toyota defect recall
Earlier this month, Toyota announced that it has already completed 65 percent of the repairs required under its recall for sudden acceleration problems, according to The New York Times.
The Toyota recall of six million vehicles began in November and January. Dealers have repaired 3.7 million of those vehicles. Toyota is still receiving about 150 complaints of sudden vehicle acceleration each week, but that number is drastically down from 800 per week only six months ago. Read the rest »
Within the last two months, Toyota has recalled several models of its vehicles for defects in its accelerator gas pedal as well as defects related to its floor mats jamming the brake pedals. According to the Toyota USA Newsroom, the most recent recall has involved the luxury Lexus LS 460 and the LS 600h L models for a steering problem that causes temporary off-centered driving.
The recall affects nearly 4000 Lexus vehicles manufactured in 2009 and 2010 nationwide, which may cause an off-centering condition that may develop under a specific driving maneuver. According to Toyota, the defect in the Lexus vehicles should not occur during normal driving circumstances, including changing lanes or turning at intersections. Read the rest »
On the heels of Toyota defect recall after recall, Toyota Motor Corporation is sticking by its claim that the issues causing its vehicles to unintentionally accelerate are not related to faulty electronic safety systems. Specifically, Toyota maintains that instances of unintended acceleration are caused either by gas pedals remaining in the depressed position due to an easy-to-fix mechanical problem or faulty floor mats. According to a Reuters.com article, Toyota has discredited outside sources which conclude that the issues surrounding Toyota vehicles may stem from electronic system errors.
Reportedly, Professor David Gilbert, an auto engineering expert at Southern Illinois University, was able to replicate the unintended acceleration scenario in which so many motorists have already been injured or lost their lives. Professor Gilbert did this by manipulating the Toyota vehicles’ electronic throttle control system. However, Toyota Motor Corporation representatives and researchers make the claim that conditions under which the unintended acceleration instances were brought about were hardly indicative of real world driving conditions. Therefore, the results of this study could not be used as evidence that the unintended acceleration issues were being caused by an electronic safety system malfunction. Read the rest »
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