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No Electronic Flaws Found in U.S. Government Toyota Acceleration Probe 8
Posted by Larry in Automotive, News, TOYOTA, Toyota Recall, toyota unintended acceleraton on 02 8th, 2011

This is a day of vindication for Toyota after the U.S. government investigation shows no links between electronic throttles and unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles.

A 10-month probe ordered by Congress was conducted after the recalls issued of about 8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the U.S. over defective floor mats and accelerator pedals. No doubt that these recalls have somewhat tarnished the brand in the eyes of many American consumers and their long touted reputation for quality. Despite all of the so-called incidents and media exploitation, Toyota remains to stay in the game as the largest automotive maker. Hopefully this new finding will truly turn things around for Toyota as they report a recent 39 percent slide in quarterly profits.

“There is no electronic-based cause for unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyotas,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement.

Although Toyota has been cleared of their electronic throttles having any type of involvement with unintended acceleration, regulators have said that they may impose requirements for vehicles to have braking systems that counteract instances of unintended acceleration.

Causes of unintended acceleration were previously identified with sticking accelerator pedals and misplaced or loose floor mats by NHTSA and NASA engineers. This accounted for over 18 million vehicles. Toyota still faces many civil lawsuits as a result of the recalls despite the investigation uncovering no justified flaws that would warrant another recall.

[sources: Autonews, CNN]

Toyota Announces Recall of 1.7 Million Vehicles Globally Including 245K U.S. Lexus Models 26
Posted by Larry in Automotive, LEXUS, Lexus Recall, News, TOYOTA, Toyota Recall on 01 26th, 2011

Toyota has announced yet another recall this time upwards of 1.7 million vehicles around the world with 245,000 of those being Lexus vehicles in the United States. The majority of effected vehicles are in Japan but include U.S. versions of the 2006-2007 Lexus GS 300/350, 2006-early 2009 Lexus IS250 and 2006-2008 Lexus IS350.

The recall was announced after the discovery that a fuel pressure sensor may have not been tightened properly during assembly resulting in a possibility of it loosening over time and causing a fuel leak. Owners of the recalled vehicles will be notified by mail asking them to bring the vehicle in for inspection. If no leak is detected, service technicians will properly tighten the fuel pressure sensor. If a leak is noticed, they will replace the gasket between the two parts and properly install the sensor.

Toyota still remains to be the largest automaker despite the recent recalls with a global sales rise of 8% to over 8.4 million vehicles sold beating General Motors’ 8.39 million in 2010.

Owners of the involved vehicles with questions or concerns should contact Lexus Customer Satisfaction at 1-800-25LEXUS (1-800-255-3987) or visit www.lexus.com/recall.

Toyota Gets Federal Grand Jury Subpoena For Steering Rod Documents 20
Posted by Otto in Automotive, News, Recalls, SUV, TOYOTA, Toyota Recall on 07 20th, 2010
1997 Toyota 4Runner

A 1997 Toyota 4Runner. Photo: AutoPhoto

The hits keep coming for Toyota, but  this latest round was hardly unexpected.  Back on May 7, the NHTSA began an investigation into Toyota for covering up steering defects in 4Runner, compact pickup and T100 models built between 1989 and 1998.  The models, which were found to have a defective steering rod, were recalled in Japan in 2004.  Despite 41 documented complaints from U.S. customers, the same recall wasn’t initiated on these shores until the third quarter of 2005, nearly one full year later.  According to Autoblog, a federal grand jury in New York has subpoenaed Toyota for any and all documents relating to this steering rod recall.

Toyota’s original explanation for the delay centered on the difference between driving in the United States and driving in Japan.  Japanese drivers are harder on steering components, thanks to narrow roads and tighter corners.  Toyota also claimed to be unaware of the 41 complaints about steering defects filed with the NHTSA.

The current maximum fine from the NHTSA is $6,000 per vehicle affected, so the question becomes, “How many trucks did Toyota sell in the U.S. between 1989 and 1998?”  Multiply that number times $6,000, and you have the amount of the next check Toyota will be writing to the NHTSA.

Toyota suspending sale of eight models immediately 27
Posted by Edward - JapanCarBlog in Brakes, Press Release, Recall, TOYOTA, Toyota Brakes, Toyota Recall on 01 27th, 2010

Toyota Brakes Recall Suspension

In an unprecedented move, Toyota has suspended sales of eight models until it fixes the stuck accelerator pedal problem that has led to a huge recall.

“Helping ensure the safety of our customers and restoring confidence in Toyota are very important to our company,” said Group Vice President and Toyota Division General Manager Bob Carter in a press release. “This action is necessary until a remedy is finalized. We’re making every effort to address this situation for our customers as quickly as possible.”

The models include the 2009-2010 RAV4; 2009-2010 Corolla; 2009-2010 Matrix; 2005-2010 Avalon; certain 2007-2010 Camrys; 2010 Highlander; 2007-2010 Tundra; and the 2008-2010 Sequoia.

Toyota is in danger of losing its top quality ranking to Hyundai, according to a test engineer at Consumer Reports, which releases it annual rankings in April.