I don't know any of the facts of the Toyota recall, so I don't know how pressing the sudden acceleration problems are. But I found it an interesting conflict of interest that the recall was pressed on Toyota by their competitor:
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told WGN Radio in Chicago that the government pressed the company to stop building vehicles linked to the massive recall. LaHood said "the reason Toyota decided to do the recall and to stop manufacturing was because we asked them to."
The US Government, of course, owns a controlling interest of Toyota competitor GM. One GM dealer had this comment
"Every dog has its day," said Jerry Seiner, who has a group of General Motors and dealers of other brands around Salt Lake City. "Maybe they'll take a second look at us instead of Toyota. . . . When Toyota stumbles, it's our opportunity."