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Toyota probe turns from sudden acceleration to sudden stalling

Just as the nation’s fixation on Toyota’s sudden acceleration problem started to fade, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it would intensify its investigations of another safety concern: sudden stalling. Drivers of Toyota Corolla and Matrix cars have filed more than a thousand complaints with NHTSA and Toyota alleging their vehicles suddenly lost power while in motion. The problem has been reported in 2005, 2006, and 2007 model year Corollas and Matrixes. In March, amidst the controversy surrounding Toyota’s widespread sudden acceleration defect, NHTSA received a letter from Toyota’s regulator manager Chris Santucci requesting a meeting with regulators to ... Read More

Some Toyota drivers may get complete pedal replacement

Toyota has sent a memo to its dealerships telling them to offer a complete pedal replacement to certain customers whose vehicles were recalled for the sticky accelerator defect. To receive the replacement pedal, customers must already have had their gas pedal modified under Toyota’s sticking accelerator pedal recall and they must express dissatisfaction with the repair. Toyota agreed to offer replacement pedals after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration logged more than 60 sudden acceleration complaints from drivers whose cars had been repaired. Toyota recalled approximately 2.3 million cars and trucks in January after announcing that accelerator pedal performance could ... Read More

Toyota, NHTSA to investigate engine stall in Corollas

While Toyota Corollas have the potential to accelerate suddenly and unintentionally, now there is mounting concern that they may also do the opposite: stall out while in motion. On March 2, 2010, a Toyota executive sent a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requesting a meeting with regulators to discuss investigating the possibility that electronic system flaws create a stall risk in about 1.2 million Corollas. Chris Santucci, Toyota’s regulatory manager who used to work for NHTSA, told NHTSA officials in the letter that “Toyota does not believe that the alleged defect creates an unreasonable risk to motor ... Read More

Transportation secretary says people should stop driving recalled Toyotas

Toyota’s recent recall of 2.3 million cars and sport utility vehicles over “sticking” accelerator pedals follows a larger recall last October of 4.2 million vehicles for possible floor mat entrapment. The recalls have created an undercurrent of fear of confusion among Toyota owners, many of whom no longer feel their cars are safe to drive. Apparently, the Department of Transportation is as confused as everyone else. Testifying before a House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation this morning, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that owners of the recalled Toyota models should stop driving their vehicles them until Toyota is able to repair ... Read More

Toyota recalls include the Pontiac Vibe

All the news about Toyota’s record-breaking recalls and its week-old production and sales suspension have made it easy to forget about the Pontiac Vibe, the hybrid car that General Motors manufactured for the 2009 and 2010 model years. But what does a General Motors car have to do with the Toyota recalls? A true hybrid in more ways than one, the Vibe is actually a spin-off of the Toyota Matrix and Corolla. Toyota actually manufactured all three vehicles at the now-defunct New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI) plant in Fremont, California. NUMMI was a joint venture between General Motors and ... Read More

Toyota begins repairing “sticky” gas pedals

Indiana-based CTS Corporation is cooperating with Toyota by sending new gas pedal assemblies to replace the ones Toyota claims are potentially defective, but the supplier says that the new pedals won’t solve the sudden acceleration problem that afflicts so many Toyota vehicles. Toyota issued a recall of 2.3 million cars and sport utility vehicles in January, on top of the 4.2 million vehicles it recalled in September the potential to accelerate unexpectedly — a problem Toyota says is caused by floor mat interference with the gas pedal. The auto manufacturer then suspended sales and further production of all the models ... Read More

Federal government ordered Toyota production and sales suspension

Yesterday, Toyota ran full-page advertisements in more than 20 major American newspapers to tell customers that its decision to suspend production and sales of many of its top-selling vehicles is just a “Temporary pause. To put you first,” as the headline proclaims. “Why have we taken this unprecedented action?” Toyota asks in the ad. “Because it’s the right thing to do for our customers.” However, Transportation Secretary Roy LaHood’s told Chicago radio station WGN last week that the federal government pressed the company to halt production of the vehicles. “The reason Toyota decided to do the recall and to stop ... Read More

Toyota adds more vehicles to unintended acceleration recall

Toyota announced that it will recall more than a million other cars and trucks in the United States over concerns that the vehicles could accelerate suddenly and unintentionally. The world’s largest car manufacturer added approximately 1.09 million to the recall list of 4.2 million vehicles that it originally announced last September. Toyota claims that the floor mats in these vehicles can become locked with the gas pedal, trapping it in an open position and causing the vehicle to accelerate unexpectedly. The new additions to the sudden acceleration recall include the 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Venza, 2009-2010 Matrix, and 2009-2010 ... Read More

Toyota adds more vehicles to sudden acceleration recall

Toyota announced that it will recall more than a million other cars and trucks in the United States over concerns that the vehicles could accelerate suddenly and unintentionally. The world’s largest car manufacturer added approximately 1.09 million to the recall list of 4.2 million vehicles that it originally announced last September. Toyota claims that the floor mats in these vehicles can become locked with the gas pedal, trapping it in an open position and causing the vehicle to accelerate unexpectedly. The new additions to the sudden acceleration recall include the 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Venza, 2009-2010 Matrix, and 2009-2010 ... Read More

Pedal manufacturer says it’s not to blame for Toyota problems, recalls

In its latest recall involving 2.3 million vehicles, Toyota said that the throttle assemblies in eight models could wear over time, causing the gas pedal to stick in open position, return to idle too slowly, or generally become less responsive. Today, the manufacturer of those throttle mechanisms, CTS Corporation, issued a statement firmly insisting that its parts are not responsible for any of the unintended acceleration incidents involving Toyota vehicles. Toyota’s recall this month of vehicles with sticking accelerator pedals is separate from the record recall it announced last September of more than 4 million vehicles in response to reports ... Read More