Govt wants Toyota to pay max penalty of $16M

Considering that the US Government is now a majority shareholder in 2 of Toyota’s competing companies, isn’t it just a little suspicious that they’re going great guns to get Toyota to cough up the absolute maximum penalty for sticking gas pedal problems so touted in the news? That’s especially since the more in-depth, actual investigations into the specifics of a lot of these cases are showing a complete lack of any evidence of an electrical or mechanical failure?

I mean, if United Airlines could find a way to have the federal government fine American Airlines millions of dollars for some violation, even though the facts didn’t support the notion that American Airlines had done anything wrong, do any of us think they wouldn’t do it? This whole thing just smells like a conflict of interest to me.