In the June issue of Car and Driver magazine, Aaron Robinson has a different cut on the Toyota unintended acceleration problem (can’t find it online yet). He states that in the great scheme of things, maybe it’s not a problem at all; maybe faster-moving Toyotas will keep them from blocking the left lane so the rest of us non-Toyota driving public can get somewhere at a reasonable speed.
While I would normally be thinking about Subarus in this regard, Robinson certainly has a point. He states of the stereotypical Toyota driver:
“. . . that they’re generally the slowest, most nervous drivers and that they were sent here to act as human restrictor plates on the speed of society’s activity.”
Yeah, yeah, yeah, this is a gross generalization which is unfair, as all generalizations are, blah, blah, blah. Keep in mind, while I might share this perspective, I’m just quotin’ here.
Robinson does have some remorse for his point of view and he worries that bad wishes toward a line of Camrys and Priuses blocking the express lane (aka, the left lane) on major roads in the US might actually be the cause of the problem.
“After all, nobody has yet proven that the amalgamated desire of everybody else on the road to rid the left lane of lumbering Toyotas and Lexuses isn’t having some kind of telekinetic effect on their throttles.”
Although, if this were true, I would have increased the speed of half the car brands on the planet by now . . .