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Article for the week of 3/8/10
“When the recall order came in, I was in the process of being sold. The embarrassment that I suffered because the Builders couldn’t be bothered to make sure that my accelerator wouldn’t stick!”
As you can see these recalls have caused a great deal of mental anguish for Mr. Tacoma. To suffer such a humiliating experience at the hands of your maker is unspeakable. When I asked him, Mr. Tacoma he further explained the other defects that he and his brethren share.
“A couple of months after they recalled us for the accelerator issue, we were notified that our axle shaft’s were also prone to devastating defects. Not only could we get our human’s killed with our gas pedals sticking in the floor mat, but now we could just start to fly apart while tooling down the road. I’m seriously considering suing the manufacturer for this insulting treatment.”
I wasn’t able to get much out of him after that, but as you can see, Mr. Tacoma has been hurt very deeply by this chain of events.
I next spoke with the sophisticated, Miss Prius and her more common cousin, Ms. Avalon. Both ladies were willing to give me an earful on the injustices dealt to them. I’ll share Miss Prius’ words first, as they make a somewhat poignant impact.
“When I was told I was being recalled, I thought I’d just die! It was awful! I tell you, to be seen out in public after the recall order was given… I was simply mortified! I mean, I just couldn’t show my face in polite society again! No self respecting Jaguar, or Mercedes would speak to me. The humans think they’re so perfect and infallibile. They never think about us unless it makes them look good. I was discarded… just discarded like an old glove! I’m definitely suing the whole human race. They’re inhumane!”
I believe Miss Prius got a bit more worked up than was necessary to make her point, but then her kind has always been a little on the high strung side of the fence. This just goes to show that all recalls are being treated equally… though it would seem that some take it better than others. As we hear from Ms. Avalon, I’d like you all to keep in mind that there is no shame in asking for help.
“I’d like to go on the record as saying that this recall is nothing to get worked up over. Yes, it’s true that we’re being recalled due to human error, but is it really that bad? I mean didn’t the human’s find the problems before someone got killed? Personally, I’m glad that I wasn’t sold yet. These humans are strange creatures, but from the track records I’ve been able to read they care for their cars quite well. Better than they do for their families at times. Though I am a victim of the recalls, I will be representing my fellow Toyota vehicles in a suit against the manufacturer. The cases will deal with the damages incurred by the shoddy workmanship we’ve suffered, nothing more. I for one am not interested in flambéing my creators for catching their screw up.”
It’s been made quite obvious to me through the course of my interviews that while these cars all agree that Toyota should be made to pay for their foul ups, not everyone is holding a grudge. I guess that for cars it is the same as for people. To err is human… to forgive… well… let’s just say that forgiving comes easier to some.
For my part, I’m glad that no one has gotten seriously injured during their enforced joy rides. It must’ve seemed like the cars they were driving suddenly began to take over. I wonder if this is what would happen if we put real stock in cars being self-aware. Would their sense of self-preservation be the same as ours? Would they truly get as outraged as we do when our pride is hurt? It makes you wonder doesn’t it.
Article also featured at the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat
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