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NASA’s Toyota sudden-acceleration report flawed, researchers find

The study NASA conducted to determine if an electronic flaw could be responsible for sudden unintended acceleration incidents in Toyota vehicles was the product of a collusion between trusted government agencies and powerful special interests, Safety Research & Strategies Inc. (SRS) reports on its website, and it has the facts to back up such a bold claim. In its report “How NHTSA and NASA Gamed the Toyota Data,” SRS details how the owners of Quality Control Systems Corp. thoroughly analyzed the NASA report, which found no evidence of an electronic glitch behind Toyota’s sudden acceleration problem. Their findings: that the ... Read More

Safety recall repairs often not made in resold and leased vehicles, GAO warns

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the authority to prompt automotive recalls, but it lacks the ability to ensure that potentially dangerous safety defects are fixed before motor vehicles are sold to unsuspecting customers. Now the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is calling for the agency to take a more active role in helping prevent potentially dangerous recalled vehicles from being sold before they are repaired. A year-long study conducted by the GAO was prompted by NHTSA’s handling of Toyota’s sudden unintended acceleration issues, widely criticized by legislators and safety experts as being slow to respond and ineffective in dealing ... Read More

Toyota recalls 82,000 hybrid SUVs for potential control-system defect

Toyota announced Wednesday it will recall about 82,000 hybrid Highlander and Lexus SUVs with faulty computer-board wiring that could cause the vehicles to lose power. This latest safety recall encompasses model-year 2006-2007 Highlander and Lexus SUV hybrids that were sold in the United States. Toyota said the recall includes about 45,500 Highlander Hybrids and 36,700 Lexus Rx 400h vehicles. No other vehicles are affected. According to Toyota certain transistors on the control board inside the affected vehicles have inadequate soldering that could become heat-damaged from high currents during “high-load” driving. “If this were to occur, various warning lamps will illuminate ... Read More

Strong Yen + weak dollar = more Toyota cost cuts

The strong Yen may feel great to Japanese consumers buying imported products or traveling to foreign destinations with a weaker currency, but it’s causing Toyota and other Japanese manufacturers a lot of pain. As the Yen continues to grow in strength against the weak dollar, Japanese exports such as Toyota and Lexus vehicles grow more expensive to the American consumer. This dilemma poses yet another challenge to Toyota, which is facing hundreds of personal injury, wrongful death, and economic loss lawsuits over the sudden unintended acceleration defects in its vehicles. The company also has paid millions of dollars in civil ... Read More

Sudden acceleration in Ford Freestyle 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

Toyota Tundras recalled for electronic tire pressure monitor flaw

Toyota announced Wednesday it is recalling more than 1,600 of its full-size Tundra pickup trucks for problems related to its tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Like most Toyota vehicles, the trucks are equipped with an electronic tire pressure monitoring system that illuminates a warning signal when any of the 4 tires (5 tires, if the TPMS is fitted in the spare) are underinflated. Toyota said that that TPMS has not been properly calibrated in certain 2007-2011 Tundras, meaning drivers may not receive the warning they expect when one or more of their vehicle’s tires run low on air pressure. This ... Read More

Minneapolis man seeks additional damages from Toyota for sudden acceleration crash

A man who was imprisoned and subsequently released after his 1996 Camry sped out of control and crashed into another vehicle, killing three people, is seeking additional damages against Toyota. Koua Fong Lee and his family were returning home from church in 2006 when the fatal crash occurred. Lee was exiting a Minneapolis freeway, but instead of slowing down, his Camry sped up, reaching speeds of 90 mph. Lee’s car careened into the back of an Oldsmobile Ciera idling at a red light at the top of the ramp. 2 people in the vehicle were killed instantly. A 7-year-old girl ... Read More

Earthquakes force Toyota to slow production in plants worldwide

The earthquakes that rocked Japan last month continue to send aftershocks through the Japanese economy. Toyota Motor Corp., already fighting to restore its image in the midst of sudden-acceleration complaints, record-breaking safety recalls, and federal fines, is now firmly engaged in a battle to maintain its production after the quake ruined critical links in its supply chain. Toyota said that it will have to stop production in several plants in Japan and worldwide for days at a time until supply and distribution links are restored to normal levels. Like other automakers, Japan relies on a network of domestic and global ... Read More

Lawyers plan to prove NASA’s sudden acceleration report wrong

Lawyers representing hundreds of plaintiffs suing Toyota over sudden acceleration incidents are challenging a NASA report that concluded electronic defects aren’t responsible for causing Toyota and Lexus vehicles to accelerate unexpectedly. Toyota has argued the defects that triggered a global recall of millions of vehicles over sudden-acceleration issues are caused by mechanical problems and driver error, not electronic flaws. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked NASA last year to test the electronic throttle systems in Toyota cars and determine whether an electronic or software-based defect could be to blame for sudden-acceleration incidents. NASA concluded that it could not establish ... Read More

Judge asks lawyers settle Toyota electronic source code issues

Santa Ana, California — U.S. District Judge James Selna, who is presiding over hundreds of Toyota sudden unintended acceleration cases coordinated in multidistrict litigation, has told plaintiffs’ lawyers to resolve an evidence dispute so that the first cases can go to trial in 2013. One of the main obstacles that needs to be cleared before the cases can proceed concerns the examination of the software source code that governs the electronic throttle system in the recalled Toyota vehicles. Toyota steadfastly insists all incidents of sudden unintended acceleration can be pinned on incorrectly installed or mismatched driver’s side floor mats, sticky ... Read More