The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has apologized to Detroit’s Big Three automakers for a department newsletter that advised staffers to buy foreign cars to save fuel. The newsletter recommended 12 “green” cars, all of which came from Japan or South Korea.
A Chrysler representative fired back, “I don’t think you’d ever see anything like this out of the Japanese government, that you should maybe consider a Chrysler 300C.”
Michigan’s 15 U.S. House members complained to Mike Leavitt, secretary of HHS. The department replied that it “deeply regretted that our newsletter offended anyone, especially those Americans working in the automobile industry and the millions of people who make American automobile manufacturers successful.”