Note that this also happened shortly after the US government took over GM and Chrysler. If you were to be cynical you might wonder if this was a coincidence or there was a relationship.

What I would prefer, however, is that the media would take the time to report a story accurately rather than just stir up a public frenzy in pursuit of ratings. [...] The first job of a journalist is to ask, "Is this information true?" It's obvious that when it comes to automobiles, that's the last question the broadcast media want answered.