When media reports arose of Toyota hiding defects, they emphatically denied what they knew was true, assuring consumers that their cars were safe and reliable… More than speeding cars or a major fine, the ultimate tragedy has been the unwitting consumers who died behind the wheel of Toyota vehicles. Two months before, Highway Patrolman Mark Saylor and three members of his family had been killed after the accelerator in his Lexus had become stuck on an incompatible floor mat. Saylor was able to call while his car was speeding over miles per hour and explain his harrowing ordeal right up until the crash that ended his life.
Other recalls[ edit ] On February 8,Toyota announced a recall of approximately 7, early model year 4-cylinder Camrys due to the possibility of the power steering hose rubbing into the front brake line which may cause a brake fluid leak. On February 12,Toyota recalled approximately 8, model year 4WD Tacoma trucks for potential front drive shaft issues.
The recall involves inspecting a drive shaft component which if cracked will be replaced. Most affected vehicles have not been sold. According to Toyota USA, frame corrosion could allow spare tires or the fuel tank to fall off the vehicle. On July 7,Toyota recalledLexus and Crown vehicles worldwide for improperly manufactured valve springs.
According to Toyota, the condition can cause rough idling and potential engine stalling. On October 21,Toyota announced a recall of 1.
The recall concerns brake fluid leakage from the master cylinder U. On November 9,Toyota announced a recall ofvehiclesin the U. The recall concerns a steering problem caused by the misalignment of the inner and outer rings of the crankshaft pulley, which could cause a noise or the Check Engine light to illuminate; if this problem is not corrected, the power steering belt can fall off the pulley, which can cause a sudden loss of power assist.
On October 10,Toyota announced a recall of 7. Vehicles in overseas markets are also affected. The recall concerns a problem with the driver's side power window switch that "sticks" and could lead it to melt or catch fire.
The recall concerns the airbag module, which can cause the airbag to inflate improperly. This recall concerns loose nuts on the wiper blades, which can cause the wipers to fail, especially if there is a heavy buildup of snow.
On March 15,Toyota announced a recall ofvehicles in the US. The recall concerns the driver and front passenger seat belt retractors, which can come loose, especially if the rear doors are slammed repeatedly.
Investigations[ edit ] Numerous investigations have taken place, including those by the U. The Wall Street Journal reported, "Even when dealers and auto makers suspect driver error, it is difficult for them to outright blame their customers for fear of alienating them or appearing insensitive",  which USA Today also suggested.
The car's floor mats were found in the trunk of the car, where owners had been advised to put them as part of the recall.
According to Santucci in his deposition, his former NHTSA colleagues decided not to investigate some incidents involving acceleration lasting longer than 1 second. The decision to exclude certain incidents from the investigation apparently reduced the significance of the issue to the NHTSA at least on paper.
Although there were hundreds of complaints, the NHTSA found no evidence of defects; and in every case, Toyota provided data it said showed no such evidence. On November 2,the NHTSA denied a petition to reopen previously closed unintended investigations of Toyota vehicles, stating they were unlikely to reach any new conclusions.
NHTSA stated that it was unable to find electronic throttle defects, but identified floor mat entrapment and pedals that were slow to return to idle as two causes of Toyota complaints.Car Talk from NPR. Car advice, tips, troubleshooting, and answers to your car questions.
Find a mechanic, hear past shows, play the puzzler, join our discussion boards, and learn safe driving tips. ODI opens investigation DP into Sudden Unintended Acceleration in , Tacomas, based Kronholm’s defect petition and on 31 complaints to the agency.
April 10 NHTSA opens low-level investigation PE into SUA involving 54, Toyota Siennas, based on one report alleging unwanted acceleration on a subject vehicle. The Toyota vehicle recalls involved three separate but related recalls of automobiles by Toyota Motor Corporation, which occurred at the end of and start of Toyota initiated the recalls, the first two with the assistance of the U.S.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), after reports that several vehicles experienced unintended acceleration. NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain Tundra, Sequoia, Corolla, Corolla Matrix and Scion xB, Highlander and Highlander Hybrid, Camry and Camry Hybrid, Camry and Camry Hybrid, RAV4, Yaris, and .
Southeast Toyota Distributors (SET) is recalling 1, model year Toyota 4Runners that it modified to be equipped with a TRD wheel package. Toyota has come under fire in recent years due to the frequency of sudden unintended acceleration incidents in their car models.5/5(2).