Congressional committee hears senator call for Japanese car import ban
4 March 2010

A Republican senator has suggested banning all Japanese car imports to the US in the wake of the recent Toyota accelerator recalls.

Speaking during a congressional committee hearing, Mike Johanns asked US transport secretary Ray La Hood what would happen if "until the Japanese government can assure us that all the defects are out of these vehicles, we're just not going to accept any vehicles from Japan".

Johanns also claimed that "the American consumer is getting tired of this thing if we are getting substandard products".

Johanns was agriculture secretary in the Bush administration when the Japanese banned beef imports because of a scare over mad cow disease, and conceded his stance regarding Toyotas was motivated by his experiences during that time.

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4 March 2010

Nothing at all to do with huge numbers of GM and Chrysler dealers shutting down in Nebraska (over 20 at the last count in one year) where he holds his seat. Nor nothing to do with trying to align himself with the majority of the voters - who have always displayed a resistance to anything imported. He's just a second rate politician trying to use a "major scandal" (so, GM, how about getting on with that 1.3m vehicle recall for a steering fault that's caused at least 13 crashes) to gain popularity and status. Cheap, cheap trick.

4 March 2010

perhaps slightly OTT!! Although Japan are very harsh to overseas companies trying to sell cars in Japan, thats why they have such a dominance in their home market. Yet when a western government tries to suggest somthing similar, they are hung.

I did read today though that the recall that Toyota have performed hasnt fixed the problem, and Toyotas are still experiencing the accelleration problem. I guess you can sort of understand the frustration with the company, I think Toyota will have lost a lot of business over this. Toyota never really made interesting cars, they just made cars that were supposedly reliable, with that gone, what do they have to offer?

4 March 2010

Maybe the US should inforce a ban upon themselves. They've been making substandard tat for decades now.

 

 

4 March 2010

This is bigotry, plain and simple. Apparently, all Japanese cars MUST be affected by the same errors of judgement; the colour of their CEO's skin being the link. Just what we should expect from a xenophobe politician, elected by a redneck populace (uneducated and uneducatable), in a country past its best days. Kinda reminds me of 1960s Britain.

I wonder where Toyota will be building its next overseas plant. There's lots of places they'll be welcomed.

4 March 2010

its such a joke but hardly surprising coming from the bush administration - yes, he did indeed forget to mention GM had over 30 separate recalls last year alone covering all of their brands and millions of cars - the lateest one being on the Vibe for the same problem as the Toyota. How is that possible? because its a system they co-developed with Toyota. Inconvenient truths and all that....

4 March 2010

[quote sstvp]

This is bigotry, plain and simple. Apparently, all Japanese cars MUST be affected by the same errors of judgement; the colour of their CEO's skin being the link.

[/quote] This isn't racist issue, it's about the government removing as many obstacles in order to make their own car company (GM) thrive. The US can't ban every import but they can sure make a beef about every little problem one might have and neglect the reliability issues of their own businesses.

4 March 2010

[quote theonlydt]Nothing at all to do with huge numbers of GM and Chrysler dealers shutting down in Nebraska (over 20 at the last count in one year) where he holds his seat. Nor nothing to do with trying to align himself with the majority of the voters - who have always displayed a resistance to anything imported. He's just a second rate politician trying to use a "major scandal" (so, GM, how about getting on with that 1.3m vehicle recall for a steering fault that's caused at least 13 crashes) to gain popularity and status[/quote]

My sentiments entirely why is it wherever we live in the world we come across despicable politicians who have the sense of earthworms ? Must be in their respective job specs to feather their ownnests first and rob the voters blind.

At least here in Bahrain there are no green taxes to speak of yet for motorists .However they are mulling the idea over. One of the reasons I left the UK tax tax tax. At least I can have whatever car I want here without some numptee clobbering me with tax over my choice.

BTW I would buy a Toyota if I could find one I liked .Where a car is made is not an issue for me how it drives is.

4 March 2010

There is spare capacity at Toyata's Burnaston Plant near Derby. We don't mind.

4 March 2010

[quote BulletTrainMcKane]There is spare capacity at Toyata's Burnaston Plant near Derby.[/quote]

What for? To buy cars this Senator wants to ban?

Where has all Japanese design went to?

4 March 2010

this is a great idea! If every manufacturer stayed in their own countries then american brands would not be suffering like they are now! besides judging by Toyotas revelations the American brands are much more reliable products

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