The Truth About Cars » LaHood http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:54:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » LaHood http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Quote Of The Day: A Streetcar Named LaHood http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/quote-of-the-day-a-streetcar-named-lahood/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/quote-of-the-day-a-streetcar-named-lahood/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2011 20:10:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397565 The National High-Speed Train Network seems to go nowhere, fast. But wait, here’s the next big thing: “The Obama Administration is committed to putting Americans back to work making the products our nation needs to compete,” said Secretary Ray LaHood. “We want U.S. manufacturers to supply the rails for U.S. streetcars and today’s meeting was a […]

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The National High-Speed Train Network seems to go nowhere, fast. But wait, here’s the next big thing: “The Obama Administration is committed to putting Americans back to work making the products our nation needs to compete,” said Secretary Ray LaHood. “We want U.S. manufacturers to supply the rails for U.S. streetcars and today’s meeting was a […]

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ZoneAlarm Accuses U.S. DOT Of Fraud http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/zonealarm-accuses-u-s-dot-of-fraud/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/zonealarm-accuses-u-s-dot-of-fraud/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2011 14:12:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=390358 Members of the media and the legal profession who receive regular updates from the U.S. Department of Transportation were in for a shock this morning as they opened the last announcement from NHTSA. ZoneAlarm by Check Point Software, which claims market leadership in the firewall and security business, warns that a DOT press release is […]

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Members of the media and the legal profession who receive regular updates from the U.S. Department of Transportation were in for a shock this morning as they opened the last announcement from NHTSA. ZoneAlarm by Check Point Software, which claims market leadership in the firewall and security business, warns that a DOT press release is […]

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Walking To Your Car Can Be Deadly http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/walking-to-your-car-can-be-deadly/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/walking-to-your-car-can-be-deadly/#comments Fri, 21 Jan 2011 17:33:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=381361 Ray LaHood is a man with a mission: No distracted driving! No texting. No calling. How about no arguing with the SO? He’s now talking to the carmakers, says Reuters. Will he take your car electronics away? He’s no dummy. “The government, which owns a third of General Motors Co and 10 percent of Chrysler […]

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Ray LaHood is a man with a mission: No distracted driving! No texting. No calling. How about no arguing with the SO? He’s now talking to the carmakers, says Reuters. Will he take your car electronics away? He’s no dummy. “The government, which owns a third of General Motors Co and 10 percent of Chrysler […]

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Tinfoil Dept.: Ford, The Next Public Enemy? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/tinfoil-dept-ford-the-next-public-enemy/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/tinfoil-dept-ford-the-next-public-enemy/#comments Fri, 22 Oct 2010 10:05:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=369769 Welcome to Tinfoil Time. A public service for paranoids and their enemies. When the NHTSA went after Toyota for their runaway cars, some people (me, included) saw this as a transparent attempt to undermine Toyota in order to make GM and Chrysler (A.K.A new arms of the US government) more attractive both in terms of […]

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Welcome to Tinfoil Time. A public service for paranoids and their enemies. When the NHTSA went after Toyota for their runaway cars, some people (me, included) saw this as a transparent attempt to undermine Toyota in order to make GM and Chrysler (A.K.A new arms of the US government) more attractive both in terms of […]

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Ray LaHood Grinds His Axe … Again http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/ray-lahood-grinds-his-axe-%e2%80%a6-again/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/ray-lahood-grinds-his-axe-%e2%80%a6-again/#comments Fri, 10 Sep 2010 09:27:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=365283 Ray LaHood is great, isn’t he? When that big nasty corporation, Toyota, was building those awful machines that were murdering people and their children in their sleep in the middle of the night, he urged everyone to “stop driving your Toyotas” (Ford also had a problem with unintended acceleration, but LaHood couldn’t go after them […]

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Ray LaHood is great, isn’t he? When that big nasty corporation, Toyota, was building those awful machines that were murdering people and their children in their sleep in the middle of the night, he urged everyone to “stop driving your Toyotas” (Ford also had a problem with unintended acceleration, but LaHood couldn’t go after them […]

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NHTSA: Never Mind Throttle-Gate http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/nhtsa-never-mind-throttle-gate/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/nhtsa-never-mind-throttle-gate/#comments Thu, 15 Jul 2010 14:54:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=360911 So far, it had only been the usual people “familiar with the findings” that whispered to the WSJ that the NHTSA has found bupkis in their search for the ghosts in Toyota’s machines, and that there is growing suspicion of the NHTSA that it could have been the wrong foot on the wrong pedal again. […]

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So far, it had only been the usual people “familiar with the findings” that whispered to the WSJ that the NHTSA has found bupkis in their search for the ghosts in Toyota’s machines, and that there is growing suspicion of the NHTSA that it could have been the wrong foot on the wrong pedal again. […]

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China: Learn From The Valiant Comrade LaHood! Painfully Penalize Carmakers! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/china-learn-from-the-valiant-comrade-lahood-painfully-penalize-carmakers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/china-learn-from-the-valiant-comrade-lahood-painfully-penalize-carmakers/#comments Fri, 09 Jul 2010 12:45:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=360596 Did someone say that the Chinese are good at – how shall we put it – warming up to foreign ideas? Ray LaHood’s revenue-generating ideas must have impressed the hell out of the Chinese. I can just imagine the discussion: “Come on, the Americans raise the penalty from $16.4m to $200m, so why can’t we? […]

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Did someone say that the Chinese are good at – how shall we put it – warming up to foreign ideas? Ray LaHood’s revenue-generating ideas must have impressed the hell out of the Chinese. I can just imagine the discussion: “Come on, the Americans raise the penalty from $16.4m to $200m, so why can’t we? […]

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The Shakedown Continues: Toyota Could Cough Up Another $16.4 mil Over 6 Year Old Truck http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/the-shakedown-continues-toyota-could-cough-up-another-16-4-mil-over-6-year-old-truck/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/the-shakedown-continues-toyota-could-cough-up-another-16-4-mil-over-6-year-old-truck/#comments Tue, 11 May 2010 06:36:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=356137 Talk about timing: While Trans Sec LaHood was in Japan yesterday, ostensibly to look a trainsets, while he toured Toyota instead and uttered dark “time will tell” threats, while he said that his people are still working on the evidence for a second $16.4m federal fine, back in Washington, the timer was set for yet […]

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Talk about timing: While Trans Sec LaHood was in Japan yesterday, ostensibly to look a trainsets, while he toured Toyota instead and uttered dark “time will tell” threats, while he said that his people are still working on the evidence for a second $16.4m federal fine, back in Washington, the timer was set for yet […]

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LaHood Inspects Toyota, Remains Skeptic http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/lahood-inspects-toyota-remains-sceptic/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/lahood-inspects-toyota-remains-sceptic/#comments Mon, 10 May 2010 10:43:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=356009 U.S. Transport Secretary Ray LaHood is in Japan today. He’s looking at trainsets. Japan is bidding on the U.S.A.’s (long in the) future high speed rail network. So is everybody else in the world, including the Chinese. Good luck to both of them. While in Japan, LaHood personally inspected Toyota’s safety facilities in Toyota City […]

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U.S. Transport Secretary Ray LaHood is in Japan today. He’s looking at trainsets. Japan is bidding on the U.S.A.’s (long in the) future high speed rail network. So is everybody else in the world, including the Chinese. Good luck to both of them. While in Japan, LaHood personally inspected Toyota’s safety facilities in Toyota City […]

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Humorous Post Of The Day: Japan And U.S.A. Agree That All Is Well, Toyota Notwithstanding http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/humorous-post-of-the-day-japan-and-u-s-a-agree-that-all-is-well-toyota-notwithstanding/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/humorous-post-of-the-day-japan-and-u-s-a-agree-that-all-is-well-toyota-notwithstanding/#comments Fri, 30 Apr 2010 13:43:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=354812 Japanese transport minister Seiji Maehara came to Washington and called on his U.S. counterpart Ray LaHood. Both agreed “that massive recalls of Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles should not hurt the Japan-U.S. alliance and economic relations,” Japanese officials quoted by The Nikkei [sub] said. LaHood answered Maehara that the U.S. government is treating Toyota in a […]

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Japanese transport minister Seiji Maehara came to Washington and called on his U.S. counterpart Ray LaHood. Both agreed “that massive recalls of Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles should not hurt the Japan-U.S. alliance and economic relations,” Japanese officials quoted by The Nikkei [sub] said. LaHood answered Maehara that the U.S. government is treating Toyota in a […]

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Ka-Ching: Toyota To Pay $16.4m On Monday. Or Not http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/ka-ching-toyota-to-pay-16-4m-on-monday-or-not/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/ka-ching-toyota-to-pay-16-4m-on-monday-or-not/#comments Sat, 17 Apr 2010 12:29:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=352997 On April 5, the NHTSA levied their largest civil penalty in recorded history. $16,375,000 against Toyota,  because “they knowingly hid a dangerous defect for months from U.S. officials and did not take action to protect millions of drivers and their families.” When we reported that, people thought Toyota would just appeal and drag it out. […]

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On April 5, the NHTSA levied their largest civil penalty in recorded history. $16,375,000 against Toyota,  because “they knowingly hid a dangerous defect for months from U.S. officials and did not take action to protect millions of drivers and their families.” When we reported that, people thought Toyota would just appeal and drag it out. […]

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Rough Day At Toyota http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/rough-day-at-toyota/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/rough-day-at-toyota/#comments Tue, 06 Apr 2010 11:26:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=351613 Last evening, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood declared he’d be seeking the maximum penalty from Toyota. That’s $16.4m, because “they knowingly hid a dangerous defect for months from U.S. officials and did not take action to protect millions of drivers and their families.” That’s the largest civil penalty the U.S. Department of Transportation has ever […]

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Last evening, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood declared he’d be seeking the maximum penalty from Toyota. That’s $16.4m, because “they knowingly hid a dangerous defect for months from U.S. officials and did not take action to protect millions of drivers and their families.” That’s the largest civil penalty the U.S. Department of Transportation has ever […]

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The Eternal Quest To Explain The Unknown http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/the-eternal-quest-to-explain-the-unknown/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/the-eternal-quest-to-explain-the-unknown/#comments Sun, 28 Feb 2010 13:26:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=346918 A quiet Sunday. Time to fire up Google and put in “Toyota AND [cause OR reason].” We come up with ample explanations why Toyota is not called Toyoda.  Or why Peiping turned into Peking, and then into Beijing. What about the causes of sudden acceleration? Let’s see what we find. (If you have other things […]

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A quiet Sunday. Time to fire up Google and put in “Toyota AND [cause OR reason].” We come up with ample explanations why Toyota is not called Toyoda.  Or why Peiping turned into Peking, and then into Beijing. What about the causes of sudden acceleration? Let’s see what we find. (If you have other things […]

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An Interrogation – Tales Of Terror From Toyota City Volume 3 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/an-interrogation-%e2%80%93-tales-of-terror-from-toyota-city-volume-3/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/an-interrogation-%e2%80%93-tales-of-terror-from-toyota-city-volume-3/#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2010 11:57:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=346782 No politician worthy of your vote will pass up on the chance of publicly bashing the heads of foreign corporate types with deep pockets. And so, the Senate will convene its Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation next Tuesday. They will repeat this week’s grilling until perfectly good Kobe steak is well done and reduced […]

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No politician worthy of your vote will pass up on the chance of publicly bashing the heads of foreign corporate types with deep pockets. And so, the Senate will convene its Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation next Tuesday. They will repeat this week’s grilling until perfectly good Kobe steak is well done and reduced […]

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Toyota: New State Farm Disclosures Trigger Accusations Of Lackadaisical NHTSA http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/toyota-new-state-farm-disclosures-trigger-accusations-of-lackadaisical-nhtsa/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/toyota-new-state-farm-disclosures-trigger-accusations-of-lackadaisical-nhtsa/#comments Sun, 21 Feb 2010 15:49:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=346205 Akio Toyoda is spending the weekend in Japan, being prepped for his appearance in front of the modern day version of the tribunal of the Spanish Inquisition, better known as a Congressional Hearing. According to Reuters, and as suggested by TTAC,  Toyoda “is likely to undergo intense preparation. Toyota may hire lawyers to drill him […]

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Akio Toyoda is spending the weekend in Japan, being prepped for his appearance in front of the modern day version of the tribunal of the Spanish Inquisition, better known as a Congressional Hearing. According to Reuters, and as suggested by TTAC,  Toyoda “is likely to undergo intense preparation. Toyota may hire lawyers to drill him […]

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Japan’s Ambassador Asks LaHood For “Level Headed response” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/japan%e2%80%99s-ambassador-asks-lahood-for-%e2%80%9clevel-headed-response%e2%80%9d/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/japan%e2%80%99s-ambassador-asks-lahood-for-%e2%80%9clevel-headed-response%e2%80%9d/#comments Thu, 18 Feb 2010 09:23:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=345926 Public and politicians in Japan are not enthused about Toyota’s latest utterings, especially at yesterday’s news conference. “At home, fiercely loyal Japanese drivers are wondering how a firm with a deserved reputation for quality and reliability could allow substandard vehicles to slip through its vaunted quality-control apparatus,” reports the Christian Science Monitor from Toyko. The […]

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Public and politicians in Japan are not enthused about Toyota’s latest utterings, especially at yesterday’s news conference. “At home, fiercely loyal Japanese drivers are wondering how a firm with a deserved reputation for quality and reliability could allow substandard vehicles to slip through its vaunted quality-control apparatus,” reports the Christian Science Monitor from Toyko. The […]

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Quote Of The Day: “We’re not finished with Toyota.” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/quote-of-the-day-were-not-finished-with-toyota/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/quote-of-the-day-were-not-finished-with-toyota/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2010 09:04:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=343973 “We’re not finished with Toyota,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in an e-mailed statement to Reuters. Bad choice of words? Doesn’t that sound a tad vengeful? If a 900 lbs gorilla barks “I’m not through with you” at me, then I’m very afraid. Toyota should be too. Officially, LaHood’s comments referred to renewed efforts at […]

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“We’re not finished with Toyota,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in an e-mailed statement to Reuters. Bad choice of words? Doesn’t that sound a tad vengeful? If a 900 lbs gorilla barks “I’m not through with you” at me, then I’m very afraid. Toyota should be too. Officially, LaHood’s comments referred to renewed efforts at […]

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