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Facing Embarrassing Recalls, Toyota Losing Momentum in China

Maker struggling through a series of safety issues linked to “many casualties.”

by on Sep.07, 2011

Toyota recalled the Corolla EX earlier this year.

If China is essential to its future then Toyota may be facing some serious trouble.  The Japanese maker appears to be losing momentum in what has become the world’s largest automotive market, in part due to a series of recalls and other safety-related problems.

China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement that a series of problems, including faulty brakes and broken drive shafts in Toyota vehicles led to accidents that “caused many casualties.”

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The agency didn’t say whether it had asked Toyota for a recall and didn’t give details about the accidents in the statement. However, the parts cited by the Chinese have been identified as a problem in recalls in other markets around the world, notably in the US.