Recent issues with Toyotas and possibly other manufacturers in the future seem to be related to the electronic throttle system. The fact is currently most imports and many domestic vehicles use this technology. The reason: fuel efficiency. By interpreting what a driver wants, electronic throttle systems manage fuel use far more effectively than a person. Such electronics throttle systems have been in use for over two decades, their system have have been called into question, until now. On the other side of the equation, there is the hybrid. A menace to GM and Chrysler, since both companies have a business model where replacement parts fuel their business. Hybrids (atleast the way Toyota and Ford makes them) have the same problem that the EV1 had: few components that require replacement over time. It just does not work with GM's business model. Results: EV1 cancelled, Chevy Volt coming soon for the last 5 years, and crappy GM hybrids that are barely more fuel efficient than their non-hybrid counter parts. Now over time, the usual tactics have not worked: 1) Spreading myths that service is uber expensive for hybrids. 2) Spreading myths about battery issues. 3) Spreading myths about performance issues. 4) Producing sub-par hybrids to compete on price. 5) Producing ads with deceptive claims in their favour. People are buying hybrids because they same them gas. That they can't spoof. Since people have been buying hybrids, attempting to ban them now would be futile. But what if there was a subsystem that is critical to the hybrid that they can ban? What if that subsystem can be made to appear unsafe? Unfortunately for the hybrid, that subsystem is the electronic throttle. A hybrid can not exist without it. A ban on their use, would mean ALL current hybrids can not be sold. Also many imports would require significant modification. If current vehicles are banned too, then many cars would have to be scrapped, including ALL hybrids. This type of ban would bankrupt Toyota and cripple Honda and sadly cripple Ford. But notice who out of the US manufacturers didn't ask for a bailout... One can speculate as to how one would make cars go out of control in a conspiracy. There are way too many possibility to cover here. A virus can be planted in the computers of these cars to act funny and then delete itself. You can co op conspirators to make cars go out of control. You can give an unwitting driver bad advice (like shifting a car into reverse to stop it LOL). The possibilities are endless.. IF these latest recalls, the government investigation and the out of control Prius is part of a conspiracy, then it is likely a government investigation into the safety of electronic throttles will follow. It will not directly target at Toyota, instead it will look at all cars. Afterwards instead of the expected recommendation that electronic throttles be required to have over rides, they will instead recommend an all out ban on all electronic throttles. By then it will be too late and the Prius will go the way of the EV1. I hope it doesn't happen, but I fear.