- Non-Union Toyota of Japan passes Union GM of the US as the world’s largest auto maker.
- Union support of Barack Obama helps him win the Presidency of the US.
- GM goes bankrupt and gets bailed out by the US government which hands a huge chunk of the company to the UAW UNION.
- Toyota is accused of unanticipated acceleration, a dangerous problem that is very hard to prove. Toyota cites floor mats and issues warning.
- Complaints persist and the US government insists on a recall.
- Toyota is forced by the US government to cease selling those models, an unprecedented move in automotive history.
- Non-Union Toyota sales and stock crash.
- Union and US owned GM sales rise nicely.
If you were around when Audi was practically forced out of the US based on a similar charge, you know that there may or may not be a real mechanical reason for un-anticipated acceleration. In the Audi case, the whole thing turned out to be bogus at best, and at worst, a coordinated attempt to take-down Audi, complete with a scary "60 Minutes" segment! Now, I know the Toyota case involves fatalities and therefore requires serious treatment, and I also hear that there is a suspect part, but until the problem is scientifically solved, I remain suspicious of this weird coincidence of Government Motor's biggest competitor being smeared by such a ubiquitous claim as unanticipated acceleration...
UPDATE II: Oh, and did you know that Toyota closed its only UNIONIZED plant in 2009???