"Let’s do the math.
My back-of-the-envelope calculations (explained in a footnote below) suggest that if you drive one of the Toyotas recalled for acceleration problems and don’t bother to comply with the recall, your chances of being involved in a fatal accident over the next two years because of the unfixed problem are a bit worse than one in a million — 2.8 in a million, to be more exact. Meanwhile, your chances of being killed in a car accident during the next two years just by virtue of being an American are one in 5,244."
But why should a Congress eager to impress and grandstand pass on the opportunity to pass a few new laws and bully a few businesses so that it can be seen as "Doing Something!" about a problem that really may not be as big a fucking deal as the papers are making it out to be?