Toyota owners have a tough decision to make on who they are going to believe. We have all seen the stories about the California Toyota Prius driver who claimed his vehicle took off out of control at 90 m.p.h. Examination by a joint National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and engineers from Toyota discovered what they described as ‘inconsistencies’ in the statements made by the driver and what the physical evidence shows.

But what is surprising is how defensive some Toyota owners are of their cars. One comment I read stated this:

I think the point is, less than 35 deaths have happened in recalled Toyotas that cover a 10 year period. This doesn’t excuse Toyota, but compare that to the number of people who die in traffic accidents every day. It’s sad, but you’re still more likely to be struck by lightning than die in a recalled version of a Toyota.

Which made me wonder. If one of those deaths happen to be this person’s mother, child, or other loved one, would this then be an acceptable death for them?

Have we become so callous in our society that we just consider deaths from car crashes as a part of life? A kind of survival of the fittest driver attitude?

I have never owned a Toyota and have no opinion either way as to the cars’ safety or lack thereof. But I do know if I was a Toyota owner I would find it disturbing trying to figure out who was telling the truth and who wasn’t.

Comments welcome.