Skip to comments.Toyota's new woes
Posted on 02/03/2010 3:28:33 AM PST by Scanian
WASHINGTON -- Toyota has hit another pothole.
The company has gotten over 100 complaints in the US and Japan about brake problems involving it popular Prius hybrid, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
Two involved crashes resulting in injuries.
Japan's transport ministry ordered an investigation early today.
The complaints are the latest in a spate of quality troubles for the auto maker as it grapples with massive global recalls due to sticking accellerators. The Prius is not part of that recall of nearly 4.5 million vehicles.
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That will make a lot of the liberals unhappy.
This whole thing is going to get seriously convoluted. Now, every time there’s an accident involving a Toyota the driver will be able to blame it on the pedal problem, even if it had nothing to do with it.
Obama’s promise to the UAW was to destroy Non-Union Toyota.
The Little Fascist is ruining a company that employs tens of thousands of Americans, so his union thugs can strangle the people of America.
DO NOT BUY GM OR CHRYSLER!!!
Have you driven a Ford...Lately!
Watch this video and then tell me that Toyota doesn’t have some serious design issues with their brakes...
This is not the problem with the Prius, however.
O what a feeling!!!!
Toyota is still the liberals’ vehicle of choice - just check their ‘Save the Earth’ commercial with that baby boomer liberal in the t-shirt and all the years of Toyotas.
Toyota is still my vehicle of choice and I’m no liberal.
In the video, when he hits the brakes the car slows down sharply, even with the gas on the floor, but he lets off the brake for his “don't pump” part.
I've tried this experiment myself from about 60 mph. My car (actually, it's a minivan with drum brakes in the rear) slowed down quickly. After slowing sharply I went on my way. I plan to repeat my experiment and stop all the way plus test the “don't pump” theory as well.
I don't think Consumer Reports would fake this. That being said, with anti-lock brakes, you are not supposed to pump the brakes, since the system is doing that for you.
If the system fails because you pumped the brakes, then that is a serious design flaw.
Feb. 2, 2010 - APPLE Founder: Toyota Problem is Software
Wozniak Says Problem with His Runaway Prius is Not the Gas Pedal
Steve Wosniak on ABC News claiming he can often but not always cause a runaway acceleration in his 2010 Prius by tapping the cruise control, presumably meaning it is neither the pedal nor the floormats, but most likely a software glitch.
But thats not the story. The story is he (says he) could reach neither officials at Toyota nor in the government, couldnt even get the numbers, which is why he called the news.
The best way to teach those evil doers a lesson is to buy a used Toyoata and refuse to take it in for the fix. That will show Obama who’s boss.
That’s as may be but it was the baby boom liberal “anti-war” folks who got the ball rolling for Japanese cars in the late 60s/early 70s - it was their way of getting back at daddy who committed those “war crimes” against Japan in WWII.
Isn’t most of Toyota’s production carried out in Japan by “Union” workers?
He doesn't say why. He just says that it happens. You can see the brake fail alert on the dashboard.
In the video, when he hits the brakes the car slows down sharply, even with the gas on the floor, but he lets off the brake for his don't pump part.
Obviously, the video has been edited. You don't see him pumping, but you see the brakes in a failure mode as a result. You have to let off on the brakes when you pump, that's what pumping means. You see the car slowing somewhat before the brakes fail, and he says that's not enough to stop the car. He claims that once the brakes go into their failure mode, they are totally ineffective.
Unless your minivan is a Toyota, your experiment might be meaningless.
There may very well be two problems that augment each other. There's the initial acceleration problem, and then there's the brake failure. The first may well be mechanical, the second is almost certainly software.
Narry a word said??? Are you kidding me, US automakers RECALL they don’t play games trying to avoid them. Oh some have in the past and been burned.
What do you expect you have audio of an entire family dying due to a DESIGN FLAW that the company KNEW about and lied about, like it has been doing for years.
Things that would be recalls for anyone else, Toyota shoved under the rug, now its biting them on the arse.
All manufacturers are going to have issues, cars are complex machines. Toyota covered it up, and thats why its in the mess its in.
As to this never happening to US automakers, really? Are you kidding me? Never heard of the Corvaire? Pinto? Exploding Gas Tanks in Pickups?? US companies have had their share of doing such things too, and have rightly been attacked for it.
Attacking Toyota for a design flaw it clearly knew about, and clearly lied about isn’t unfair, its long overdue. Toyota’s legendary “quality” has been far more propoganda than reality for quite a long time. They have been playing games for a long long time to keep their numbers down on issues, recalls etc, and it finally bit them in the butt.
I’ve owned many cars over the years, and nearly every one of them have had a recall on one thing or another, usually its something minor. Having a recall isn’t why Toyota is in the tank, its because they have as a corporation been covering up known issues for years, and many of them not so minor.
Bubble’s been popped, and you are likely to see a lot more issues with Toyota’s being raised to the level they should have been initially. They knowing put millions of cars on the road with a potentially fatal flaw even after they were aware the flaw existed, believe me, this wasn’t the first time they played fast and loose, and all sorts of other things will come to light, guaranteed.