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Toyota Moving Forward With Recall, Sales Freeze, Factory Timeout

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Posted on Jan 26, 2010
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The world’s biggest automaker is in even bigger trouble. Following an earlier recall of 4.2 million vehicles and a second recall of 2.3 million, Toyota is suspending sales of eight models and halting production at five plants in North America.

The company is trying to figure out how to address a faulty gas pedal that appears to be causing some vehicles to accelerate uncontrollably. The earlier recall was related to a similar acceleration issue caused by floor mats.

Toyota may extend the latest recall to an additional 2 million European vehicles, according to a company spokesman quoted here.

The vehicles affected by the most recent recall are:

2009-10 RAV4
2009-10 Corolla
2009-10 Matrix
2005-10 Avalon
Certain 2007-10 Camrys
2010 Highlander
2007-10 Tundra
2008-10 Sequoia

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By Auto Parts, March 23, 2012 at 3:56 am Link to this comment

I had my car installed with some accessories from Carid, and then was issued a recall notice. Does anyone know how does this affect things on my end? Is it possible to just send it in without removing them as I am not keen to spend the time and money to do so.

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By Toyota, November 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment
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I’ve bought a Toyota Corolla in 2009 and I had problems with the accelerator pedal. I was surprised of that problem as the car was new and I didn’t expect to experience technical problems so soon. Soon after that they’ve called me to the Toyota service and they made me a very good offer. I subscribed to their donate car campaign and they gave me a new model of Toyota and also a two years insurance policy for free.

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By Jeff, January 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment
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So nice to see a corporation recognizes the importance of recalling a product when it’s obvious that product is dangerous. My daughter just dumped a Chevrolet Cobalt after the steering gave out a few times while traveling at high speeds. Fortunately she didn’t get killed. Unfortunately General Motors pleaded ignorance to the growing problem. “Never heard any complaints” one representative was quoted as saying. Visit nhtsa.dot.gov then search “Complaints” to find out how dangerous the ‘06 Cobalt is and how little GM cares about it’s customers.

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By Blackspeare, January 27, 2010 at 3:25 pm Link to this comment

Any conspiracy theorists out there?  But in any event——it’s good new for Honda and Nissan.

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By Samson, January 27, 2010 at 1:01 pm Link to this comment

My Corolla was built in Georgetown, KY.

My family’s from Kentucky, so I heard some of the hoopla as KY outbid the other anti-union states with perks and tax cuts to get the plant there.

And yes, its a non-union plant.

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By MB, January 27, 2010 at 8:47 am Link to this comment
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I have read several articles about this but I cannot tell where the factories are located. I am curious because Toyota has non-unionized labor in the US even though the Japanese factories are unionized (almost certain about that). Did the quality falter in the non-union shops? Or are the defects worldwide?

My understanding is that Japan’s auto workers were organized into a union modeled after the UAW. I think it’s important for Americans to understand that the Japanese employ non-union labor in the US but their workers are unionized in Japan. The media promotes a myth that the Japanese make better cars because they don’t have to deal with unions. This is a good time to talk about that.

At this moment I cannot locate the source where I read info last year about the creation of Japanese auto unions but a quick search found this vintage 1983 NYT’s article about the Japanese auto union acting in support of American auto workers: http://www.nytimes.com/1983/05/18/us/around-the-nation-japan-s-auto-union-chief-pledges-to-help-uaw.html

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