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Sudden acceleration in Ford Freestyles under investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating several consumer complaints involving Ford’s Freestyle car-SUV crossover vehicles for their potential to lunge forward unexpectedly. The agency’s database says the investigation was opened on May 11, 2011 after receiving 238 complaints about problems with the vehicles’ speed control. These reports of unintended acceleration have been submitted by owners of 2005 to 2007 model-year Freestyles. Unlike many reports involving sudden, unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles, which many drivers have alleged raced out of control over long distances and at violent speeds even when the brakes were fully pressed, complaints about ... Read More

Keyless ignitions: How Toyota’s sudden-acceleration problem might standardize them

When Mark Saylor called 911 from behind the wheel of a Lexus ES350 in 2009, he frantically yelled that nothing he did would stop or even slow the vehicle from speeding out of control on the California freeway. Mr. Saylor and his family died during that phone call, but had Mr. Saylor known more about the vehicle’s keyless push-button ignition system, would the fiery crash have been averted? Of course nobody can say whether the ignition would have made a difference in the outcome of Mr. Saylor’s tragic sudden-unintended-acceleration incident or the accidents of others who were caught in a ... Read More

Quake sends aftershocks through Toyota production and sales

Toyota Motor Corp. has been dealt another blow, not by its own hand this time but by the forces of Mother Nature. Most of the carmaker’s 18 Japanese assembly plants shut down in the wake of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked much of the island nation. Additional destruction brought by the tsunami further hampered the company’s ability to return to normal operations, leaving U.S. dealerships to brace for the commercial aftershocks that will likely follow. U.S. dealerships say they have enough inventory to meet their sales needs for now, but Toyota’s slashed production will ultimately manifest in showrooms nationwide ... Read More

Toyota announces yet another giant recall for sudden acceleration defects

Toyota Motor Corp. announced today a three-pronged recall of 2.17 million vehicles for sudden-acceleration related defects, warning drivers of nearly a dozen different models that their gas pedals could become entrapped by floor mats or jammed in an open position by driver’s side carpeting and plastic trim. The latest recall is for the most part an expansion of the massive recall Toyota launched in October 2009 for defects that cause cars to accelerate violently. Sudden unintended acceleration defects in Toyota vehicles have been linked to 89 fatalities and hundreds of injuries in the United States since 2000. The original recall ... Read More

Allstate takes Toyota to court for sudden acceleration claims

Allstate Insurance Company has filed a lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. for $3 million in an effort to recover the claims it paid to Toyota and Lexus drivers involved in sudden acceleration incidents. Allstate alleges it paid 270 sudden acceleration-related claims since 2007. Allstate’s lawsuit alleges that “certain of Toyota’s cars and trucks have a defect that causes sudden uncontrolled acceleration to speeds of up to 100 miles per hour or more,” and that the problem was enhanced by “defective electronics and the absence of a fail-safe, such as a brake-to-idle override system.” The insurance company’s spokeswoman Christina Loznicka told ... Read More

150 Toyota drivers continue to report sudden acceleration every week

Toyota says it receives about 150 reports of sudden unintended acceleration every week, with most of the complaints coming through the the company’s customer-service hotline. The good news is that  six months ago, the car manufacturer was receiving more than 5 times that amount. The bad news is that about 600 Toyota drivers a month throughout the U.S. still report instances and events in which their vehicles accelerated unexpectedly. Toyota customers have also filed thousands of complaints with federal regulators, but not nearly as many as they have called in directly to the manufacturer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says ... Read More

Toyota gives contradictory and confusing advice to Prius drivers

Toyota’s sudden acceleration problem has been splashed all over the news for months, leaving many drivers worried that their vehicles may one day race out of control without warning. Recently, much attention has been focused on the Prius, thanks to a growing number of incidents — some real and others apparently false – of the popular hybrids racing out of control. To help drivers who may one day find themselves behind the wheel of a runaway Prius, Toyota issued a press release on March 12 outlining the steps to take to bring the vehicle to a stop. The problem is ... 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 recalls the most vehicles for first time ever

For the first time ever, Toyota took top spot in the U.S. auto industry for the total number of vehicles recalled within a year. Toyota’s most recent recall of 4.3 million vehicles for sudden, unintended acceleration problems hurdled the company to the top of the 2009 recall list, just above Ford. According to a report by the Detroit Free Press, auto manufacturers recalled 15.2 million vehicles in 2009, a 56 percent leap over the 8.6 million of cars recalled in 2008. Toyota vehicles represent more than 31 percent of all the vehicles recalled in 2009. About 88 percent of all ... Read More

Toyota mails recall announcements, but no fix yet

Yesterday I finally received the letter from Toyota announcing the recall of my Tacoma truck and 7 other Toyota and Lexus models manufactured in recent years. Toyota announced last month that it would notify owners of certain models that their vehicles had the potential to accelerate suddenly and unexpectedly. The company has been working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to discover the cause of the problem, develop a solution, and keep consumers informed. Since the recall was first announced, Toyota has focused on floor mats as the likely culprit. In my Tacoma, the floor mat is secured in ... Read More