How much does it suck to be Toyota right now? The U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, told the Detroit Free Press of his anger towards Toyota and called them “a little safety deaf”. I’m sure the fact that NHTSA officials were forced to fly to Japan to “remind Toyota management about its legal obligations” (LaHood’s word) didn’t help his blood pressure.
Toyota officials are set to appear in Washington next week for a “Congressional inquiry”, political speak for a good, old-fashioned ass kicking. Add in the reports that Toyota’s problems are really electronics based, and you can bet Toyota is in for a rough month of February.