Can you remember a time when there has been more bad press for car companies?
The unintended acceleration debacles with Audi in 1986 and Toyota in 2009 were precursors to the multitude of problems that have reared their ugly heads this year. The General Motors ignition switch recall, Chrysler’s defiance of the NHTSA, and now, Volkswagen’s diesel issue all call into question the safety (and honesty) of the world’s automakers.
Yes, bad things can happen when building cars. Parts can be defective, engineering can be faulty, and tests can be cheated.
But let’s not forget the biggest factor in automotive safety: