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Toyota expands Takata airbag recall; adds another six million vehicles worldwide

Nearly six million more Toyota vehicles are now under recall worldwide due to the infamous and ever-growing Takata airbag recall. The deadly defect within the Takata airbags has been linked to as many as 16 fatalities thus far, as well as several injuries. Toyota claims the latest Takata airbag recall spans across 1.4 million vehicles in Europe, 1.1 million in Japan and another 820,000 in China. All of the vehicles affected were manufactured from April 2006 through December 2014. Toyota is now responsible for recalling more than 23 million vehicles worldwide containing the defective airbags, including the following U.S. vehicles: ... Read More

Toyota announces Prius recall following “reports of crashes, injuries and deaths”

Toyota Motor Corp. has announced a recall of nearly 340,000 of its newly designed Prius gasoline hybrid model in both Japan and overseas due to a potentially dangerous issue involving the vehicle’s parking brake. “On the involved vehicles, there is a possibility that the parking brake could become inoperative,” Toyota said Wednesday in a statement. “If this occurs and the driver exits the vehicle with the transmission in a gear other than ‘Park’ while the ignition is on, the vehicle could roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.” The Prius recall involves 2016 and 2017 models produced from August ... Read More

Toyota expands its Takata airbag recall to include more models of Corolla and Lexus vehicles

The Takata airbag recall continues to grow at an expedient rate with Toyota announcing that it will recall almost 200,000 more vehicles worldwide. The recalled Toyota vehicles are believed to feature defective Takata airbag inflators, which may cause the vehicle’s front passenger airbags to explode upon impact. The Toyota recall will expand on previous recalls to include more of its vehicles, including the 2008 Corolla, 2008 Corolla Matrix, as well as the Lexus SC430 from model years 2008 through 2010. Although there have been no reports of the vehicles’ airbags rupturing, the automaker is recalling the cars equipped with the ... Read More

Toyota recall announced after reports that side airbags could deploy from the roof; undisclosed injuries

Nearly 320,000 older model Toyota vehicles are now under recall due to the automaker’s discovery of an issue with the vehicle’s airbags. Toyota claims the defective side airbags may deploy from the roof during certain crashes. The following Toyota vehicles are included in this recall:  2003-06 Toyota Land Cruiser, 2004-06 4Runner, 2005-06 Tundra, 2005-06 Sequoia, 2003-06 Lexus LX 470 and 2004-06 Lexus GX 470. The side airbag defect stems from what Toyota refers to as “improper programming in the airbag control modules,” which could result in the airbags and seat belt pretensioners incorrectly triggering in specific situations once the vehicle ... Read More

Toyota issues its second-largest recall to date of more than 6.3 million cars globally

Nearly 30 models of more than 6.3 million Toyota vehicles are currently being recalled in Japan, the U.S., Europe and various locations globally in the auto maker’s second-largest recall in company history. Some of the models under recall include the RAV4, Corolla, Highlander, Tacoma, Matrix, Highlander and Yaris. Although no crashes or injuries have been reported from the various problems, faults have even been found in two vehicles built for General Motors and Fuji Heavy Industries – the Pontiac Vibe and Subaru Trezia. A problem with the engine starter did result in fires with two separate Toyota vehicles. Flaws plaguing ... Read More

Toyota recalling 2.16 million vehicles worldwide, including Prius hybrid, Toyota and Lexis models

Toyota has announced a recall of more than 2.16 million vehicles worldwide. The recall includes 711,000 Prius automobiles in the U.S. and a total of about 1.9 million Prius autos worldwide; as well as an additional 260,000 non-hybrid vehicles. The Prius recall includes 2010-2014 Prius models, whose transistors may overheat or become damaged due to errors with the powertrain software. The glitch may cause the vehicle to stall or shut off completely while driving. The recall does not affect the Prius V nor Pricus c models, or the Toyota or Lexus hybrid vehicles. According to MSN, the transistor is a ... Read More

Sudden acceleration cases filed against Toyota in California state courts get trial date

Litigation filed in California state courts over sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles has been slated to begin January 1, 2013, starting with a high-profile case alleging the wrongful death of a California woman whose 2006 Camry crashed after it sped out of control. In that case, plaintiff Peter Uno alleges that his wife Noriko Uno died in April 2008 after her Camry suddenly accelerated to speeds over 100 mph while she was traveling on an Upland, California highway. Mrs. Uno ultimately lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a telephone pole. Jury selection on this first bellwether case ... Read More

Toyota recalls 700,000 vehicles for safety repairs

Toyota announced Wednesday that it will begin recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles next month to repair potential safety problems. One recall encompasses about 495,000 Tacoma pickup trucks made in models years 2005 through 2009 and will involve replacing the steering wheel spiral cable assembly. According to Toyota, friction between the spiral cable and the retainer in the steering wheel spiral cable assembly may occur in some of the vehicles, possibly resulting in “loss of connectivity to the driver’s air bag module.” Should the electrical connection be interrupted, the driver’s airbag may be deactivated and fail to deploy during a crash. The ... Read More

Confidential Toyota memo says electronic flaw caused sudden acceleration in test car

An internal Toyota document obtained and translated by CNN demonstrates that engineers testing a pre-production car experienced and noted an instance of “sudden unintended acceleration.” The confidential document, drafted in 2006, was never shared with U.S. officials investigating whether an electronic flaw could be causing Toyota vehicles to suddenly speed out of control. Toyota engineers penned the document, relaying the results of a cruise-control test on a vehicle that would later be sold in Japan and Europe as the Lexus 460. “The cruise control activates by itself at full throttle when the accelerator pedal position sensor is abnormal,” the report says, ... Read More

Auto safety group sues NHTSA for withholding Toyota sudden-acceleration report

Safety Research & Strategies Inc. (SRS), the Massachusetts auto safety firm that has been instrumental in holding Toyota accountable for defects related to sudden unintended acceleration in its vehicles, is suing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for withholding records that could provide critical insight into the sudden-acceleration problem. “The DOT and NHTSA have pledged transparency but have consistently kept vital information from the public,” said Sean Kane, the founder and head of SRS. “The agency’s numerous investigations into Toyota Unintended Acceleration have been characterized by continued secrecy, preventing a full accounting of their activities and the complete replication ... Read More