U.S. reaches $1.2B settlement with Toyota, says company made misleading statements on safety

U.S. reaches $1.2B settlement with Toyota, says company made misleading statements on safety
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Toyota was accused of wire fraud by allegedly defrauded consumers in the fall of 2009 and early 2010 by "issuing misleading statements about safety issues in Toyota and Lexus vehicles," the Justice Department said.

Must Be A Misprint Eh Lon Chaney

From the Associated Press - Toyota sales surged 40 percent in March compared with last year after the automaker offered some of its deepest discounts ever to cope with the fallout of millions of recalls.

The incentives were scheduled to end April 5, but Toyota Group Vice President Bob Carter said some will continue into the spring, including an offer of free maintenance for return Toyota customers.

‘Toyota Way’ Under Recall

‘Toyota Way’ Under Recall

Toyota’s ‘lean management’ and ‘just in time’ production model is the toast of business schools, but 8.5 million faulty cars have taken the bloom off the rose.
By Joseph B. Atkins
A century ago, Frederick W. Taylor, the mechanical engineer whose book The Principles of Scientific Management influenced generations of business owners and managers, had this to say about American working people:

CAFE Vs. Toyota


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Let us take a look at the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards enacted by the federal government in response to the Arab oil embargo. Lately, supporters have sought to increase these standards in the name of fighting climate change. They have neither reduced our dependence on foreign oil nor saved the Earth.

Officials: Drivers report trouble with fixed Toyotas
WASHINGTON – About ten Toyota owners have complained to U.S. auto safety regulators that their vehicles suffered some kind of sudden acceleration after being repaired under Toyota’s two recalls for the problem.

The complaints highlighted by safety advocate Sean Kane drew a quick response today from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which said it would investigate.

Unionized Toyota?

Some thoughts as "Toyota week" kicks off on Capitol Hill:
By Mike Thompson (Blog) (MORE)

NEWS ALERT: Driver, Victims Talk About Alleged DefectiveToyota Crash, Driver in Prison for Fatal Runaway Toyota Accident

Driver, Victims Talk About Toyota Crash
On June 10, 2006 Koua Fong Lee was returning from church with his family when his Toyota Camry hit an Oldsmobile at a St. Paul, Minnesota intersection, killing the driver and a passenger in the Oldsmobile. Lee is now serving an eight-year-sentence for vehicular homicide, but he has always maintained that his brakes didn't work. (ABC News) (VIDEO)

Where's the Toyota threads?

Just curious why we haven't seen a posting on Toyota's terrorist plot to kill Americans.

You wouldn't know it, but this isn't the first recall ever.

But I have a question - The federal government as well as GM are piling on. UAW is in on it too.

Is it because of the seriousness of the issue and GM wants Toyota's customers, or has this crossed the line into nationalism with shades of jingoism because Toyota is a foreign company?

Toyota faces massive legal liability

Legal expenses and damages could add billions to Toyota's recall costs, with dozens of suits pending over injuries and deaths and at least 30 seeking class-action status over lost use of vehicles.,0,579...
Toyota Motor Corp.'s massive recalls for acceleration and braking problems are creating a huge legal liability for the company -- and Toyota owners may share in the pain.

Official: State Farm warned NHTSA on Toyota in '07

Official: State Farm warned NHTSA on Toyota in '07
Nick Carey
Mon Feb 8, 2010 5:42pm EST
DETROIT (Reuters) - Private insurer State Farm informed a government regulator of a worrying trend of vehicle-caused accidents involving Toyota Motor Corp as far back as late 2007, an official at the company said.

Toyota's once-golden resale value gets dented

Toyota's once-golden resale value gets dented
By DAVE CARPENTER, AP Personal Finance Writer Dave Carpenter, Ap Personal Finance
CHICAGO – Toyota owners looking to trade in their cars have little reason to sing the carmaker's old ad slogan, "I love what you do for me — Toyota!"

NEWS ALERT: Toyota owners may face court if in car crash

TOYOTA OWNERS with noticeably faulty cars who are aware their car is part of the recall by Toyota could be charged under the Road Traffic Act if involved in a traffic incident, it has emerged.
A solicitor specialising in road traffic law has raised concerns of whether Toyota owners would be liable in the event of an incident, if they had been made aware their car was part of a recall and noticed a problem with the accelerator.(MORE)

"NEWS ALERT":Toyota Now Blames Software Problem

In the wake of deaths and sharp criticism, Toyota changes course.
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Toyota: Software to blame for Prius brake problems
Tokyo, Japan (CNN) -- Without issuing a recall of its iconic Prius hybrid vehicles, Toyota said Thursday a software glitch is to blame for braking problems in the 2010 model.

This One You Oughta Tow Away! (TOYOTA)

Business is far from usual at Toyota dealership
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"Now, the staff has found itself the butt of jokes. Instead of cracks about General Motors' government bailout or Chrysler's collapse, friends now sent mocking text messages about sticky pedals and crashing cars. People at a grocery store snickered that Toyota stood for "This One You Oughta Tow Away."",0,4783152,fu...

NEWS ALERT!: Consumer Reports suspends recommendations on eight Toyota models

Consumer Reports suspends recommendations on eight Toyota models
Jan 29, 2010
Consumer Reports has temporarily suspended its "recommended" status for eight Toyota vehicle models and one Pontiac model that may have accelerator pedals that can stick and cause unintended acceleration.

ALERT!!!! General Motors offers incentives to Toyota owners worried by recall

General Motors offers incentives to Toyota owners worried by recall
Bring in a Camry, for example, and get $1000 off this 2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT.
By GM, Wieck
General Motors launched a campaign today to give Toyota owners worried about the ongoing recall over sticking gas pedals extra incentive to consider buying a GM vehicle.

Toyota halts US sales of 8 recalled vehicle models


Toyota may have a culprit in the unintended acceleration cases

I know this topic came up here before, but Popular Mechanics has the latest on the Toyota unintended acceleration cases. Toyota thinks they have narrowed it down to one accelerator part manufacturer and have issued an additional recall. And Wolfie, it does not include the Prius, so Fred is safe. I hope you are not disappointed :).

NHTSA Tracking Braking Loss on Prius Hybrids

NHTSA Tracking Braking Loss on Prius Hybrids
Toyota owners are unhappy about the performance of the system, calling it defective. Pedestrian lives at risk?
by Ken Zino on Dec.24, 2009
Drivers are unhappy about stopping distances on bumps, tracks and slippery surfaces.
Dozens of owners of the current third generation Toyota Prius models have filled complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the alleged brake failures they have experienced.

A George Mason physicist's thoughts on unintended acceleration

A George Mason Physicist, Eugenie Mielczarek, saw Wolfman's post on unintended acceleration and wrote to send his thoughts on the issue. His theory is quite interesting. Eugenie is saying that she feels the Toyota cases of unintended acceleration could be a result of RF interference given all of the wireless controls on a car right now. He speaks with experience being he was a victim of his Subaru Tribeca taking off for no apparent reason.

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