's claim that floor mats were solely to blame. NHTSA is looking at a host of mechanical and electrical elements for bugs, and is even examining whether cosmic rays could play a role, with the help of experts from NASA.
quote: According to documents obtained from Toyota, the company began a recall on "sticky pedals" in September of last year in Canada and Europe. However, it failed to inform U.S. regulators of the problem, and made no effort to launch a recall of the effected vehicles until it came under heavy fire in January.That constitutes a gross violation of federal safety guidelines, which demand that an automaker inform the U.S. federal regulators within five days of discovering a defect.
quote: January 21, 2010 -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc, today announced it would recall approximately 2.3 million vehicles to correct sticking accelerator pedals on specific Toyota Division models. This action is separate from the on-going recall of approximately 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles to reduce the risk of pedal entrapment by incorrect or out of place accessory floor mats. Approximately 1.7 million Toyota Division vehicles are subject to both separate recall actions.
quote: Audi got some relief from the 1989 study that blamed driver's errors. The researchers found that electronic faults in the idle-control systems of Audi 5000s could cause a short-term power surge that could startle drivers into hitting the gas pedal instead of the brake. The researchers also said the close placement of pedals in the Audi 5000—which were of a different size and configuration than many Detroit models— could lead drivers to mistake the gas for the brake.
quote: The researchers found that electronic faults in the idle-control systems of Audi 5000s could cause a short-term power surge that could startle drivers into hitting the gas pedal instead of the brake.
quote: Oh, and I have a strange feeling that NASA knows a little more about the effects of cosmic rays on electronics than your nose.
quote: Fox New's propaganda techniques, especially given that Fox News now has the propaganda power to kill any conservative candidate that doesn't toe THEIR party line. It's pretty scary shit.
quote: I invariably find the best way to suppress illogical hysteria is with the actual facts . . . rather than by telling an equally large lie in the opposite direction.
quote: They'll fight it, but their biggest cost will come in civil court.
quote: 1) While I don't have a problem with fines for actions companies take that are detrimental to the general public,...
quote: Prices are dictated by the market, so a company can't easily pass the costs on.
quote: Volvo? You bring up Volvo? The world's most popular car?
quote: I don't remember them having higher prices than Toyota/BMW/Ford.
quote: when there is a new regulation re: logistics (a la the clean truck fee) I have to modify my selling price
quote: Are you confusing Volvo with Volkswagen, or am I missing something here?
quote: They had to sell at the market value
quote: In this example, this cost applies to every manufacturer equally. That's an entirely different circumstance.
quote: Considering the rest of the media besides Talk Radio is extremely left in alot of cases it sorta balances things.
quote: Now, your typical conservative is not too good with this "thinking" thing. They're emotional beings, not intellectual.
quote: While the defect mess is unpleasant for all those involved it does raise some interesting questions about governance. Some say that the government should not police companies, and that the commercial press should be left to investigate reports of defects and inform consumers of safety risk. Others argue the current system is a successful one. And still others argue that current regulation does not go far enough -- that the federal government should have the ability to levy even bigger fines against companies who knowingly make products that could endanger U.S. consumers.
quote: <100 IQ's should be restricted.
quote: As Carlin said: imagine how stupid the average person is. Now realize half of them are even dumber than that.
quote: While IQ is normalized to a Gaussian curve across the entire population, few people interact with a truly random segment of that population.
quote: you've managed to miscomprehend what the debate is even about. No one is saying 80% of the population is below a 100 IQ". We are, rather, discussing the probability that the average population any single person interacts with is exactly at that mean value.