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Toyota Congressional Hearings: What to Expect

Toyota Congressional Hearings: What to Expect

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, is embroiled in two controversial U.S. recalls for unintended acceleration involving ~5.3 million vehicles so far, and sluggish-to-sticking accelerator pedals, at least 2.3 million vehicles. In addition, this week Toyota is...
GM Claims Pontiac Vibe is Safe to Drive

GM Claims Pontiac Vibe is Safe to Drive

Neither the Toyota unintended acceleration floor mat recall, nor last week’s sticking pedal recall should give Pontiac Vibe owners any cause for concern, according to General Motors. Even though the Vibe shares a common platform with the recalled Toyota Corolla and...
Toyota Europe Recalls Eight Models for Bad Pedals

Toyota Europe Recalls Eight Models for Bad Pedals

Toyota Motor Europe officially announced this morning the recall of eight Toyota models in Europe for the same sticking pedal problem that has the U.S. Congress demanding public hearings. The vehicles are among the most popular in its European range....
Is Your Town “EV-Ready”?

Is Your Town “EV-Ready”?

The battery cars are coming, or so say most automotive experts.  According to one recent report, as many as 40 battery-based products, including plug-in hybrids and pure battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, will be on the market by 2014. But if you’re a fan of the...
Honda Joins Recall List With Fit Subcompact

Honda Joins Recall List With Fit Subcompact

Honda Motor Co. will recall more than 600,000 of its subcompact Fit hatchbacks due to a potential fire hazard, the maker announced today. The problem is the result of a defect master power window switch that could leak and, in some cases, cause a fire.  So far, the...
First Drive: 2010 Hyundai Tucson

First Drive: 2010 Hyundai Tucson

It wasn’t all that long ago that Korean-made products lagged low on the list of models automotive journalists sought to review.  And they weren’t held in all that much higher esteem by the motoring public.  But anyone who still thinks of cars like the Pony when the...

CTS Says Toyota Responsible for Pedal Recall

The chairman of CTS, a global manufacturer of  recalled gas pedals by Toyota Motor Sales, told investors during an earnings conference call today that the problem was caused by environmental conditions that went beyond Toyota’s design specifications for the...