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U.S. congressional hearing on Toyota postponed to May 20

There are 9 comments on the Kyodo News story from May 4, 2010, titled U.S. congressional hearing on Toyota postponed to May 20. In it, Kyodo News reports that:

A U.S. House of Representatives committee said Monday that an additional hearing into the safety of the electronic throttle-control system in Toyota Motor Corp.

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Charlene Blake

Falls Church, VA

#1 May 4, 2010

Will these issues be addressed at the hearing? THOUSANDS of Toyota owners would like to know!
Come on Toyota, stop blowing blue smoke at us!! It's NOT our fault and YOU know it!
Charlene Blake
Toyota Owners Unite for Resolution
Charlene Blake

Falls Church, VA

#2 May 4, 2010
Toyota's smokescreen gets cloudier and cloudier! It has taken a decade for the truth to come out. Have you seen those "Toyota Stories" on YouTube? Many Toyota owners would like to tell you THEIR real-world story now! They don't have a way to SPIN in the public forum like Toyota does.

There used to be an online "Complaint Station for Toyota" but the "Complaint Station" (not the new site by that name) was HACKED after first accumulating over 10,000 Toyota owner complaints! Hmmmm...wonder why the site was attacked and disabled. The moderators said the site had been hit more than once. At the time, Toyota was the number one complaint station site!

When reputation management companies fail, do you suppose there corporate actions to disable truth-seeking web sites? Do companies distance themselves from these unethical actions?

How far would a company like Toyota go to keep the myth about vehicle quality alive? Are Toyota owners attacked when they speak the truth online? Is censorship an issue for the most vocal Toyota owners?

Just ask us to tell you our side of the story...
Charlene Blake

Falls Church, VA

#3 May 15, 2010

Toyota has been attacking its own vocal Toyota owner critics for a decade! Defaming and discrediting is the TOYOTA WAY! There's only one way to maintain a stellar reputation when you produce vehicles fraught with defects and that is to SILENCE your critics---in whatever way money can buy!
Charlene Blake

Falls Church, VA

#4 May 15, 2010
The Toyota Story---silence your critics in whatever monetary way you can!!


The Toyota owner victims have many more stories to tell! The public won't hear about those stories, though, because Toyota will intervene if at all possible!

Rapid Response Team at Toyota? It isn't happening for the over 3,100 Toyota owners who have signed an online petition started a full year after Toyota's proclaimed "generous" and "unprecedented" "Customer Support Program for Engine Oil Gelation!"

Karen Rigberg, Managing Counsel at Toyota, sent a boilerplate letter to the petition's author's request that Toyota assist these thousands of Toyota vehicle owners who feel that Toyota treated them badly and did not own up to its public promises. Ms. Rigberg did not even return the petition author's call!

Further, Karen Rigberg, a member of Toyota's LEGAL DEPARTMENT, responded to the petition signatories' letter which was sent to James E. Lentz.

Toyota, stop blowing blue smoke at the public! You aren't rushing to the aid of your vehicle owners! You are intentionally blaming them for inherent vehicle problems! Why are you trying to convince the public otherwise?

Charlene Blake

Falls Church, VA

#5 May 15, 2010

Will Congress stop out-of-control Toyota?!?
Charlene Blake

Falls Church, VA

#7 May 18, 2010
Toyota Owners Unite for Resolution


Over 3,100 Toyota Owner Signatories who want their cases resolved.

Columbus, OH

#8 May 22, 2010
next time skip the Toyo dealershiph and got to the Gm or Ford car dealership
Oil Gel Info

Torrance, CA

#9 Aug 24, 2010
Charlene Blake

Warrenton, VA

#10 Apr 23, 2014
In the wake of the NHTSA/DOJ $1.2 BILLION settlement following a CRIMINAL investigation, Kris should be encouraged to use her finely-honed musical skills to do a sequel to her first Toyota SUA YouTube video. The U.S. Federal Government allowed Toyota “deferred prosecution” in this settlement provided it follow the steps outlined in the terms of the agreement. No one…not one single Toyota executive…is going to serve any prison time for knowingly withholding evidence that could have saved many lives and ensured public safety on the roads.Toyota ADMITTED that it LIED to both the Toyota customers and the government.

Michael Barr, renowned embedded systems expert, after studying Toyota’s ETCS-I far longer than NASA did, found the existence of faults in the software which could lead to a real-world, potentially-catastrophic SUA event with a number of potentially ineffective fail-safes. Imagine flying down the road in a Toyota with no functioning brake override to exit a software task-death! Isn’t that a bit like being on a high-speed roller coaster and having the track fail to keep you on? And want to know the most SHOCKING part? Toyota reportedly didn't have a copy of the code in their OWN monitor chip! Michael Barr and company had to SHOW them! Can we just say,“Scary!”

Toyota cites that there is no electronic cause for SUA in its vehicles based on the short-duration investigations by NHTSA and NASA. Michael Barr and other experts have shown these studies to be scientifically seriously flawed. First, the ETCS-I software investigation was extremely limited. Only a SMALL FRACTION of the embedded software was tested by NASA.
Secondly, Toyota misrepresented the presence of EDAC RAM (error detection and correction random access memory) while indications of this issue were apparently redacted in the original NHTSA report. This misled NASA into NOT LOOKING INTO a number of potential sources of failure – which they may otherwise might have.

According to NASA expert, Dr. Henning Leidecker, some Toyota's can grow "tin whiskers" within certain electronic components. This can result in short circuits which can lead to yet another type of electronically-induced SUA event. Dr. Leidecker and associates actually DID FIND and study a case of "tin whiskers" found within the accelerator pedal assembly; rendering a Toyota vehicle UNDRIVEABLE.

Dr. Leidecker suggests driving the affected Toyota vehicles is "a game of Russian roulette." Dr. Leidecker is most concerned about 2002-2006 Toyota Camrys with their potential to grow "tin whiskers." He indicates the risk of this condition increases over time.

Meanwhile, whistleblower Betsy Benjaminson remains scared for Toyota drivers. She is convinced Toyota's own internal documents strongly indicate SOMETHING IS WRONG with their ETCS-i ELECTRONICS . She says "ghosts" indicate glitches can cause a runaway car. Betsy now blogs on a website where she continues to EXPOSE key documents that she says open the company's PR KIMONO. Betsy's goal is to reveal the true inside story of Toyota's SUA problem and to demonstrate and expose the differences between the company walk and company talk.

How did Betsy turn whistleblower? As a Japanese-to-English translator, Betsy was hired by Toyota's legal team to translate documents for the criminal investigation of Toyota. Just like the DOJ, Betsy SMELLED A RAT. After checking with top experts, she came forward to alert the public to the major safety issues involved.

So, WHY is Toyota trying so hard to CONVINCE its own customers and the public that its vehicles suffer from SUA caused only by 1) improperly placed or type of floor mats (huh?); 2) sticky accelerator pedals (like those pesky sticky Sienna minivan sliding doors?); or 3) pedal misapplication (oh...the little old lady theory?). Why does it IGNORE the recent findings of the electronic experts? WHY isn’t it currently LISTENING to its own customers?

Well, YOU be the judge. The FACTS are before you.

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