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Categories: Recalls

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

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


Toyota Recall Companion Pt. 3: What Akio Had To Say test 1-1

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 . . .


Toyota Recall Companion Pt. 2: The Mighty List

On: Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 4:30PM | By: John Welch


Recalled Avalon test 2


Today Akio Toyoda is in Washington D.C., getting lambasted by the board of GM, err, the US government. We will have a complete report on what was said under the hot lights of the Capitol building, but for the moment we want to make sure that we all know exactly what Toyota vehicles might be disastrously unsafe to drive. The Mighty List, located inside yon post . ..


Toyota Recall Companion Pt. 1: Is Your Camry Trying To Eat You?

On: Sat, Feb 20, 2010 at 10:19AM | By: John Welch


Toyota Recall Companion Pt. 1: Is Your Camry Trying To Eat You? test 1-1

Wow, Toyota, people say that we Americans learned a lot from you, but it appears that you have also taken a few lessons from us. Like the joy that can be gained from abject greed. Or how easily our government can be manipulated for the sake of pure evil. What's the death toll up to again? 30 some-odd Americans?

We will lay out everything there is to know about the Toyota recall over the course of these posts, starting with the newest updates from Toyota.


Big Auto News; Spyker Nabs Saab, Toyota Eats Crow

On: Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 12:16PM | By: John Welch


Big Auto News; Spyker Nabs Saab, Toyota Eats Crow test 1-1

Two huge developments over the last 24 hours, one of which is good, the other, well, not so good. GM has finally unloaded beleaguered Saab, and the little Super-Car company that could, Spyker, is the proud new parent. On a slightly more somber note, Toyota has suspended sales of all of its domestically made vehicles. In other words, no Scions or Lexi, but everything else wearing a Toyota badge . . .


 

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

On: Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 2:34PM | By: John Welch


The Good The Bad and The Ugly test 2

GM is selling so many CUVs they can't make enough of them;

Opel is forced to close a plant in Belgium;

and Toyota just keeps trying to murder us with floormats . . .


Toyota To Reshape And Replace 3.8 Million Gas Pedals.

On: Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 10:23AM | By: Drew Christy


Toyota To Reshape And Replace 3.8 Million Gas Pedals. test 1-1

 

Toyota has announced they will replace the gas pedals on 3.8 million vehicles. This announcement is part of the largest recall in Toyota's history and affects both Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the United States. The company said it will reconfigure the shape of accelerator pedals to cut down on the risk that they may be jammed in the floor mat. In addition, it will replace original equipment floor mats with redesigned mats.

The following models are affected:

  • 2007-2010 Camry
  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2004-2009 Prius
  • 2005-2010 Tacoma
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2007-2010 ES 350
  • 2006-2010 IS 250 and IS350

 

Toyota will start notifying owners of the involved vehicles via first-class mail by the end of this year.  Owners of the involved vehicles are asked to take out any removable driver’s floor mat and not replace it with any other floor mat until the pedal is replaced or modified.

Initially (beginning of 2010) dealers will reshape the current accelerator pedal until a replacement pedal is manufactured. As replacement pedals become available (around April 2010)  customers will have the opportunity to receive a new pedal if they desire.

Owners with questions or concerns, are asked to please contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center (1-800-331-4331) or Lexus Customer Assistance Center (1-800-255-3987), or consult the information posted at http://www.toyota.com and http://www.lexus.com.

We have posted the press release from Toyota after the jump.


Toyota, Dana Must Report On Crusty Truck Frames

On: Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 4:53PM | By: John Welch


Toyota, Dana Must Report On Crusty Truck Frames test 1-1

Nah, Nah - Toyota finally screwed something up. Not that I'm wishing Toyota any bad luck, but MAN, am I sick of their "holierthanthou" reputation in the US market. Finally, after years of hearing all about Toyota's amazing reliability, and their astronomical resale value and their magical fuel economy blahblahblah, they've finally gone and really screwed the pooch. Hard. The pooch has a broken hip.

"Wasn't that 'floor mats' thing a pretty big deal?" you ask. Well, no, not really. Zip-ties solved that problem. Here we have a real serious failure. Here we have an afront to humankind that just cannot be overlooked: The thingee that holds the spare tire in place gets a little rusty . . .. What?!? What a let down!! Is that all??! No, this rust can cause your Tundra's brakes to fail in extreme cases . . . sigh, I was hoping for some sort of grisly catastrophe that involved the Tundra completely imploding on itself, crushing the driver and the driver's dog in a cocoon of twisted metal and shattered glass . . . Toyota, you always let me down . . .


Toyota Issues its largest recall ever in the U.S. over floor mats, 3.8M vehicles affected.

On: Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 11:37PM | By: Drew Christy


Toyota Issues its largest recall ever in the U.S. over floor mats, 3.8M vehicles affected. test 1-1

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a safety alert to the owners of particular Toyota and Lexus models from 2004-2010. This recall affects 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the United States. The alert reports of accelerator pedal clearance issues which provide the potential for an accelerator pedal to get stuck in the full open position. A stuck accelerator may result in very high vehicle speeds and a crash, which could cause serious injury or death.

The following models are affected:

  • 2007-2010 Camry
  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2004-2009 Prius
  • 2005-2010 Tacoma
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2007-2010 ES 350
  • 2006-2010 IS 250 and IS350

Toyota has announced that it will soon launch a safety recall to address the problem with the vehicles listed above. The NHTSA is asking owners of specific Toyota and Lexus models to take out any removable driver’s floormat immediately and NOT replace it with any other floormat until Toyota develops a solution (see photo above?).

Owners with questions or concerns, are asked to please contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center (1-800-331-4331) or Lexus Customer Assistance Center (1-800-255-3987), or consult the information posted at http://www.toyota.com and http://www.lexus.com.

We have posted the press releases from both the NHTSA and Toyota after the jump. Toyota's press release includes instructions on what to do if your gas pedal gets stuck due to floormat interference.


Nissan Recalling over 26,000 2009-2010 Altima and Maxima Sedans

On: Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 12:15PM | By: Drew Christy


Nissan Recalling over 26,000 2009-2010 Altima and Maxima Sedans test 1-1

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall (campaign ID #09V358000) for 2009 and 2010 Nissan Altima and Maxima models to correct a problem with faulty suspension components that may contribute to an accident. This recall involves up to 26,398 vehicles. The problem component has been identified as the upper front strut insulators. The poorly designed insulators may crack, allowing the struts to move out of position which could cause vehicle instability and potentially lead to a crash.

Nissan will replace both the left and right side front strut insulators at no charge to the customer.  The recall is expected to officially begin on October 5; consumers may contact Nissan at 1-800-NISSAN1 (1-800-647-7261), or the NHTSA's Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (1-800-424-9153) for more information.