Even if one believes all the hype, the reaction so far has been a giant overreaction. Fifty-odd deaths over 10 years and millions of Toyotas is a drop in the bucket compared to the general risk of being on the road at all.
It’s entirely possible that more people will be killed driving to the dealer for the recall than lives will be saved from going through the safety theater demanded by the Department of Transportation.
Exactly what Theodore Frank says, this stuff is more hot air than actual safety issues. I'm really skeptical about James Sikes' story of 90 mile acceleration, something just sounds fishy. Might be a good time to buy a Toyota though...although I've been wanting a Honda foe a while.