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Toyota Announces $1.1 Billion Settlement In Acceleration Recall

Toyota Announces $1.1 Billion Settlement In Acceleration Recall

Remember last week when Toyota coughed up $17.35 million for "the single highest civil penalty amount ever paid to NHTSA for violations stemming from a recall"? That was chump change compared to Toyota's next payout. In a press release posted yesterday, the world's best-selling automaker has agreed... read more

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Wrecked Toyota Prius owned by Elizabeth James, photo by Ted James, from Houston Press

NHTSA: Toyota Electronics Have No 'Sudden Acceleration' Fault

So-called 'sudden acceleration' has a long and unfortunate history, almost destroying Audi sales in the mid-1980s after 60 Minutes accused the Audi 5000 of accelerating out... read more August 11, 2010 by  6

Wrecked Toyota Prius owned by Elizabeth James, photo by Ted James, from Houston Press

Drivers At Fault In So-Called Sudden Acceleration Toyotas, NHTSA Says

Despite ominous news reports of cars careening out of control, there's no substitute for data. And now it looks like many reported cases of so-called "sudden acceleration" in... read more July 13, 2010 by  10

BP logo, reimagined [via Greenpeace UK]

Great News For Toyota: People Hate BP More!

Toyota probably isn't the happiest place to work right now. Apart from the automaker's ongoing recall fiasco, Toyota took a nose dive in J.D. Power's recent Initial Quality... read more June 22, 2010 by  1

Tata Nano in flames, Mumbai, India, from Indian Autos Blog

Hey, Toyota, It Could Be Worse: You Could Have Flaming Tatas

Toyota's troubles with so-called sudden acceleration are so well publicized, we're not going to run them down here. But we'd remind the world's largest carmaker that it might... read more March 24, 2010 by  14

Age distribution of drivers in 56 Toyota acceleration deaths, data from Jalopnik and Overlawyered

Toyota Sudden Acceleration: Is It All Older Drivers' Fault?

So-called "sudden acceleration" is an ugly mix of media frenzy, sophisticated engineering, and complex human-machine interaction. But recent data on Toyota... read more March 15, 2010 by  27

Wrecked Toyota Prius owned by Elizabeth James, photo by Ted James, from Houston Press

NHTSA Has No Software Engineers or EEs To Analyze Toyotas

Sometimes you see something you just can't believe. And yet, there it is in cold type (or warm electrons). Today's candidate is a single sentence by Washington Post writers... read more February 23, 2010 by  22

Akio Toyoda

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda Shifts Gears, Will Testify to Congress

Toyota president and CEO Akio Toyoda has changed his mind and agreed to testify before the U.S. Congress next Wednesday on the escalating series of safety issues and vehicle... read more February 18, 2010 by  0

Mike Rowe in Ford's 'Spread the Word' campaign

Timing Is Everything: Mike Rowe Spreads The Word About Ford Quality

Earlier this week, TCC editor Marty Padgett saw a commercial touting the quality of Ford vehicles and how they're built better than Toyotas or Hondas. Given that Ford... read more February 11, 2010 by  7

2010 Toyota Prius

Piling On: Problems With Prius Brakes Are Toyota's Latest Worry

When it rains, it pours. And Toyota may find itself swimming a lot faster if new allegations of safety problems prove to be true. In Japan this morning, the Ministry of... read more February 3, 2010 by  3

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA

Toyota And Lexus Recall: Everything You Need To Know

Own a Toyota or Lexus vehicle and not even sure if or how it's affected by the recent massive recall efforts? Looking back at the headlines of recent weeks and... read more January 28, 2010 by  36

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA

CR: 41 Percent Of Acceleration Complaints Involve Toyotas

Whether or not so-called "sudden acceleration" problems involve issues with floor mats, operator confusion over pedals, or actual vehicle defects, several automakers rank far... read more December 7, 2009 by  7

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA

Toyota To Shorten, Then Replace, 3.8M Accelerator Pedals In Safety Recall

Toyota announced today that it would recall 3.8 million of its vehicles to replace the accelerator pedals, to alleviate once and for all any chance of uncontrolled... read more November 25, 2009 by  2

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA

Stuck Accelerator Strategies: Consumer Reports Tests Them

What do you do if your accelerator pedal does become stuck? That's what a tragic California accident in August and the ensuing massive ongoing Toyota recall—of floor mats... read more October 14, 2009 by  3

Toyota's diagram showing how to properly install floor mats

Toyota's Answer To Deadly Floor Mats: Zip Ties!

In a move almost too strange to be fiction, Toyota is apparently advising its Toyota and Lexus brand dealers to zip tie loose floor mats to the seats in the 3.8 million... read more October 7, 2009 by  6


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