posted on Mar, 24 2010 @ 01:12 AM
Cars have had computers for longer than the Prius, although the computerized gas pedals are new. But still...there are lots of 'sensitive' systems.
I suspect industrial espionage more than stuff like cosmic rays.
The Chinese made and bought more cars than anybody last year. And Japan's brands have been at the top of the heap for a long time. Perhaps the growth
focused Chinese have decided...if you can't build a car as reliably as the Japanese can, why not sabotage them?
Sadly, I wouldn't put it past our own (US) corporate interests. They too have been having their butts kicked by the Japanese manufacturers for a
while now. They've been 'eating the lunch' of EVERY auto manufacturer in the world really.
And because Toyota and Honda make lots of different stuff, they have domestic rivalries as well. So there are A LOT of suspects...
I would guess at one of or even more likely, a mix of three general principles: the first is that being #1 makes you a target. The second is that
being #1 makes you go soft. The third is that this could be a 'rumor gone wild' sort of mass hysteria.
[edit on 24-3-2010 by 11andrew34]