Toyota Recall

Toyota Recalls: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Toyota Recalls: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Over many months, we've seen Toyota's recall issues go from bad to worse, to Capitol Hill, and then seen the flocks of lawyers descend like vultures. Meanwhile, it's sounding Toyota really has become a better, stronger company—having fixed a major portion of the affected vehicles, gone to...Read More»

2010 Toyota Avalon
Toyota Acceleration Claims Down, But Allstate Launches Suit

Toyota earlier this week provided an update on progress regarding its accelerator-related recalls, and it's now more confidently pushing back on assertions that the automaker's electronic throttle controls might have caused unintended acceleration. The automaker said that it's reviewed about 4,200...Read More»

2009 Pontiac Vibe
GM Joins Toyota, Will Recall 200K Pontiac Vibes For Stalling

No sooner had Toyota announced it will recall 1.1 million Corolla and Matrix models than General Motors joined in, saying it will recall 200,000 Pontiac Vibe models built at the company's jointly owned plant that use the same engine. In both cases, the recall will replace an engine-control module...Read More»

2008 Toyota Corolla
Toyota Recalls 1.1 Million Corolla, Matrix Cars For Stalling

Toyota today announced that it would recall roughly 1.1 million Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchback models built from 2005 through 2008, to replace engine-control modules that may have been flawed. The recall is a response to concerns over stalling issues reported in those models. The National...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»

2010 Toyota Avalon
Feds Clear Toyota On Throttle Issues; Steering Issue Remains?

Toyota—and Toyota owners—can breathe a little easier with a finding from the federal government released today. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said, in a preliminary finding, that it could find no evidence of a problem with electronic throttle controls or electronic...Read More»

2010 Toyota Avalon
Six Months After The Recalls: Toyota Bruised, Lexus Less So?

It's been a tough and trying year for Toyota—and Toyota owners. There had already been a few isolated claims of accelerators sticking. But it was the news of an incident, last August—a family (and off-duty cop) in an ES 350, who sped out of control to a fiery death—that punted Toyota's...Read More»

2010 Toyota Avalon
Recall Alert: Over 372,000 Toyota Avalons Could Suffer From Steering Problem

Toyota has issued a recall for its popular Avalon sedan due to a potential steering problem. The recall affects Avalons from the 2000 - 2004 model years. According to a release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall centers on "improper casting of the steering lock bar...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»

2008 Lexus LS 600h L
Lexus Recalls 138,000 Cars—Including LS 600h—For Engine Defect

Lexus has announced that it will recall about 138,000 of its luxury sedans in the U.S.—including the 2008 model year of its flagship Lexus LS 600h L hybrid—due to a potential engine defect. In some 4.6- or 5.0-liter V-8 engines, along with some 3.5-liter engines, valve springs might be...Read More»

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 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 Honda Accord Crosstour
All U.S. Honda Vehicles To Get Brake Overrides By Next Year

American Honda has announced that it will be installing a brake-override system on all of its Honda- and Acura-brand vehicles for the North American market by the end of 2011. The device would, quite simply, allow the brake pedal to override any throttle input returning the engine to idle or near...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»

2009 Lexus LS 600h L
Confused About All The Recalls? You're Not The Only One

It's nearly impossible to have missed all the big headlines—of millions of vehicles affected by multiple Toyota recalls in recent months, then Congressional hearings investigating them and, in the aftermath, a movement toward stricter rules and greater openness from a new auto-safety bill. But...Read More»

2010 Lexus LS 460 L
Toyota To Recall 11,500 Vehicles From The Lexus LS Line

As if Toyota didn't have enough troubles at the moment, the automaker has announced plans to recall 11,500 Lexus vehicles sold in the U.S., Japan, China, and other parts of the world. The recall centers on the steering system in the Lexus LS line, which offers drivers varying degrees of turning...Read More»

2010 Toyota Avalon
Toyota Incentives Good Through May, But Starting To Go Flat?

It's still a little too early to assess the aftermath of Toyota's monumental recalls, but there are mounting indications that the brand's long-term reputation has been tarnished a bit. Over the past couple of months, Toyota has gotten its sales back on track—and then some—with the help of the...Read More»

52 prototype x pedals
Auto Safety Bill: Higher Fines, Black Boxes And...Brake Tests?

If you've at all mused that someday Capitol Hill will try to legislate stopping distances, take a deep breath as that time has come—well, almost. All those weighty congressional hearings this past winter have come to fruition—from the House last week, and now the Senate—in freshly drafted...Read More»

2007 Dodge Caliber
2007 Dodge Caliber In New Sticky Accelerator Pedal Probe

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating yet another potential case of sticking accelerator pedals, this time in 2007 Dodge Caliber compacts. According to trade journal Automotive News, the NHTSA has received five complaints of accelerator pedals that stuck in the open...Read More»

2003 Toyota Sequoia
Toyota Recalls Another SUV For Stability Control Issue

Toyota Motor Sales has announced a recall of about 50,000 Sequoia sport-utility vehicles from the 2003 model year for an issue with the electronic stability control system. An issue with the control unit's program logic could cause the stability control to activate at low speed (about 9 mph, Toyota...Read More»

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