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Toyota Recalls 2.8 Mil Prius Hybrids, Other Models

Follows a month after maker’s biggest recall ever.

by on Nov.14, 2012

The Prius and four other Toyota hybrids are covered by the maker's latest large-scale recall.

A month after announcing its biggest single recall ever, Toyota has revealed some new quality problems that will force it to make safety-related repairs on another 2.8 million vehicles – including its high-profile Prius hybrid models.

The news could deliver a further blow to the Japanese giant’s image despite having landed atop the latest Consumer Reports Automotive Reliability Study. It also puts Toyota in a position where it again is vying with Japanese rival Honda for the dubious distinction of having the most vehicles of any manufacturer recalled in the U.S. this year.

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The newest recall is the result of a water pump problem and a steering shaft defect. These can result in steering problems with a variety of Toyota products using the components.  The maker commonly shares parts on numerous models to reduce costs – but that approach risks the possibility of creating widespread recalls if there’s a problem. In this case, two problems may exist on the same vehicle.

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Toyota Recalling 500,000 Vehicles

Further setback to maker’s turnaround plans.

by on Nov.09, 2011

The recall covers a wide range of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, including the Camry Solara.

Toyota Motor Co. will recall about 550,000 vehicles – most of them in the U.S. – due to problems that could make the Lexus and Toyota models difficult to steer.

The announcement comes as the latest setback to an automaker that had hoped to end 2011 in full turnaround mode after a lengthy safety and quality scandal followed by sharp production cutbacks due to Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami.  But the latest recall instead comes as Toyota is scaling back production at factories around the world due to flooding in Thailand which has left it short of critical parts.

Production problems and consequent inventory shortages resulted in a sharp, 18.5% decline in Toyota’s earnings for the July – September quarter, the maker announced yesterday. (For more on that story, Click Here.)

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The latest recall brings to 14 million the number of vehicles Toyota has recalled worldwide since it revealed the first of several callbacks for so-called unintended acceleration in October 2009.  The new problem involves a wide range of products, from the Toyota Camry sedan and Sienna minivan to the Lexus RX400h hybrid – more than 80% of which were sold in the U.S.

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