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Driver complaints to NHTSA reveal Toyota recall repairs aren’t working

Quality Control Systems, a statistical analysis and research firm based in Crownsville, Maryland, has been publishing new complaints of sudden, unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles as they are received by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency has taken a special interest in sudden acceleration incidents that occur after the vehicles involved have been “repaired” under one or more of the safety recalls. Make : TOYOTA Model : COROLLA Year : 2010 Manufacturer : TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION Crash : Yes Fire : No Number of Injuries: 0 ODI ID Number : 10318389 Number of Deaths: 0 Date of Failure: ... 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

Traffic fatalities fall for fourth consecutive year

At a time when the news is full of reports of cars accelerating out of control and crashing, drivers texting behind the wheel and car roofs crushed in deadly rollovers, here’s some welcome news: the number of people killed in U.S. traffic accidents is the lowest since 1954. According to the Transportation Department’s estimates, the total number of traffic deaths in the U.S. fell nearly nine percent last year from 37,261 to 33,963. The latest numbers represent the continuation of a downward trend that has been in place since 2005, when annual traffic fatalities peaked at 43,510. Transportation Secretary Ray ... Read More

Toyota sacrificed quality in its race to become number one

When Toyota’s former president Katsuaki Watanabe met with American investors for the first time, he bragged about the accomplishments he made in his three short months with the company. Assuming the reigns of the world’s second-largest car company (GM was number one at the time), Watanabe wanted to be the leader who made Toyota number one, and he succeeded. But now the veil is being pulled from the successful legacy Watanabe so proudly designed and showcased, exposing an alarming betrayal of all the very things that made Toyota great — its dedication to quality, the reliability and safety of its cars, ... Read More

Prius drivers continue to experience sudden acceleration

Another Toyota Prius that had already been serviced under the floor mat recall accelerated suddenly Wednesday when its owner, a 56-year-old New York housekeeper, was leaving a driveway. Police in the town of Harrison, New York, just north of New York City, say that the 2005 silver-gray Prius accelerated suddenly, shot across the street, and careened into a stone wall. According to police at the scene, the woman was fortunate to have escaped serious injury because damage to the car was extensive. Investigators haven’t been able to determine yet how fast the car might have been traveling when it collided ... Read More

NHTSA, Toyota examining runaway Prius for electronic defects

At this point, one has to ask wonder if Toyota will ever figure out what’s causing so many of its cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles to accelerate suddenly and unintentionally. It seems like every time the company says that electronic throttle controls aren’t to blame, another car takes off like a rocket. Just hours after Toyota executives finished a presentation Monday about how an electronic malfunction couldn’t be the cause of the sudden, unintended acceleration problems in its cars, another incident occurred that confirmed the opposite. This time, 61-year-old James Sikes was driving his 2008 Prius on Interstate 8 ... Read More

Toyota owners describe acceleration incidents after recall repairs

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it continues to receive reports from Toyota drivers that their cars are speeding out of control, even after the recall repairs have been performed on the vehicles. According to research conducted by the Associated Press, at least 15 owners of Toyota vehicles have filed complaints to the NHTSA saying that their cars and trucks continued to experience sudden unintended acceleration after the recall fixes were made. One such owner, Stewart Stogel of Mt. Vernon, New York, who did not file a complaint with the NHTSA, told the AP that his 2009 Camry ... Read More

NHTSA contacts Toyota drivers who report post-repair sudden acceleration incidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is finally taking some proactive measures to get to the bottom of an ongoing controversy involving Toyota cars and trucks: can the electronic throttle controls cause sudden unintended acceleration in the recalled vehicles? Federal regulators are now contacting owners of Toyota vehicles who reported experiencing sudden acceleration incidents after their cars were repaired under the current floor mat entrapment and sticky accelerator pedal recalls. “If Toyota owners are still experiencing sudden acceleration incidents after taking their cars to the dealership, we want to know about it,” NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said in a statement Wednesday. ... Read More

congress says Toyota deceptive and NHTSA incompetent

The House Energy and Commerce Committee sharply criticized Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for their handling of the sudden acceleration problems that have afflicted Toyota vehicles for several years. The criticism was expressed in two separate letters delivered on the eve of the Committee’s recall hearings. In a letter addressed to Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. president James Lentz, Committee chairman Henry Waxman and subcommittee chairman Bart Stupak accused the auto manufacturer of consistently dismissing the possibility that electronic failures could be at fault for sudden unintended acceleration incidents. The Committee said that Toyota based its conclusions on ... Read More

New Corolla recall, investigation looms for Toyota

The major recalls that have tarnished Toyota’s previously stellar reputation for safety and quality may have signaled just the beginning of its troubles as yet another recall appears likely, this time involving the Corolla, the second best-selling car in the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said yesterday that it has received 168 complaints from Corolla owners concerning steering problems. The drivers say that their Corollas became “unresponsive or loose while driving at highway speeds.” Eight crashes and 11 injuries tied to the Corolla’s alleged steering defect have been reported. The investigation and possible recall encompass half a million ... Read More