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All Top Three Automakers Now Under U.S. Regulatory Observation

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Volkswagen’s $4.3 billion settlement of criminal and civil penalties resulting from its emissions fraud subjects the German automaker to three years of probation and daily regulatory scrutiny. Now, with the VW deal, the world’s top three automakers are under close federal oversight to ensure their compliance with auto rules and regulations. On April 21, federal judge Sean Cox in Michigan approved a $4.3 billion criminal and civil settlement reached between the U.S. government and Volkswagen six weeks prior. Part of that deal puts the automaker under the watchful eye of an independent, court-approved monitor. Toyota, the world’s leading auto manufacturer, ... Read More

Toyota Soy-Insulated Wiring Attracts Hungry Rodents, Lawsuit Claims

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The owner of a Toyota Avalon that was extensively damaged by rodents attracted to the soy-based insulation on the vehicle’s wiring has filed a lawsuit against the Japanese automaker, alleging her car and thousands of others like it are at risk of mechanical problems and car failure because the wiring is effectively a food source for rodents. Heidi Browder filed her lawsuit against Toyota in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in 2015, alleging that Toyota switched from plastic-based wire insulation to soy-based insulation for environmental reasons. But what is good for the environment and rodents of ... Read More

Soy-Based Wire Coatings Turn Car Engines Into Rodent B&Bs

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A growing number of consumer reports and complaints are raising concerns that automotive wiring made from soy and other biodegradable food-based materials is transforming car engines into the ultimate bed and breakfasts for rodents, usually causing extensive and costly damage. One Arizona resident told Phoenix’s KTVK that rats chowing down on the wires in her Toyota Prius have made life a nightmare. When her car stopped functioning, she discovered that rats had crawled through the engine compartment and gnawed through the car’s electronic wiring system. She had the Prius repaired to the tune of more than $8,000 out of pocket ... Read More

Rental Cars In Need Of Recall Repairs To Remain Grounded Under New Law

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A new federal law mandating rental car agencies to fix all vehicles under safety recall in their inventories before renting them to consumers has taken effect. U.S Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) chief Dr. Mark Rosekind have pushed for regulations requiring rental cars to be safe and free of any open recalls. The bill to require the recall repairs was part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, which Congress recently passed. “When a family picks up a rental car on vacation, they should be able to expect it is free of ... Read More

Another Lawsuit Filed In Deadly Crash of Runaway Toyota Yaris

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The parents of a man killed in a horrific crash involving a Toyota Yaris that allegedly sped out of control are suing the automaker, claiming sudden unintended acceleration caused the crash, which killed five people in Ontario, Calif., New Year’s Eve. Donald and Maureen Pusateri filed the wrongful death / product liability complaint June 2 in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking unspecified damages for the loss of their son, 29-year-old Matthew Pusateri of Mission Viejo. Mr. Pusateri was traveling in a Toyota Solara with three others when a Toyota Yaris sped down an I-10 exit ramp in San Bernardino County ... Read More

1.5 Million Toyota Vehicles Added to Takata Airbag Recall

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Another expansion of the Takata airbag recall adds more than 1.5 million Toyotas to the list of vehicles in the U.S. that need repairs to correct potentially explosive inflator mechanisms. The Japanese automaker said the new recall includes Corolla, Matrix, Yaris, 4Runner, Sienna, Scion xB, Lexus ES, GX and IS vehicles built between 2006 and 2011, but not all of those models made during that time are affected. Toyota said it will contact owners of the vehicles included in the latest recall. The expansion brings the total number of Toyota vehicles affected by Takata’s airbag disaster to 4.73 million in the ... Read More

Toyota Sued Over Deadly Yaris Sudden-Acceleration Crash

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A wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed against Toyota, seeking damages for the young son of a man killed when a 2015 Toyota Yaris allegedly sped out of control on a California highway and struck the vehicle he was riding in on New Year’s Eve. The horrific crash occurred when a 51-year-old woman traveling east on I-10 in San Bernardino County in a rented 2015 Toyota Yaris accelerated to nearly 100 mph, exited at the Vineyard Avenue ramp, and crashed into a Toyota Solara, killing four people. The driver of the Yaris, which she had rented for a family road trip ... Read More

Possible Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration Crash Kills Five, Injures Three In California

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ONTARIO, Calif., — A deadly New Year’s Eve crash that claimed the lives of five people in Ontario, Calif., has attracted the attention of federal transportation safety investigators after reports emerged that the offending vehicle – a Toyota Yaris – started to speed out of control. The report could reignite concerns of sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles, a defect that potentially affected millions of vehicles in the U.S. as early as 2007, causing unexpected high-power acceleration and crashes. A spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told CBS News that it sent a special crash investigations team ... Read More

Faulty window switch prompts worldwide Toyota recall due to fire hazard

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A worldwide Toyota recall of 6.5 million vehicles has been prompted by a faulty window switch that could wear down, short circuit and cause a vehicle fire. The recall affects models Yaris, Corolla, Camry, RAV4, Highlander, Matrix, Tundra, Sequoia, Scion xB and Scion xD produced from Jan. 2005-Aug. 2006 and Aug. 2008-Dec. 2010. An estimated 2.7 million of the recalled Toyotas are in North America, with 1.2 million in Europe and 600,000 in Japan. Toyota officials say the problem stems from a window switch that was not properly lubricated during manufacturing. The automaker has received one report from a U.S. ... Read More

Takata airbag recall expands to include another 1.4M Toyota vehicles

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Another Takata airbag recall expansion was just announced by Toyota, confirming an additional 1.4 million vehicles may feature deadly airbags that could explode on impact. According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Toyota is expanding its recall after Takata agreed to double the size of its airbag recall to 33.8 million last month, making it the largest auto recall in United States history. The Toyota vehicles included in the latest Takata airbag recall expansion include the following:  2003-07 Corolla and Matrix, 2006 Tundra, 2005-07 Sequoia and 2003-07 Lexus SC430 convertible. The suspected issue with the Takata airbags continues to be ... Read More