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Toyota Facing Federal Fire Investigation – Could Impact Over 800,000 Vehicles

Follows reports of fires in doors of Camry, RAV-4 models.

by on Feb.10, 2012

The 2007 Toyota Camry faces an investigation into possible fire problems.

As many as 830,000 Toyota sedans and crossovers could be involved as federal safety regulators open an investigation into reports of fires in the driver’s side doors of the maker’s popular Camry sedan and RAV-4 crossover.

Six fires have so far been reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the problem appears to be linked to problems with the power window switch in the driver’s door.

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The investigation focuses on Camry and RAV-4 vehicles sold during the 2007 model-year.  It is uncertain whether the problem could expand to other models.  Toyota has a practice of sharing underlying parts and components – such as switches and controls — in a wide variety of products as a result, the maker’s recalls often extend to a number of different models from a particular model-year resulting in extremely large recalls.


Feds Clear Toyota in Sudden Acceleration Investigation

NASA/NHTSA study finds no mysterious electronic gremlins.

by on Feb.08, 2011

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda with the Prius V hybrid.

A 10-month government investigation has cleared Toyota of charges that its products might be unexpectedly surging out of control due to mysterious electronic gremlins.

The study, conducted for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in cooperation with the space agency, NASA, explored possible causes of what has come to be known as either unintended acceleration or sudden acceleration in Toyota cars.  But researchers found no fault with the automaker’s electronic throttle control systems, the Department of Transportation reported Tuesday.

“We enlisted the best and brightest engineers to study Toyota’s electronics systems, and the verdict is in. There is no electronic-based cause for unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyotas,” declared U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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That’s a major reversal of the position the administration’s top transportation official took barely a year ago, when Toyota announced the second in a series of recalls addressing mechanical problems that have been linked to runaway vehicles.  At one point, LaHood told reporters he thought motorists should park Toyota products until they were repaired.


Walking More Dangerous Than Driving Unrepaired Toyota, Expert Testifies

Washington panel told risk of sudden acceleration fatalities extremely low.

by on Oct.12, 2010

You're safer driving a recalled Toyota than walking, according to testimony to the NAS, anyway.

Mile per mile, you’re far more likely to die simply going for a walk than driving a recalled Toyota model that hasn’t been repaired, a key witness testified during hearings in Washington.

And the likelihood is even lower if the vehicle has been repaired, said Prof. Paul Fischbeck, of Carnegie Mellon University, during a hearing by the National Academy of Sciences.

The NAS is one of the groups that has been charged by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) with investigating the sudden acceleration crisis that began when Toyota announced the first of two recalls one year ago this month.

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Since then, the maker says, it has made repairs to 3.7 million of the 6 million vehicles covered by those two recalls – one to deal with the possibility loose carpets and mats could jam the throttle pedal, the other because of sticky accelerators – about 62%.  That’s roughly in line with what most manufacturers experience when they issue a safety recall, though the maker has expressed its goal of repairing every possible vehicle involved in the sudden acceleration problem.


Toyota Recalls a Million Corolla and Matrix Models

Add another million or so to the growing Toyota defect list.

by on Aug.26, 2010

More than a million Corollas in the U.S. and an unknown amount globally are recalled.

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 1.13 million 2005-2008 Model Year Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles sold in North America.

Defective engine control modules are the latest safety defect at the beleaguered Japanese company.

On vehicles equipped with the 1ZZ-FE engine and two-wheel drive, a crack may develop at solder points or on the electronic component used to protect circuits against excessive voltage (varistor) on the ECM’s circuit board.

In most but not all cases, Toyota says if a crack occurs the check engine may illuminate, harsh shifting could result, or the engine may not start. In some instances, if cracking occurs on particular solder points or varistors, the engine could stop while the vehicle is being driven.


There are three unconfirmed accidents alleged to be related to this defect, one of which reported a minor injury.

As part of the recall, the ECM on involved vehicles will be replaced at no charge to the owner as is required by U.S. regulations.


Another Major Safety Investigation Targets Toyota

Best-seller Corolla, Matrix face new troubles over stalling.

by on Aug.26, 2010

A new NHTSA investigation targets potentially faulty circuit boards that could cause engine stalling with the 2005 - 07 Corolla and Matrix.

Toyota is facing yet another major investigation, involving what has been one of the company’s best-selling vehicles.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has launched a new investigation into possible defects with the maker’s Corolla and Matrix models, sold between 2005 and 2007, which reportedly face problems with unexpected engine stalling.

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If the NHTSA investigation validates claims of a safety defect, Toyota could be pushed to order a recall of 1.2 million vehicles.  The situation compounds the Japanese automaker’s already severe safety-related problems, more than 8 million of its vehicles being recalled since last October due to two separate sudden acceleration-related defects.  Over a million more products, from the Toyota Tundra pickup to the Lexus HS250h hybrid, have been called back for reports covering everything from severe corrosion to leak fuel tanks.

(Jeep under investigation for fuel tank leaks involving up to 3 million vehicles. Click Here for more.)

Problems involving Corolla come at a particularly bad time considering both the increased competition in the compact car segment – and investigations into other problems with the popular Japanese product.