Is the White House sitting on a report that exonerates Toyota? 

With the Obama eager to justify the GM bailout by pushing Chevy’s new “electric lemon,” Walter Olson at the indispensable Overlawyered blog discusses whether that the White House is sitting on a report that clears Toyota in the sudden acceleration fracas:

A new report in the WSJ quotes a retiring NHTSA official as saying higher-ups are refusing to release the results of the agency’s staff investigation into charges of Toyota sudden acceleration, because those findings are not unfavorable enough toward the automaker. I’ve got more detail in a new post at Cato at Liberty, and Ted covers the story at PoL.

Meanwhile, proponents of a sweeping expansion of federal auto safety law, one that would thrust Washington much more deeply into the operations of the automotive industry, are really in a hurry — a quick, urgent, must-do-now hurry — to pass it, even though many of its provisions have not had much airing in public debate.

Never let even a manufactured crisis go to waste.

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