Toyota Recalls: (Un)intended Ambiguity?
Readers of the Nikkei [sub] were greeted this morning with the purported news that by the end of this month, Toyota “is expected” to recall its Sai and Lexus HS250h hybrids, which use the same braking system as the Prius hybrid. Furthermore, “the company is believed to have decided” to recall the current Prius, “and is expected” to notify the Transport Ministry of the plan early this week.
The Nikkei notes that Toyota “told the press Friday that there was nothing wrong with the braking system for the Prius, which hit the market last May. However, it appears to have decided that a recall was the best way to address growing customer concerns and complaints worldwide about braking problems.”
Translation: Toyota has retreated to an undisclosed location and has cut all communication links with the outside. When they emerge with the official recall announcement, it will be greeted with “haven’t they been recalled already?” Some really confused customers will think, the cars have been recalled again.
Update: As the sun set over Toyota City in the Japanese evening, the headlines were that the stock market doesn’t like Asahi Brewery’s new president, and that Danone will double its yogurt output in Thailand. Toyota continued to maintain strict EMCON in the interest of OPSEC.
Blue's (B.S.) lack of SIGINT for OPSEC due to Red's (TMC) EMCON, and lack of local HUMINT and confusion w/in Red's C2 (Command & Control) struture due to defecit of "EMO(tional)INT" or "CUL(tural)INT as secondary and tertiary exacerbating factors respectively. G2-FOI Willoughby, Maj. Gen. dictated, not read
READY FOR RECALL. WENDELL FERTIG, BRIGGEN
Anyone else think Hyundai is gonna take Toyota's rep for quality after watching the game yesterday? Some good Super Bowl car ads. See 'em here: http://www.cargurus.com/blog/2010/02/08/super-bowl-car-ads-which-was-your-favorite
BREAKING: AP reports Toyota will recall 270k Priuses Tuesday, 1 day ahead of congressional testimony (denied by Toyota spokesperson, and unknown to recall-responsible man in Jpn govt.) If it is just a software issue, why the foot-dragging ... I am beginning to have a feeling of unease that software re-flash is only part of the story and that there is a hardware-related issue going on here too ... (maybe changes in the ECU, or, or...) ... and that the extra cost of tearing out something, or of calling-attention to something is the cause of the foot-dragging ...