Toyota floor mat recall

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»

2010 Lexus RX 350
Toyota Pays $17.35 Million Fine Over Timeliness Of Lexus Floor Mat Recall

Back in June, Toyota added the 2010 Lexus RX to a long list of vehicles that were recalled due to problems with accelerator pedals sticking beneath floor mats. That was unusual because Toyota launched the recall more than two years earlier, in the winter of 2010. To the National Highway Traffic...Read More»

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Toyota Rolls Out $25.5M Settlement To Shareholders: Are You One?

Remember the Toyota recall fiasco of 2010? Apparently, it's not over yet -- at least not for investors. They filed a lawsuit against the automaker at the height of the crisis, and now, nearly three years later, Toyota has agreed to compensate them to the tune of $25.5 million. According to Detroit...Read More»

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
Toyota Recalls 2.2 Million More Vehicles To Fix Accelerator Pedals

Toyota said this morning it would conduct a "voluntary safety recall" of another 2.17 million vehicles in the United States to modify accelerator pedals that could get trapped by floor mats or carpets. The company has already recalled more than 11 million vehicles to fix related safety problems...Read More»

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 of control at random. Now, as previewed a few weeks ago, an NHTSA report finds no electronic cause for the phenomenon--and...Read More»

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 Toyotas are actually due to driver error. That's the preliminary conclusion coming from investigators at the National...Read More»

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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 survey (from 7th in 2009 to 21st in 2010), and at least one person at the UAW is trying to incite his followers to boycott the...Read More»

2010 Toyota Camry
Death Toll From Toyota's Sudden Acceleration May Be As High As 89

In March, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles could've been responsible for as many as 52 deaths since the year 2000. Yesterday, the NHTSA revised that figure upward: it now rests at 89. The revision is linked to a dramatic...Read More»

2004 Toyota Prius 5dr HB (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Toyota Floor-Mat Recall: My Repair Letter

Toyota's unintended-acceleration drama hasn't totally subsided--now, other automakers being faulted for sticky accelerator pedals alongside it--but this week the Japanese automaker's attention will turn a bit to the big floor-mat recall it initiated last fall. The floor-mat recall, separate from...Read More»

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 be far worse. As well as sticky accelerator pedals and ill-fitting floor mats, they could also be facing cars that...Read More»

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 sudden-acceleration complaints seems to show--with some qualifiers--that the bulk of the incidents ending in fatalities have been reported by...Read More»

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 Peter Whoriskey and Frank Ahrens, discussing the Congressional investigation of the National Highway Traffic Safety...Read More»

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 recalls that have dominated media and damaged the brand. As we've detailed, Toyota's response has been slow and in some cases...Read More»

Akio Toyoda
Toyota Opens Lines Of Communication While Its President Dodges Congress

Toyota's response to the current recall fiasco has been a little slow -- and that's being generous. As new details emerge from memos and other documentation, it's clear that Toyota officials have spent much of the past few years hiding their heads in the sand, hoping this would all go away. Now the...Read More»

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 recently launched an incentive program to woo Toyota owners worried about the company's current recall fiasco, we thought this was...Read More»

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 Transportation ordered the company to investigate complaints into brake problems in its new 2010 Toyota Prius. More than 100 U.S...Read More»

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Hyundai, Chrysler Create More Incentives To Lure Toyota Customers

Last week, we mentioned that Ford and GM were offering special incentives to customers who trade in Toyota vehicles at the time of purchase. Now Chrysler and Hyundai have joined the fray, with their own discounts to woo Toyota owners worried about safety. In a press release issued Friday, Chrysler...Read More»

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 months—especially in this era of fast-moving, encapsulated news—it's easy to be confused over what's happened and what cars are...Read More»

2010 Toyota Highlander 4WD 4-door V6  Limited (Natl) Grille
Toyota Recalls Another 1.1 Million Vehicles, Brings Tally To 5.4 Million

The number of vehicles Toyota has to recall over the faulty floor mat and stuck accelerator debacle continues to mount, with news breaking overnight that an additional 1.1 million vehicles in the U.S. need to be recalled in order to have their floor mats fixed. This is in addition to the 4.3...Read More»

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