Ray LaHood 2010: Stop Driving Toyotas; LaHood 2011: Chevy Volts are Totally Safe

Posted by on Dec 08, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Early in 2010 when there was a spate of alleged braking issues with some Toyota vehicles, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood rushed to the microphone to urge people to stop driving them.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is telling owners of recalled Toyotas to stop driving the vehicles and get them fixed.

LaHood’s warning came Wednesday in testimony before a House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation. LaHood says his advice to owners is to “stop driving it. Take it to a Toyota dealer because they believe they have a fix for it.”

After an uproar, LaHood claims he “misspoke” or something.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood backtracked from comments advising owners of recalled Toyotas to “stop driving” their cars, saying that he only meant to urge affected customers to take their vehicles into a dealership to get them repaired.

“What I said in there was obviously a misstatement,” LaHood told reporters after testifying before a House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation Wednesday.

There was massive media attention paid to the Toyota problems, which were quickly resolved. In a number of cases driver incompetence was the primary issue. But they suffered a major public relations blow.

Fast forward to today and despite reports of battery fires with the Government Motors Chevy Volt, LaHood says it’s fine to still drive them.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the Chevy Volt is safe to drive even though the government is investigating fires caused by damage to the electric car’s battery.

LaHood told reporters today that his department isn’t trying to protect the maker of the Chevrolet Volt, General Motors, from possible repercussions from the government’s safety investigation.

LaHood says his department isn’t in the business of protecting the automobile industry.

But his boss is, especially Chevrolet.

Whatever the case, LaHood needn’t worry about hypocrisy accusations since the same media that made the Toyota brake problem national news for months is ignoring the Volt problem for the most part.

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