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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Your Toyota may need a NEW ENGINE

I hope not, because dealing with goon thug Toyota is a nightmare, as I learned the hard way when the engine disintegrated in my MR2 Spyder. Apparently, there weren't enough 2000 MR2 Spyders sold to prompt the interest of mainstream media, leaving ripped-off consumers like myself to pay for another one of Toyota's never-ending list of defective products out of their own pockets, to the average tune of about $8,500.

"The recall affects certain 2020 Avalon Hybrid, 2020 Camry, 2020 Camry Hybrid, 2019 to 2020 RAV4, 2019 to 2020 RAV4 Hybrid, and 2020 Lexus ES 300h models sold in the United States."

I'll say it again: I hope you're not one of Toyota's victims in this latest recall.

And just because this time Toyota's defective products have made headlines, don't assume you'll have an easy time of it settling with the dishonest thugs. Remember that the oil-sludge issue also made headlines, yet getting Toyota to pay for damages was a well-documented outrage for consumers. So expect Toyota to pay-off a few congressmen as well as NHTSA and get out of this one of 2020's major recalls as cheaply as possible, regardless of the hardship it inflicts on consumers.

How many more of Toyota's defective products will be exposed in 2020 is anyone's guess.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Toyota's KILLER vehicles are STILL on the road

Update 11/21/2019 - This 11/3/2019 article exposes the scandal of thug goon Toyota's many dangerous vehicles that are still on the road. If the link doesn't work (Toyota's rep mgmt thugs must be working overtime to block access to this article), search for Salon's article titled "In echo of notorious safety scandal, Toyota has settled hundreds of sudden acceleration cases". Of course, no comments are allowed. Excerpt (emphasis mine):"But in three courthouses in the United States, Toyota is continuing to settle unintended acceration suits brought by crash survivors or families of those killed." If Amerika had a free mainstream media, this story would be making daily headlines.

This article demonstrates that mainstream media knows better than to allow comments. Amerika's "free speech" is controlled by crooked corporations like Toyota. Meanwhile, people are getting killed and being imprisoned because of runaway vehicles. But in three courthouses in the United States, Toyota is continuing to settle unintended acceration suits brought by crash survivors or families of those killed.

I recently heard from a guy who has a good case for electronically-induced unintended acceleration - he had read this blog - but is currently charged with vehicular homicide and may well be incarcerated. The vehicle he says sped out of control on its own is an '07 Camry. I wish him and all victims of sudden unintended acceleration the best of outcomes - he'll keep me posted.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Runaway Lexus: Toyota "settlement" prompts lawsuit against victim's attorney

Azar Brannan's lawsuit against Toyota was finally settled. At least in a manner of speaking.

She says the suit was settled without her knowledge, that she was removed as plaintiff but led to believe that had not happened. She is currently suing the attorney who represented her, claiming - among other things - that future medical bills for catastrophic injuries to her legs will exceed $7.5 million, yet the case was settled without her permission.

Hooray for Azar exposing what happened and daring to sue her former attorney for legal malpractice. Her current actions are consistent with her determination to expose the nightmare consumers encounter when confronting corporate thugs like Toyota.

If only more consumers would confront and expose systemic abuses of power like Azar has done from the get-go. It's no coincidence that something weird happened in a case wherein the plaintiff was outspoken, posting opinions all over the Internet, and was holding out for a jury trial, which would have probably ended in her favor, embarrassing "Cover-up King" Toyota.

Things are often not what they appear to be, especially when corporate interests are at stake. A good example is Consumers Unions so-called campaign against robocalls, which I recently blogged about, exposing CU's real attitude toward consumers.

Amerika is a pervasively corrupt little rat-hole, the result of crooked corporate interests purchasing what's left of Amirika's government. It's no surprise that so many folks wonder which side "their" attorney is actually working for. Stay tuned for more on Azar's case.



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tribute to one COURAGEOUS activist: Rest In Peace Betsy Benjaminson.

Just found out today that Toyota whistle-blower Betsy Benjaminson died last week. She suffered an extended illness.

Those of us who fight for truth and justice are shocked and saddened beyond belief. Betsy kept up her efforts to expose Toyota until the very end.

To say this is a loss to those of us who worked with Betsy is an understatement. Words fail me - perhaps I'll add more to this post later.

Sincerest condolences to all of Betsy's family and friends.

Here's a link to an 8/18/2017 article about Betsy's efforts and her devotion.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Appeals court finally rules: Bitter Toyota must accept jury's verdict re Koua Fong Lee

Talk about a filthy-rich corporate slob making people's lives miserable. Look no further than admitted-crook Toyota's long-drawn-out battle to have the will of the people thrown out in the tragic case of Koua Fong Lee, the unjustly jailed Toyota driver who spent years in prison until the facts finally came out about Toyota's shoddy products.

It's important to realize that Koua was at a disadvantage throughout the trial.

Yesterday - almost two and a half years after Toyota appealed the jury's verdict - the appeals court ruled unanimously against Toyota, ending yet another inexcusable nightmare for survivors of the horrific crash. A grateful Koua said he wants everyone to know that he was pressing the brakes, not the accelerator.

Toyota has no feelings for their customers or the public, and the dishonest slob loses almost all the time when there's a showdown in court. Of course, Toyota knows this and has become notorious for arranging confidential, out-of-court settlements in an effort to keep their mischief quiet and avoid punitive damage awards when juries are given a close look at the way Toyota does business.

Toyota's bitterness has come through loud and clear ever since the admitted crook lost this case in February of 2015. Meanwhile, much to his credit, Koua has quite admirably gone on with his life.

Wonder whose life Toyota will seek to ruin next.

9/22/2017 update: Bitter Slob Toyota is now asking the appeals court to reconsider its ruling. 

6/16/2017 update: Here a link to a great article from Consumer Affairs.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Driver of runaway Lexus is Toyota's worst nightmare

Update 5/2/2017 - Full throttle, unintended acceleration has now been officially linked to a software defect, no room for doubt. Here's more. So we now know that a faulty DOOR can cause a vehicle to speed out of control whether in drive or park, and the problem hasn't occurred in older models. AMAZING what's revealed when auto-industry-lapdog NHTSA is removed from investigating instances of unintended acceleration. This comes at a time when motorists may FINALLY be catching on to the scam of "driver error," evidenced in this lawsuit against Tesla.

5/4/2017 - As a corrupt, corporate-controlled government turns its back on the public, this just in: Multiple fatalities and injuries re the well-documented, ongoing problem with unintended acceleration in Jeeps. Here's a link to another article. And another with video.

"America is lost  The total corruption of every public and private institution is complete. Nothing remains but tyranny. And lies. Endless lies." - Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, from his 7/3/2016 article, "America Destroyed."

Toyota is such a bully. Such a cheat. Such a liar. Real shame that Americans have come to accept that kinda behavior from corporations.

Azar Hadi is one of the rare exceptions to that rule.

Her Lexus - Toyota's "Flagship" model that first got the sudden unintended acceleration issue headlined in the now notorious Saylor case - sped out of control, crashed, and left Azar with catastrophic injuries. I'll never forget her terrifying account - which she posted on Facebook - of what she encountered:

"As I was coming up to the red light at the intersection, my car suddenly lurched forward. I had to veer to the right to avoid hitting the other cars in front of me that were stopped at the light. I went up over the curb and through the grass and landscaping, terrified about possibly hitting a pedestrian on the sidewalk. I then continued onto the street again with a very high speed and I felt my car went over a median going airborne before crashing into an SUV." 

Azar has now had many surgeries and faces many more. But unlike most of Toyota's other victims, Azar has responded based on principle. Instead of buckling under enormous pressure and accepting an out-of-court settlement with a confidentiality agreement designed to protect Toyota, she's determined to have her case decided in court to publicly expose the facts about Toyota's lousy products. Given the potential for headline-grabbin' publicity, a courtroom showdown is the absolute last thing Toyota wants, especially with yet another case involving sudden unintended acceleration in their "Flagship" Lexus. Azar's trial was originally scheduled to start in October of this year, but when Toyota realized Azar wasn't bluffing about taking 'em to court, they recently got the date postponed until January of 2017.

Ever since Toyota lost that landmark unintended acceleration case in Oklahoma back in 2013, the Cover-up King has been desperately trying to quiet things down regarding their ongoing unintended acceleration problems. Meanwhile, crashes pointing to electronically-induced unintended acceleration are a dime a dozen, exemplified by this horrific 6/19/2016 accident involving another Lexus. Out-of-court-settlements featuring confidentiality agreements - complete with Toyota "admitting to no wrongdoing" - have become the Cover-up King's trademark since the corporate bully is usually successful in exploiting the vulnerabilities of its victims. Azar is indeed Toyota's worst nightmare.

Ms. Hadi is one tough lady when it comes to exposing facts relevant to electronically-induced unintended acceleration. In the tradition of Koua Fong Lee - the jailed Toyota driver who heroically went to trial - and won - rather than accept a crooked plea bargain, it looks like Toyota has once again met its match.

Update 9/21/2016 - Just now got word that Toyota has AGAIN postponed Azar's court date, this time to April of 2017.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Thanks for visiting - been takin' a break. Sort of...

Update 4/28/2017 - Full throttle, unintended acceleration has now been officially linked to a software defect, no room for doubt. Here's more. So we now know that a faulty DOOR can cause a vehicle to speed out of control whether in drive or park, and the problem hasn't occurred in older models. AMAZING what's revealed when auto-industry-lapdog NHTSA is removed from investigating instances of unintended acceleration. This comes at a time when motorists may FINALLY be catching on to the scam of "driver error," evidenced in this lawsuit against Tesla. 

5/4/2017 - As a corrupt, corporate-controlled government turns its back on the public, this just in: Multiple fatalities and injuries re the well-documented, ongoing problem with unintended acceleration in Jeeps. Here's a link to another article. And another with video.

"If men are good, you don't need government; if men are evil or ambivalent, you don't dare have one." - Robert LeFevre 

Americans are literally under siege by a tyrannical government - Repukes n Demagogues alike - in cahoots with crooked corporations.

I got into it with AT&T after getting fed up with robocalls, and May 13, 2015 ushered in an absence of home phone and Internet. This prompted a resumption of using my bicycle instead of my car for shopping, etc. Bicycling to buy groceries, etc. started in June of 2013, prompted by an extended dispute with State Farm which left me temporarily without a car. The purposeful rides - I'd always been suckered into using my bicycle as nothing more than an recreational toy - turned out to be more fun than the ol' proverbial barrel of monkeys, and my trips now include visits to a pay phone, and a computer at the library. Ah, the unadulterated pleasure of sockin' it to the telephone, oil, automotive, and insurance industries while simultaneously savin' money, havin' fun, and enjoyin' great exercise.

I love my new routine, but it sure has taken a great deal of getting used to. And wunna the places I cut back on wuz exposin' all those never-ending issues with Toyota. Not that there haven't been any. As always, there have been more than I ever had time to blog about, even when I had Internet access at my home.

When my Toyota blogging was interrupted, I got word from one of my sources that there had been yet another Ruginis-type story, and as usual NHTSA refused to acknowledge evidence of electronically-induced unintended acceleration. Crashes raising questions of software defects have continued without pause, and the barrage of stories had come to be downright monotonous. A Toyota speeds out of control, mainstream media intentionally misleads the public, trolls attack anyone who dares to criticize Toyota, comments are unfairly moderated in favor of Toyota, and NHTSA looks the other way. Or perhaps it's another defective safety product, such as Toyota's latest seat-belt fiasco involving the RAV4, RAV4 EV, and Vanguard SUV, again evidencing a so-called regulatory agency that protects the often blood-spattered interests of crooked, money-grubbing corporations. These points have been made over and over again throughout this blog.

Nonetheless, I'll take this opportunity to highlight two more examples.

The first involves a Lexus that sped out of control, resulting in catastrophic injuries, and an ongoing, many-years-long effort of suing Toyota. This case is unique in that it is headed for a courtroom showdown, and the driver's attorney has posted a summary of Azar Hadi's case.

The second involves last month's horrific injuries resulting from another Lexus crash, the circumstances of which are eerily similar to the landmark case - Bookout v. Toyota in Oklahoma - which exposed Toyota's defective software and put the now-admitted-crook in settlement mode for the majority of crashes suggesting electronically-induced unintended acceleration.

Folks, it ain't really the government. It ain't even murderous, crooked corporations like Toyota, GM, Takata, etc. ad nauseum. The problem is a brain-dead, tail-tucked public that tolerates a repulsive little oligarchy run by filthy-rich slobs who kick consumers around with impunity.

Update 3/18/2016 - For quite some time, none of my blog posts will display properly on Facebook, and this is far from the first time I've had issues with the Zuckerberg gang.

Update 3/21/2016 - I quit voting long ago, and I don't wanna stray too far off topic, but former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Dr. Paul Craig Roberts addresses the abysmal state of the American public, asking "Are Americans too insouciant to survive?"

Update 3/23/2016 - The inescapable conclusion that software defects are causing vehicles to speed out of control has become so obvious - and frequent - EVEN THE POLICE have started asking NHTSA to investigate, forcing mainstream media to expose a few "uncomfortable truths" about the issue. Of course - as Toyota whistleblower Betsy Benjamin notes in her blog post - the police will be waiting "A VERY LONG TIME..." for NHTSA to admit the truth.    

Update 3/24/2016 - Yesterday, the exceptionally well-credentialed electronic engineer Dr. Antony Anderson published a case study exposing NHTSA's unjustified denial of a request to investigate an episode of unintended acceleration.

Update 3/29/2016 - A crash in my necka the woods - W. Columbia, SC - was met with typical mainstream media secrecy by local "News Leader" WIS-TV. No info re make, model, etc., and the station says their "corporate office company wide" dictated removal of a comment section. After a firestorm of complaints erupted on Twitter, WIS updated their story, revealing that the vehicle was a Jeep and that the driver told first-responders that he didn't know what happened. Considering Jeep's notoriety for unintended acceleration events, nobody can be blamed for questioning the allegation that this crash resulted from an "apparent seizure." WIS-TV should give the public details about how this was determined, but don't count on it. South Carolina's "News Leader" still declines to reveal the vehicle model.

Updates 4/8/2016 - I'm now exposing the probate racket in South Carolina, and lemme just emphasize that the main point of this post isn't my various activities. Point is, the entire country is pervasively corrupt.

The lawsuits against Toyota just keep coming - here's a well-written summary of one of this year's cases.

Update 5/25/2016 - This article from late last year shows the frequency of unintended acceleration events suggesting defective vehicles. And... it is becoming more common for the police to ask for NHTSA's help due to suspicions of defects causing unintended acceleration events. Too bad NHTSA (No Help To Solve Anything) is owned by the auto industry.

Update 8/30/2016 - Toyota has delayed Azar Hadi's court date from this October until January 2016. And 

Update 10/23/2016 - I've published a separate post about Azar Hadi's case.

Update 11/20/2016 - Still as pleased as ever with my "new" routine, which I've now been enjoying for more than a year and a half. Shopping, running errands, etc. on my bicycle is probably the most fun I've ever had in my life - been using my bicycle instead of my car about 95% of the time.