To the retired Toyota executive who is blaming the Obama administration and media for a politically motivated effort to exploit Toyota's quality problems, the claim simply does not hold water. Ford took a beating in the media and by the Bush admin and Dept of Transportation over the Explorer/Firestone Tire recall for weeks requiring Ford's CEO to testify before televised Senate hearings eventually leading to his firing. Nobody ever cried foul or political manipulation of the media or blamed it on disgruntled employees. It appears that Toyota's loyalty base cannot accept its vulnerability.
If you have a design flaw that can be traced to highway safety injury or death it is the responsibility of any administration to protect the public and let the chips fall where they may. Whether the company is Union or Non -Union is irrelevant.
It's simply Toyota's turn in the barrel now, as profitability pressures eventually will cause quality to take a hit somewhere along the way.
My company (Ford) has survived many recalls over the years and, guess what? I'm really proud to have a Ford sitting in my driveway.
The author retired as a quality engineer from Ford Motor Co.