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Toyota Does Right When It Does Wrong:

Prius Recall

Dr. Bill Belew

Issue LXII- June 7, 2006


Toyota is planning to voluntarily recall about 2/3 of the Prius cars they have made.

Someone in Japan learned that when you turn the steeling wheel and drive real slow into a curb, it can break something in the steering mechanism. Trust me, you drive very slowly in Japan a lot, with the steering wheel turned all the way the left or right.

Usually, it is bad business for a car company to do something like this. However, Toyota is sucking it up, making the changes on their own dime before a tire blows out, or a car rolls over and kills someone. By doing so, Toyota earns points for doing the fix.

That's the way a quality company does business, I think.

What do you think?

Editorial Commentary by Mr. Stolyarov: This is good news from a responsible company. It demonstrates that government regulations are not necessary to force companies to respect consumer safety. Companies like Toyota -- concerned about their profitability-- will take adequate and often generous measures on their own.

Dr. Bill Belew is a former Intelligence Officer for a Destroyer Squadron. He lived 20 years in Japan, where he started a language school for Japanese ECS. Dr. Belew teaches classes for a vocational school and online for a national university.

See Dr. Belew's blog, PanAsianBiz, for news and discussions about business and current events in Russia and Asia.

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