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Toyota Recalling 1.67 Million Cars Globally

Maker’s actions affect 423,000 US vehicles.

by on Oct.15, 2014

Lexus GS sedans built between 2005 and 2010 are part of a larger recall due to faulty fuel delivery pipes.

Toyota is recalling 1.67 million vehicles worldwide, including 423,000 in the United States, for problems ranging from potential fuel leaks to faulty brake cylinders to defective emissions equipment.

The recall that impacts U.S. owners stems from a fuel delivery pipe that may leak. If it does, it’s possible that it could start a vehicle fire. The recall impacts 795,000 globally, including the aforementioned 423,000 units in the U.S.

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The vehicles affected include Toyota Crown, Crown Majesta and Mark X cars and Lexus IS, GS and LS sedans built from January 2005 to September 2010. While no injuries or accidents have resulted from the problem, complaints from the U.S. began in late 2010. (more…)

Toyota Makes it Three Recalls in One Day

Faulty airbag software added to list, along with defective brakes and spare tires that can fall off.

by on May.22, 2014

The new 2014 Toyota Highlander's airbags could misfire due to a software glitch.

Three’s a charm. Well, maybe not when it comes to recalls. Toyota has now added a third recall for the day, bringing to 430,500 the number of vehicles sold in the U.S. covered by the various safety actions which involve corrosion problems, faulty brakes and defective airbag software.

The latest actions mean the U.S. recall count is rapidly racing upwards towards an all-time record, with Toyota covering more individual vehicles than any other manufacturer but General Motors this year.

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The largest of the three new recalls covers 370,000 Toyota Sienna minivans sold between the 2004 and 2011 model-years and registered in colder climate states. The problem centers around corrosion that can be triggered by road salt and can cause the spare tire of the vans to fall off if their supporting cable rusts out.


Toyota Announces Two Recalls Covering 380,000 Vehicles

Rust and brake pedal problems with minivans and luxury sedans.

by on May.22, 2014

The Toyota minivan is targeted for recall due to potential corrosion problems that could cause its spare tire to fall off.

The U.S. recall count continues nudging towards an all-time record, Toyota the latest maker to announce a large-scale safety-related callback. More precisely, two separate service actions impacting a total of 380,000 vehicles sold in the U.S.

The largest of the two new recalls covers 370,000 Toyota Sienna minivans sold between the 2004 and 2011 model-years and registered in colder climate states. The problem centers around corrosion that can be triggered by road salt and can cause the spare tire of the vans to fall off if their supporting cable rusts out.

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The tires are stored under the vehicle and a foam splash protector in front of the spare tire carrier may actually wind up allowing high concentrations of salt to build up and eventually corrode the spare tire carrier assembly.


Toyota Recalling 370,000 Hybrids, Luxury Models

Vehicles could unexpectedly stall in traffic.

by on Sep.04, 2013

The Lexus RX 400h was previously covered by an unintended acceleration recall.

Toyota is recalling about 370,000 hybrids and other vehicles due a pair of safety-related problems, the maker announced, the vast majority of them sold here in the United States.

Roughly half of the affected vehicles are hybrids, including the Lexus RX400h produced between 2006 and 2008 and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid sold between the 2006 and 2010 model-years.

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According to Toyota, a defective circuit in the hybrid electronic control system can overheat.  That can trigger a warning system though, in some instances, the problem can result in the vehicles suddenly and unexpectedly stopping, a potentially risky situation while driving in traffic.


Toyota Recalls Nearly 800,000 Hybrids, SUVs.

Suspension systems could fail.

by on Aug.02, 2012

The Toyota RAV4 gets hit with a big recall.

Toyota has been stung by another recall, this one forcing it to notify owners of nearly 800,000 RAV4 SUVs and Lexus HS 250h hybrids that the rear suspensions on their vehicles could fail.

The recall is just the latest in a seemingly fast-increasing series of safety-related service actions that have impacted virtually every major automaker in recent weeks, a lit most recently including Ford, Honda and Mazda.  Meanwhile, federal safety investigators are busy investigating a series of additional reports that could result in still more recalls.

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Toyota’s latest recall covers 760,000 RAV4 crossover-utility vehicles sold between the 2006 through 2011 model-years, as well as another 18,000 Lexus HS 250h hybrids sold in model-year 2010.


Senator Questions if Toyota Got Free Ride in Unintended Acceleration Investigation

Iowa’s Grassley says “key questions…unanswered.”

by on Jul.12, 2012

Iowa's GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley wants NHTSA to take a closer look at Toyota's problems with Unintended Acceleration.

Did Toyota get off too easily after it was largely cleared by a pair of investigations looking into the maker’s problems with so-called Unintended Acceleration?

That’s a possibility being raised by Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, who has sent a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, questioning the results of two studies conducted for the agency, in particular one done by NASA that found no evidence of electronic gremlins that might cause Toyota vehicles to race out of control.

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“Key questions about the cause of unintended acceleration remain unanswered,” the veteran lawmaker wrote in a letter to NHTSA Director David Strickland.


Lexus Facing New Unintended Acceleration Recall

Two RX crossovers targeted for “floor mat entrapment.”

by on Jun.29, 2012

Lexus will recall nearly 150,000 RX models due to an unintended acceleration-related problem.

Having hoped to put its embarrassing unintended acceleration scandal behind it, Lexus is now recalling two more models due to the possibility loose floor mats could cause accelerator pedals to jam, leading the vehicles to surge out of control.

The two models covered by the latest recall are the Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid, with a total of nearly 134,000 vehicles involved.  The new service actions are relatively modest when compared to the millions of vehicles covered by earlier sudden acceleration problems, but the latest recall puts Toyota back into the spotlight after having spent the last several years trying to rebuild its reputation for high quality and reliability.

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“It was just beginning to fade from people’s memories,” said analyst Rebecca Lindland, of IHS Automotive.  “This is like scratching an old wound.”

Arguably the worst public relations crisis in Toyota Motor Co. history began in mid-2009 when a California Highway Patrol officer and several family members were killed when a Lexus they had borrowed surged out of control, plunging off a highway and bursting into flames.


Toyota Recalling 82,000 Hybrid SUVs

Announcement follows news Toyota’s debt downgraded.

by on Jun.29, 2011

The Lexus RX400h is one of two Toyota hybrid SUVs affected by the latest safety recall.

Toyota will recall more than 82,000 hybrid SUVs sold in the United States due to potential wiring defects.

The news is another setback for the Japanese giant, which has been struggling to regain control over its quality after a series of safety-related problems that led it to recall more than 10 million vehicles last year – and which have spurred a flurry of lawsuits now working their way through the courts.

The new recall comes as the credit rating agency Moody’s Investor Services downgrades Toyota’s debt and warns that the maker’s problems may be serious enough to warrant another downgrade in the coming months.  (Click Here for that story.)

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The latest recall involves 45,500 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUVs and 36,700 Lexus RX400h hybrid crossovers sold in the U.S. during the 2006 and 2007 model-years.

According to the maker, the hybrids may have computer boards with improperly soldered connections.  Under “high-load” driving conditions those connections could break.  In turn, a vehicle might either operate at reduced power for a short distance or coast to a stop.


Toyota Recalling 2.2 mil More Vehicles Due to Gas Pedal Jamming

News comes after maker seemingly cleared in federal unintended acceleration investigation.

by on Feb.24, 2011

Added to Toyota's long recall list.

Toyota will recall another 2.2 million vehicles in the U.S. to fix a problem that could lead those products to suddenly surge out of control, it announced today.

The move was an unexpected and seemingly self-inflicted setback for a company that seemed poised to put the ongoing issue of so-called “unintended acceleration” behind it.  The announcement comes a year and a day after Toyota’s top U.S. executive, Jim Lentz, apologized to Congress for delaying action on the runaway car problem.  But it also follows by less than two weeks news that a federal investigation had ruled out mysterious electronic gremlins that might cause Toyota products to surge out of control.

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This is the third major recall by the Japanese maker to deal with unintended acceleration since October 2009 – and could raise questions about why it has taken Toyota so long to act.  Last year, the maker paid a record total of $48.8 million in federal fines for failing to act promptly on safety issues, including problems with sticky accelerator pedals.


Toyota Recalls Push Into 2011 as 245,000 Lexus Sedans Are Targeted

Global total to top 1.7 million.

by on Jan.26, 2011

Targeted for recall, the 2007 Lexus GS.

Despite recent protestations by a senior Toyota executive that the worst of the maker’s safety problems are behind it, the Japanese giant is getting 2011 off to a shaky start.

The potentially faulty installation of fuel pressure sensors is forcing the maker to recall 245,000 sedans in the U.S.  And, unusually, the recall is significantly larger overseas, where repairs will be needed on another 1.5 million Toyota vehicles – for a total of more than 1.7 million products.

The overseas recalls involves vehicles with defects that could lead to a gasoline leak, Toyota revealed.

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The U.S. recall involves 2006 and 2007 Lexus GS 300 and GS 350 models, 2006 – 2008 Lexus IS 350 sedans, and 2006 – 2009 IS 250 models.  A wide range of passenger cars, minivans and crossovers are being called back in Europe and Japan, including the maker’s Japanese premium model, the Toyota Crown.

In a Detroit appearance, earlier this month, Toyota’s top U.S. executive suggested that the maker has “regained” some of the ground it lost last year as a result of its seemingly endless series of safety issues.  They included problems not only with so-called unintended acceleration, but also brake and steering issues and even excessive corrosion that could cause parts to fall off Toyota Sienna minivans.