Who said anything about recalls. If I recall, your complaint is how the media and public in the USA is treating Toyota. Ford and Firestone were dragged through the coals for the incident. It is NO different. And wtf, old times 10 years ago. What are you 12?
And why is the media talking about Toyota? Why they are not talking about other car companies in the same terms NOW?
I thought you said you were here when Toyota had it's issue? If you are actually informed as you say you are, then you are aware that Toyota is having a massive recall involving gas pedeals (its still ongoing actually more models keep coming up since they used this design in multiple models) complete with coverups and inside memos that indicate they knew about the problem before deaths were caused by it, this is complete with an actual numeric total that says how much they would save if they convince regulators not to actually not do their jobs. Yeah, when you have a flaw in your design, lie about it, try to convince your customers that its their floor matts and then your memos are leaked that reveal you knew all along there was a problem your company and your ass will wind up in trouble and in the media. It doesn't matter if your name is Toyota, GM, or Ford. When any of these companies have a big recall, they wind up in the news. Toyota's gets a little extra heat because when the news broke, their response was pretty much... nothing. Yep a big fat zero as info is rolling out. Apparently they decided it was more important to whine to countries outside the US.
Having lived in Japan, I am not at all surprised that Toyota is getting a lot of sympathy from the Japanese. There is a cultural link to that sort of think, especially with big companies Japan is really, really proud of.
As to why is Toyota sometimes still in the news, they are still working on the problem, still offering fixes, still recalling models. It's not exactly headline news anymore but they have a new issue to play with since they pulled one their SUV's after getting a terrible, terrible rating from Consumer Reports. Since you are so informed about the USA, I am sure you know all about Consumer Reports right? And, of course, you are also aware that it is a private company and no one forced Toyota to pull that model, they did it themselves. And since it is not an every day event that a any car company yanks hits model from the floor because its labeled a pos of shit, they're in the news again for that reason.
Oh and they get to be in the news a lot now because when a Toyota is involved in a crash, they get to investigate if there was an auto acceleration involved.
So let's recap shall we? Toyota had a love affair with consumers, the media, and reviewers for years while Ford and GM and company struggled. Toyota messed up big time with a design flaw that hits a lot of models but hides it, tries to cover it up, is caught and instead of apologizing and going into damage control, they offer no real response at all and whines to the rest of the world that they are being treated unfairly, probably leaving out the part that some of information on this issues is still being held back and designed in a way that regulators in the market they choose to sell in, no one forces them here remember, can't get to it. Then you have someone on a Stardock forum saying hey, what's the deal here, Ford and GM aren't getting any spankings, well that's just not fair! Totally blowing this out proporation right, have to overlook the actual deaths involved to say that I guess. To that I say, you know what, it's Toyota's turn today. If they're smart, they'll fix their issue, regain some trust again, not all that will take time, and move on. Next time it could be Ford or GM or god forbid VW or some European brand because then you'll back throwing a fit right, claiming things aren't fair again... right? Get real.