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Categories: Recalls

Infiniti Falls Prey To The Recall Virus

On: Tue, May 4, 2010 at 12:17PM | By: John Welch

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Break out the laudanum and oxygen tents, we've got Recall Fever! Today's lucky contractee, (drummrollllllllllll) Infinity! Or, Infiniti, whichever. Why yes, even Nissan's severely swoopy luxury brand has fallen pray to the Recall virus, just like counterparts Chevrolet and Dodge, yesterday. It's going around folks; Toyota is still taking antibiotics. And having relapses.

Terrible disease, this "Recall Fever." It's so nasty it will even attack parts of the automotive anatomy intended to keep us safe. The Porsche Panamera was affixed with seatbelts whose tendencies leaned more toward "Lynch Mob" than "Luxury Missile." So it seems with Infiniti, we have a similar safety system mutiny. The dreaded Airbag Narcolepsy. Read on for more information on this devastating ailment . . .

GM Recalls 40k 2005-2006 Chevrolet Corvettes for steering column issue.

On: Mon, May 3, 2010 at 3:08PM | By: Drew Christy

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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration announced that General Motors has issued a recall for 2005-2006 Chevrolet Corvettes. The recall is for all Corvette models built between March 2004 and January 2006 with tilt and telescoping steering wheels.

Movement in the steering column could cause signal interruption and illuminate the message “Service Active Handling System” warning light. This problem could also cause the brakes to pull the car to the left or right, thereby causing an accident. This recall affects a total of 40,028 Corvettes. For more information contact the NHTSA’s vehicle safety hot line at 888-327-4236 or call Chevrolet at 800-630-2438.

Gas Pedals Not Up To Caliber

On: Mon, May 3, 2010 at 11:14AM | By: Clay Ritchings

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The Dodge Caliber is being probed for sticky pedal issues. Chrysler says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating a problem with sticky accelerator pedals in the 2007 Dodge Caliber. The NHTSA said, in a document posted on its Web site, five consumers reported that the accelerator pedal became stuck and would not return to the idle position when released. But it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or property damage.

Chrysler says in a statement that the problem is limited to a small number of vehicles built during a five-week period in March and April of 2006. The automaker says the problem appears to be with a parts supplier and is mechanical, not electronic. The parts in question were made by CTS Corp; if that name sounds familiar, it should. CTS is the supplier of pedals involved in Toyota Motor Corp.'s January recall of some 2.1 million vehicles. Chrysler says it will cooperate fully with the investigation. There has been no recall of the vehicles.

Honda Recalls 167,000 Acura Sedans

On: Mon, May 3, 2010 at 7:54AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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In car news this week, according to a recent press release, Honda has recalled over 160,000 Acura TSX Sedans due to a potential safety hazard—a faulty power steering hose and o-ring gasket which has the potential to deteriorate prematurely, possibly resulting in a fire hazard.


Toyota Is Not A Bum!

On: Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 11:15AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Up until recently, Toyota has essentially been the Japanese version of Rocky Balboa.

The little company from Japan threw themselves into the ring with the big three of the automotive world (you can decide who was Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, and Ivan Drago). On October 31, 1957 Toyota Motor Sales dressed up like one of the heavyweight American car companies for the very first time. They set up shop on US soil in what was essentially the automotive version of a dingy gymnasium: An abandoned Rambler dealership in Hollywood, California. The brazen car company started selling cars the very next year, and sold about as many cars as there are two syllable words in Rocky's vocabulary. An underwhelming 288 vehicles in all staggered off the floors, 287 Crown sedans and one whole Land Cruiser. The future looked bleak for the heavy underdog of the automotive world.

But Toyota was not to be denied. The Landcruiser continued as the flagship model until Toyota hit the market with a stunning flurry of blows to their opponents. The extremely popular Corona was introduced in 1965; that helped nearly triple sales almost overnight.

Then Toyota brought the haymaker, in 1968, in the form of the Corolla, the car that would end up being the most popular automobile ever produced. After a few decades of dedication (running up mountains, doing tons of sit-ups, and chopping down trees presumably), Toyota worked at building a solid, practical, safe car for the entire middle class. The little upstart company stood toe-to-toe with the big boys for 12 rounds of showroom floor battle and did not falter. They had arrived, and proved they should not be underestimated any longer.

From 1990-2007 Toyota more than doubled its share in the US market, going from 7.5% to 16.3%. With an eye on value and reliability, Toyota grew into a juggernaut with cars like the Camry that became the most popular car sold in the United States 11 out of 12 years from 1996-2008. Then the Prius became the first mass produced hybrid, and the first hybrid to sell a million vehicles in May of 2008. Even with the economic problems in that same year,

Toyota TKO'd GM as global sales champion, and became the first automaker to hold the title, other than The General, since 1931. It would be a glorious finish to a movie, but alas life does not always imitate art.

Toyota Recalls Sequoia SUVs To Address Stability Control

On: Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 2:21AM | By: Clay Ritchings

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We all heard about Toyota's problem with unintended acceleration, right? Well, now there are problems with the 2003 Sequoia's lack of acceleration. The recall is triggered by complaints that the stability control activated at times it should not. In such cases, the vehicle's stability control system—which regulates the vehicle's brakes and engine to help control a lack of traction while cornering—can needlessly kick in at lower speeds, thus making the truck go slower than the driver wants. This sounds like a big safety issue to me; can you imagine trying to merge into heavy traffic, and you hit the gas, and you are going nowhere—fast? I can see the dump truck in my rearview mirror now…

Apparently this problem has been going on since the fall of 2003 and Toyota has been replacing the skid control units when customers complained. If you own a Sequoia, have no fear; starting in late May, Toyota will send letters to all affected Sequoia owners included in this recall. The automaker is also will reimburse customers who were charged for the fix when the work was done after their warranty ended.

Steve St. Angelo, Toyota's chief quality officer for North America, said, “Toyota is committed to investigating customer complaints more aggressively and to responding quickly to issues we identify in our vehicles. As a result, we are voluntarily launching this recall to ensure that as many 2003 Sequoias as possible are serviced to the full satisfaction of our customers.”

More details and answers to questions are available to customers at http://www.toyota.com/recall and at the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331. You can read the press release after the jump.

Toyota Includes Lexus in Recall

On: Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 9:35AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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In recent car news, it seems that Toyota may be under the microscope again.  After many months of scrutiny, and several recalls for issues such as defective accelerator pedals, Toyota Corporation recently announced that they will recall the Lexus GX 460.  The SUV will be recalled after Consumer Reports rated the Lexus SUV a safety risk, issuing a “don’t buy” recommendation on April 13th.

Toyota AgreesTo Pay $16.4 Million U.S. Fine

On: Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 3:59PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Toyota Motor Corporation agreed to pay the largest fine in history, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for allegations of not reporting safety problems in vehicles with defective accelerator pedals for 4 months. According to the NHTSA, the law states that any safety issue must be reported within 5 business days. Since Toyota failed to do so, a monetary fine was assessed for $16.4 million, the maximum penalty that NHTSA can assign.

Those Who Cast Stones

On: Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 8:48AM | By: Benjamin Roussey

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Sixteen million dollars may not be that much, but with an industry that barely escapes with razor thin a margin, that’s a hefty speeding ticket. Toyota Motor Company is the company in question and they were clobbered with a record-breaking penalty.

Toyota, which was once sparkling clean, has been inundated with bad press. They are facing mounting private lawsuits and, if they pay this $16.4 million penalty levied against them from the Transportation Department, it could be a tacit admission of guilt. With that said, the public knows that many lawyers are greedy and are known for ambulance chasing. Is that the case here? There have been some individuals who have made complaints against Toyota but it has been proven they fabricated the story, made fallacious accusations, and has blatantly lied. For instance, your car is not going to stop quickly enough, in most cases, if you never attempted to press on the brake

Toyota Attempting To Block Executive Testimony

On: Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 11:48AM | By: John Welch

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LLCoolT! The Lawyers Love Cool Toyota! Toyota has dug such a bottomless pit for themselves, that even instances where it is hard to believe that the Toyota vehicle caused a death, and not driver error, acquire nasty headlines like "Toyota Attempting To Block Executive Testimony!!!" I mean, I'm sorry, Toyota; I tend to side with you on this one, but that is the headline because that is what's happening.

So, just the facts, Friday. A 78-year-old woman, Guadalupe Alberto, was driving a 2005 Toyota Camry when it accelerated out of control, veering towards and smashing into an oak tree, killing Mrs. Alberto instantly. This happened in Flint, Michigan in April of 2008. The family is attempting to take Toyota to the cleaners.

Uhm, well, no offense, but the elderly may have mistaken a gas pedal for a brake pedal once or twice over the course of American history. That being said, Tough Rocks, Toyota! You sold cars that thrash, kill, and maim, youse got's dis come'n!

Toyota Recall Companion Pt. 3: What Akio Had To Say

On: Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 2:51PM | By: John Welch

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Mark McGwire was a hell of a baseball player. On the field, he was unstoppable. In court, not so much. Same with Roger Clemens. Testifying just wasn't their bag. How about Akio Toyoda? How did he fare against the awkward jabs and sideways questions presented to him on Capitol Hill?

Enter the post, and decide for yourself . . .