A mechanic at a GM dealer sent us these shots of the Toyota-supplied "precision-machined steel reinforcements" that are used to fix recalled Toyotas and Pontiac Vibes. Looks... precise. Or not. (H/T to Joey!)
I really believe that there are way more faulty vehicle caused accidents than people think. My dad's X5 will periodically jump forward 2 feet right before you come to a stop and I had a VW that took off under cruise control too. I drove a Cadillac that ruptured a brake line and lost all braking.
That's not in defense of Toyota, when I heard about the pedal shim thing it just sounded like BS. Just like the floor mats, it was a legal maneuver. They, and maybe other car makers, sweep issues under the rug to avoid recalls. I mean look at what happened when Woz tried to tell them they had software problem in the Pruis, they blew him off. Then there's Prius braking issues, 1 second without brakes during a panic stop? Holy shit.
Its not Toyota's defective products thats going to screw them, its their attitude. They are exposed to a huge amount of liability right now and if the legal system starts to sense callousness or deceit they are going to be faced will a full scale melt down. You begin bringing customer service reps and engineers in being deposed you're going to see a landslide of other issues they've not done anything about.
Every automaker has these problems, but Toyota is going to burn under this spotlight.