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Banish the Toyota scaremongers

Why it’s important to do the math, and get a grip


 

So just how scared should Toyota drivers be? Not scared at all, opines Robert Wright, who has crunched the risk numbers for the New York Times.
Driving one of the suspect vehicles raises your chances of dying in a car crash over the next two years from .01907 percent (that’s 19 one-thousandths
of 1 percent, when rounded off) to .01935 percent (also 19 one-thousandths of one percent), he claims, with a lengthy footnote explaining his calculation. And this seems like flimsy grounds to excoriate and humiliate a company that employs tens of thousands and transports millions worldwide—especially when the critics are professional bloviators in Congress. “We live in a world where responding irrationally to risk (say, the risk of a terrorist attack) can lead us to make mistakes (say, invading Iraq),” Wright argues. “So the Toyota story is a kind of test of our terrorism-fighting capacity—our ability to keep our wits about us when things seem spooky.”

Opinionator (New York Times)


 
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Banish the Toyota scaremongers

  1. Well what would you expect? The swine flu was a dud of monumental proportions, global warming has been exposed for the con job it always was, so what's left? Y2K? The media needs something, so cars made by foreigners will do just fine, especially in the States. Cheers.

  2. The US governments response to this problem has reeked of "Conflict of Interest" for me ever since this problem came up. The US is now a major owner of GM, an American car manufacturer, and making a bigger deal out of the problem to hurt the competition, would obviously be a complicating factor in the investigation…

  3. In these times of instant news and the need to feed a 24/7 news machine there is absolutely no doubt that this will continue to be the fodder for a dozen news networks. Get used to it Toyota and everyone else, if it's sensational, then it is pounded into your eyes nonstop until something more sensational comes along. While I pity the loyal Toyota fan base we are living in the 21st century.

  4. Technically, if you round off those two percentages, it would be reflected as two-hundredths of a percent.

    Still negligible though.