• May 20, 2010
Authorities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation have finally determined the origin of the four suspicious packages that were mailed to various Toyota facilities last week. Turns out the boxes were filled with wires, relays and film canisters from a Nigerian engineer.

All four of the packages were sent without a return address, and bomb sniffing dogs reacted positively to the boxes when they were discovered. According to investigators, that's probably due to the fact that film uses some of the same chemicals as common explosives. From what everyone can tell, the sender was simply trying to get his ideas for a new turn signal to Toyota R&D. He certainly got their attention.

According to the Charleston Gazette, the FBI has no intention of tracking the engineer down or charging him with anything. The agency said that the whole thing was a simple misunderstanding.

[Source: The Charleston Gazette | Image: Rusty Jarrett/Getty for NASCAR]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      What a pathetic world we live in when an engineer sends a car part through the mail to a car company and the first thing people do when they see a wire is shout "BOMB"! Could they not x-ray the damn thing to see what is inside before blowing it up?

      I love the idea of someone in Africa potentially applying a bit of backyard common sense to make something better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The turn signal strikes me as something that isn't exactly begging for improvement. Now, if this guy had engineered a way to actually get people to USE their signals, then I'd be impressed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        For SuperX1919. Thank goodness you aren't in charge of traffic safety. A shock in the seat of the pants is just what we need for a driver already making a turn but was too stupid or lazy to use a turn signal. Right on bro!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would be happy if people actually turned their heads and looked at their blind spot before changing lanes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You step on the brake and the hazzards blink.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Doesn't Citroen or Renault currently use a system like that?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I should have have said - Here comes a Toyota with the brakes applied, hazzard lights blinking and gaining speed - GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I believe the destroyed the packages... So the Nigerian engineer needs to re-send it all :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's actually a Nigerian prince who needs Toyota to wire him some money so he can access his millions in trust. He will then give Toyota the patents to the new turn signals, and half the endowment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol @ clicking on Nigerian
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can we see the cool new turn signal ???