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Toyota to Pay $1.2 Billion for Deadly Defect Cover-Up

Toyota Motor Corp. will pay $1.2 billion to settle U.S. criminal charges that it lied to safety regulators and the public as it tried to cover up deadly accelerator defects.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE

Premshree Pilai

Why Are 13 People Dead If GM Knew About Ignition Problem 10 Years Ago?

That’s the question that Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., is asking after GM issued a massive recall of 1.6 million vehicles.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE

Paul Garland (CC-BY-SA)

Software Glitch Forces Toyota to Recall 1.9 Million Priuses

Toyota’s hybrid system is a marvel of technology, except in one really inconvenient way.

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 READ MORE

Photo by Matthew Hillier (CC-BY-SA)

Center for Auto Safety Dissatisfied With Chrysler’s Jeep Recall

The nonprofit group The Center for Auto Safety says that Chrysler’s Jeep recall, which the car manufacturer finally agreed to June 18 after an ongoing battle with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is insufficient and will not fix the vehicle’s defect.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE

Photo by Martin Abegglen (CC-BY-SA)

Toyota Recalls 7.4 Million Vehicles Over Window Switches

Recently reclaiming its status as the world’s biggest automaker three years after a major recall that raised questions about its vehicles’ safety, Toyota is once again asking customers to bring their vehicles in for inspection.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 READ MORE

Photo by Paul Weiksel, Rights reserved

Occupy Will Be Back

In every conflict, insurgency, uprising and revolution I have covered as a foreign correspondent, the power elite used periods of dormancy, lulls and setbacks to write off the opposition.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Morry Gash

Democrats Failed in Wisconsin Because They Failed Wisconsin

Voters in Wisconsin bought the tea party line because the president and his party have not been able to provide a believable alternative.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE

Silent Running: The Burgeoning Wisconsin Scandal That Major Media Ignored

As millions of dollars in dark right-wing money pour into the state to preserve Gov. Scott Walker from his progressive opposition, it seems relevant that he and many top aides are under investigation in a campaign finance and corruption scandal that has been growing for two years.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE

What Wisconsin Taught Us

The left will make a big mistake if it ignores the lessons of the failed recall of Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin. The right will make an even bigger error if it allows the Wisconsin results to feed its inclination toward winner-take-all politics.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Morry Gash

Wisconsin Election Results: Scott Walker Survives

Multiple news outlets have called the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election for Scott Walker. By winning the election Tuesday night, the Republican became the first U.S. governor to survive a recall attempt that reached the ballot.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE

Lena/OnTask (Creative Commons)

Recall Elections, Proposition 8 Moves Closer to Supreme Court and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Wisconsin recall election, the next step in the battle to legalize same-sex marriage in California and Bill O’Reilly’s election prediction.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE

Mark's Postcards from Beloit

Will Wisconsin Governor Survive Recall Election?

Scott Walker is looking to do what no other U.S. governor has ever done: keep his office after a recall election. Walker is just the third governor to face a recall ballot in U.S. history.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 READ MORE

The Stakes in the Walker Recall

Gov. Scott Walker is not being challenged because he pursued conservative policies but because Wisconsin has become the most glaring example of a new and genuinely alarming approach to politics on the right.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE


Birth Control Recall: Pfizer Warns of Unintended Pregnancies

The pharmaceutical manufacturer says the million packets of mis-packaged birth control pills it is recalling won’t harm women’s health, but it acknowledges that they could fail to prevent users from becoming pregnant.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

What Obama Should Learn From Wisconsin

With Wisconsin’s epic state Senate recall battle now over, the results carry a clear message that ought to resonate all the way to Washington—and especially the Obama White House.

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 READ MORE

Wisconsin: Conservatives Win, Liberals Gain

There will be no magic potion, no instant formula for Democrats and progressives struggling to come back from their disastrous 2010 election losses.

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 READ MORE

Ferrari Joins the Not-So-Posh Recall Club

In these hard times one might be tempted to indulge in a bit of schadenfreude at the news that a $250,000 supercar for the superrich has a propensity to burst into flames, but we’ll just stick to the facts. Ferrari is recalling more than 1,200 of its 458 Italia model because of a design flaw that has bonfire potential.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / awynhaus

McDonald’s Recalls Toxic ‘Shrek’ Glasses

McDonald’s is recalling 12 million “Shrek”-themed drinking glasses after it was found that the painted designs on the vessels contained toxic, but quite delicious-sounding, cadmium.

Posted on Jun 4, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr user Stefano A (CC-BY)

U.S. Slaps Toyota With Record Fine

U.S. auto regulators have decided to fine Toyota a maximum $16.375 million, having determined that the car company waited “at least four months” to recall its troubled vehicles. Toyota can contest the fine, which, although a record, amounts to a tiny fraction of the total financial impact of recalling some 8 million vehicles worldwide. (continued)

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE

Modified from a NASA image

Red Alert: NASA Launches Toyota Probe

It seems like everyone is investigating Toyota these days. There’s the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Academy of Sciences and even the automaker itself. Why not NASA? Apparently Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was thinking the same thing. (continued)

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE

Problems With the Electronics

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Beadmobile

Honda Recalls 410,000 Cars

It’s not quite the 8 million vehicles that Toyota has had to swallow, but the next-biggest Japanese automaker announced a recall of its own. Honda is calling 410,000 Odyssey and Element vehicles sold in the U.S. back to the farm to address brake issues.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / It's Our City

What Do Toyota and Big Tobacco Have in Common?

Fed up with a certain automotive academic who has been challenging Toyota’s claims about its car troubles, the automaker demonstrated similar problems in its competitors’ vehicles and fielded a team of experts to argue counterpoint. One of those experts runs a consulting firm for hire that once found no link between secondhand smoke and cancer. (continued)

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE

GOP Lawmaker Demands Recall of Car That Drove Him to Gay Club

The senator said not only did the car drive him to the gay nightclub, but it forced him to enter the club and party there for hours, resulting in his later arrest for DUI. (Editor’s note: Although Roy Ashburn is a real state senator who really was arrested on a DUI charge after allegedly being at a gay club, in this column Borowitz takes the liberty of manufacturing a set of quotations for satire’s sake.)

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Thom Watson

Toyota’s Issues May Drive Change in U.S. Brake Standards

February wasn’t a good month for Toyota, what with the fallout from the automaker’s recent recall, but Toyota’s pain may lead to a gain for U.S. drivers, in the form of a potential requirement for automobiles to include a brake override system.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE

Toyota Chief Overshoots Congressional Hearings by 150 Miles

Toyota President Akio Toyoda said he was having difficulties with the brakes on his 2010 Toyota Prius, which finally came to rest after crashing into a blacksmith’s shop in Colonial Williamsburg.

Posted on Feb 28, 2010 READ MORE

Not as Dumb as He Looks

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE

You Bet Your Ass

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AP / Itsuo Inouye

Toyota’s Big Apology

Amid major setbacks leading to massive recalls related to unintended acceleration, faulty brakes and other mechanical calamities, Toyota is shifting into damage control mode. On Tuesday, the Japanese carmaker’s president, Akio Toyoda, made a personal apology before the U.S. Congress, admitting that his company got ahead of itself, prioritizing growth over quality control.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Steve.Maw

So Much for Plan B

Car buyers troubled by Toyota’s recalls may have considered turning their attention to Honda, another Japanese automaker with a sterling reputation for reliability. Unfortunately, the second-biggest Japanese automaker just announced an expanded recall of its own.

Posted on Feb 9, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Infrogmation

And Now for Another Big Toyota Recall

Sorry, Toyota. Certainly there’ll be a slew of jokes about the automaker’s old “Oh, what a feeling!” commercials—oh, wait, too late!—now that Toyota has caught yet another tough break (sorry again) in the form of a recall of about “436,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide,” according to the BBC.

Posted on Feb 9, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / lucamascaro

Stealing Fire From the Gods

A friend of mine once had a Toyota that wouldn’t die. The odometer had only a dim recollection of passing 100,000 miles, the body was dinged and the paint was faded and the interior was worn, but the thing just kept running. He finally parked it at the airport, removed the plates and walked away.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Jyle Dupuis

Make It Three: Prius Brakes Could Spark Another Toyota Recall

The brakes on the 2010 Toyota Prius have prompted a U.S. government investigation and a possible third recall for the troubled automaker, if a report in Japan’s biggest business newspaper is to be believed. (continued)

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE

Moving Forward

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE

Good News for Bad Cars

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / diongillard

Toyota Moving Forward With Recall, Sales Freeze, Factory Timeout

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. (continued)

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE

Toyota Recalls 3.8 Million Cars

Toyota has announced a recall of eight U.S. models, including the 2004-2009 Prius. A problem with floor mats has reportedly caused the deaths of five people so far. The BBC calculates the cost of the recall at two years’ worth of U.S. sales for the automaker.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE


Peanut Corp. in Hot Water With Texas Health Officials

Woe to Peanut Corporation of America: After running into trouble in Georgia in the recent salmonella outbreak, the peanut product manufacturer has now run afoul of Texas health authorities, who have ordered the company to recall all the products made in its Plainview plant.

Posted on Feb 12, 2009 READ MORE

Flickr / law_keven

Meaty Danger Strikes Whole Foods

Whole Foods customers expect more for their money, but shoppers in two states got more than they bargained for when they came home with E. coli-tainted beef. The granola-chic grocer has since taken steps to restore faith in the chain and its preposterous prices.

Posted on Aug 12, 2008 READ MORE


Huge Recall of Beef Is Linked to Schools

The Department of Agriculture has ordered the largest ever beef recall in the U.S., deeming 143 million pounds of beef unfit for human consumption because of inspection violations. The plant responsible for the suspect meat happens to call the U.S. government, including the National School Lunch Program, one of its best customers.

Posted on Feb 17, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Maher on Bargain Karma

The “Real Time” host takes on Mother Teresa’s doubts, Obama’s “blackness” and the high cost of low morals in our bargain-crazed culture: “Let’s have a war and cut taxes, what could go wrong? Let’s give mortgages to the homeless. Sounds like a plan! Let’s buy toys from a communist police state, you just know they’ll put in a little extra love.”

Posted on Aug 26, 2007 READ MORE


Paging Ralph Nader

With the news that Nokia is recalling millions of batteries, on top of the ongoing exploding laptop problem, and Chinese-made products ranging from toothpaste to Barbies sounding alarm bells, we can’t help but feel the absence of America’s greatest consumer advocate.

Posted on Aug 14, 2007 READ MORE

Laptop Fire Brown

Be Careful What You Type On

The largest recall in consumer electronics history just got bigger, with both Toshiba and Lenovo (ThinkPad) announcing the recall of products containing a potentially explosive Sony-made battery.  With Dell, Apple and Sony recalls already underway, this latest announcement brings the total number of affected laptops to 7 million.

Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE

an Apple iBook explodes into flames Brown

Watch Where You Point That Laptop

In the mad rush to make our gadgets go, a battery manufacturer’s slight oversight could lead to disastrous consequences, as in the recent recall of 6 million Sony laptop batteries prone to explosion and fire.  Lithium-ion batteries, the kind used in many electronic devices because of their power efficiency, are especially vulnerable to this kind of problem.

Posted on Aug 26, 2006 READ MORE

Marine Corps to Start Involuntary Troop Recalls

Thousands of inactive service members will probably be called up to counter a decline in volunteers. The official in charge of the Marines’ manpower mobilization said he didn’t know why the numbers have been dropping off recently.

Posted on Aug 23, 2006 READ MORE

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