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Toyota recalls 1.7 million vehicles as quality woes mount
Reuters ^ | 01/26/2011 | Chris Gallagher

Posted on 01/26/2011 2:41:33 AM PST by Moltke

Toyota Motor Corp said it would recall more than 1.7 million vehicles worldwide, bringing its total for recalls to nearly 16 million since late 2009 and dealing a blow to its efforts to restore its reputation for quality.

Although the situation is different from last year, when Toyota attracted intense scrutiny from U.S. safety regulators over unintended acceleration problems that were blamed for dozens of fatalities, the latest recall may make it harder for Toyota to convince investors it has put its quality problems behind it.

Shares of Toyota, the world's top automaker, extended early declines and closed down nearly 2 percent on the Tokyo Stock Exchange after the announcement.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Japan; Technical
KEYWORDS: automakers; recall; toyota
16 million vehicles recalled in just over one year! Ouch!
1 posted on 01/26/2011 2:41:38 AM PST by Moltke
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To: Moltke

Gotta be some UAW plants in Quality Assurance!


2 posted on 01/26/2011 2:43:01 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Homosexuality was the first diagnosed neurosis cured by political correctness.")
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To: Moltke

Dream on, liberal, left-wing deadbeats!!! Toyota is number one across the world and will remain that way for a long time. The challenger, believe it or not, is not Honda, but Ford Motor Company.


3 posted on 01/26/2011 2:52:56 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: Moltke

My toyota has been a good vehicle, except for one thing that drives us bonkers.

The door handles keep breaking.

I’ve replaced them at least four times, and then just stopped. I now have five broken door handles, inside and out. It’s ridiculous.


4 posted on 01/26/2011 3:03:40 AM PST by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Moltke

True, but the media would just cover up the recalls of government motors trash.


5 posted on 01/26/2011 3:10:07 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: Moltke

The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

Toyota simply grew too big for its britches.


6 posted on 01/26/2011 3:12:19 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: I still care

Sounds like my Suburban. The parts inside are all plastic and it doesn’t take much to wear them out.


7 posted on 01/26/2011 3:17:16 AM PST by Vor Lady
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To: I still care
I’ve replaced them at least four times, and then just stopped. I now have five broken door handles, inside and out. It’s ridiculous.

I have a Sienna minivan, and have had the same exact issue. Expensive one too, since the quoted replacement price is something like $350 per.

Otherwise, I really like the Toyotas I've had. The minivan has almost 140k miles on it at 10 years and is currently under recall for a corrosion-prone spare tire attachment cable (not a major issue) - but apart from needing a new alternator at around 95k (we also voluntarily replaced the waterpump when the timing belt needed to be replaced) it's needed nothing but scheduled maintenance and expected upkeep (tires and brakes). The Highlander we have is really running like a champ, but only has 50k on the odo.
8 posted on 01/26/2011 3:25:12 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: Moltke
Ye, I am always a skeptic. Is Toyota being subjected to greater scrutiny than other auto producers - like maybe Government Motors? Not to say there aren't things to find wrong. Just saying, if you subject GM cars to the same scrutiny, would there be just as many problems?

It is a great way to crush the competition!

9 posted on 01/26/2011 3:36:57 AM PST by REPANDPROUDOFIT (General, sir, it is perfectly ok to call me "ma'am"!)
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To: I still care

Over 2 years on my Toyota Matrix AWD and I’ve had to replace all 3 windshield wipers. Piece o’ crap car.


10 posted on 01/26/2011 3:38:27 AM PST by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: Moltke

150K on my 2004 4Runner and only real expense was changing the timing belt at 120K.

Other than tires and oil changes (and of course, gas) this SUV has been practically cost free.

Love my Toyotas!


11 posted on 01/26/2011 3:45:56 AM PST by hattend (The meaning of the 2010 election was rebuke, reject, and repeal. - Sarah Palin)
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To: USCG SimTech
Over 2 years on my Toyota Matrix AWD and I’ve had to replace all 3 windshield wipers. Piece o’ crap car.

OE blades are only expected to last a year. Try Trico Flex or Shield beam blades. Or try Bosch.

12 posted on 01/26/2011 3:48:57 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum (Please...someone...ask the asshole to leave the office.)
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To: Moltke

OTOH, gubbamint owner motahs is protected from such scrutiny as would result in a recall, and has all of the power of the media to taint it’s “enemies”...and they don’t like Toyota, since their high quality standards amount to “accountability”, which is anathema to union/gubbamint scumbags.


13 posted on 01/26/2011 3:50:27 AM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: hattend

ILoveMy4Runner Bump :)

My 4Runner is the 4th Toyota we have had the pleasure to have owned. Could not have wished for a better vehicle to ride out this bad economy in.

Tatt


14 posted on 01/26/2011 3:59:23 AM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Apparently the consumers feel differently; Toyota beat the UAW cars well, and will continue to do so. I don’t have to worry if my car is a “Monday car” or a “Friday car”.

Having owned a UAW car in the past, I must say there is no comparison in dealership relations with Toyota; any work
I needed done on the American car (under warranty) was treated as though I was inconveniencing the dealership, while the Toyota dealership hangs their head as though it was their personal failure that the car had even a minor problem...

: )


15 posted on 01/26/2011 4:08:03 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: Moltke
I swear by my Toyota Prius. My 1996 Ford Explorer keeps on chugging along at 225k. And our 205 Toyota Tundra is a reliable workhorse.

Three letters prevented me from buying a Ford Focus instead of the Prius...UAW.

16 posted on 01/26/2011 4:08:51 AM PST by Redleg Duke (We didn't limit out, but we nailed a bunch of RATS!)
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Don't buy a Toy-ota, buy a real car instead!

But what car to buy?

I'm Swedish, so therefore I guess it's hardly surprising I personally would recommend a Volvo.

Naturally, I'm biased, even more so as I live in Gothenburg (home of Volvo) and have worked at the assembly line at the main Torslanda plant. But regardless, Volvos are some of the safest, most comfortable and most reliable cars on Earth.

Audis, Beamers and MBs are great too, but Volvos in fact last even longer than an average Mercedes does and for some reason the Bavarians never seem to get the ergonomics right. Volvos and SAABs simply are much more comfortable means of transportation.

I've driven my V70 all the way from Sweden down to France without taking a stop (other than “bathroom breaks” and stopping for gas), when I left the vehicle it was like “Hey, did I just drive 1000 miles?”.

17 posted on 01/26/2011 4:14:28 AM PST by WesternCulture
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To: hattend

Have the same year and model. Great vehicle. At 100k now and haven’t had a problem with it yet!


18 posted on 01/26/2011 4:15:42 AM PST by Textide
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To: Caipirabob

I’m not saying you’re not right, but this seems to be a voluntary recall by Toyota.


19 posted on 01/26/2011 4:49:34 AM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Moltke

Toyota is # 1 in Japan . That should tell you something about QC .


20 posted on 01/26/2011 4:53:04 AM PST by sushiman
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To: Moltke

We have a Toyota 4 wheel drive pickup, 300K miles. We freshened to motor up and decked the head at 250K. Just an off-road truck now. We’ve broken about everything on it at one time or another, but that is hardly Toyota’s fault. We could still sell it for $3,000. Off-roaders love them.


21 posted on 01/26/2011 4:54:50 AM PST by IamConservative (Liberlism - the surety of knowing that which cannot be proven by fact.)
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To: Moltke

All car manufacturers have recalls, but Leftist Pravda rags like R00ters only report on those of non-union Toyota, and never report those of Goobermint Motors cars. No no no.
Notice how the Left reports on Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann as compared to Othuggo or any Demonkat politician for comparison of their bias. Any questions?

We had a Toyota Highlander, ran it up to 87K with NO repairs at all, only maintenance, and sold it to a friend with great confidence. We bought a used Toyota 4Runner we drive now, also ultra reliable. I wouldn’t buy anything else but a Toyota. What R00ters, the WaPost, et al report means nothing to me.

Read the annual reliability ratings of Toyotas as compared to Goobermint Motors cars in Consumer Reports — those are compiled from thousands of consumer submissions, not from CR staff. Toyota is one of the lowest maintenance vehicles you can buy.


22 posted on 01/26/2011 5:03:50 AM PST by Babu
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To: IamConservative

Epic Top Gear episode: They tried to destroy a Toyota pickup by crashing it, burning it, drowning it, and finally putting it on the roof of a condemned high rise building that was then blown up.

Couldn’t kill it, no matter what they did, it always came back to life. Amazing.


23 posted on 01/26/2011 5:17:58 AM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Moltke

Ours is a 1993. It has throttle body fuel injection. The only thing I have ever seen kill the motor is a bad mass air flow sensor. They are just so simple and elegantly engineered.


24 posted on 01/26/2011 5:33:33 AM PST by IamConservative (Liberlism - the surety of knowing that which cannot be proven by fact.)
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To: Moltke
I love my Toyota FJ Cruiser!! My first Toyota, but so far, no problems.


25 posted on 01/26/2011 5:45:12 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Moltke
What can we expect from Reuters Local 1369, EXCEPT a "friendly" reminder to all that Toyota, and ANY other Foreign car company is making CRAP compared to the "wonderful" products their union buddies make for Government Motors?

I wouldn't buy a vehicle made by Socialist U.S. union thugs if you PAID me to buy one.

I WILL buy a vehicle made by NON-union workers, and made in the South or Southwest.

26 posted on 01/26/2011 5:52:36 AM PST by DocH (Official Right-Wing Extremist Veteran Seal Of Approval)
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To: Moltke

I bught my first Toyota 4 years ago it was used, had 35,000 miles on it then.

It has 108,000 miles on it now and all IO have done is change the oil regularly put new spark plugs in it at 100,000 miles.

My wifes Buick Roadmaster from 1995 has 162,000 miles on it now.I had to replace the battery once. Great car, 26 mpg on the highway rides like a dream, has enough power to tow the world. GM decided not to build them any more.

I had 3 Astro vans all went to 200,000 miles never cost me anything except normal replacements . GM decided not to make them any more.


27 posted on 01/26/2011 5:53:48 AM PST by Venturer
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“I had 3 Astro vans all went to 200,000 miles never cost me anything except normal replacements .”

I had one of the early ones. POS! 5 transmissions in 80,000 miles. And I’m an easy goin’ driver. The Astro van’s first tranny failure was at 11,000 miles. GM had some deal that I had to pay the first $100 for any major repairs. After the 4th tranny repair, I met the mechanic in a bar. He advised me there was a design flaw, and to go to the dealer screamin’. I did. They put in a new tranny, and I sold that dog. Bought a big Ford van.
The only problem I’ve had with my 2001 Highlander has been the replacement of all 3 oxy sensors. Sold my other car last Summer cuz I just wasn’t drivin’ it much. ‘91 LS 400. Great car!


28 posted on 01/26/2011 7:36:18 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Moltke

Built here, in Japan, or both?


29 posted on 01/26/2011 8:15:42 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty too! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX
The challenger, believe it or not, is not Honda, but Ford Motor Company.

My last two (leased) vehicles were Jeeps. They took the bailout. Ford did not. I just picked up a 2011 Escape last Saturday.

The quality matches or exceeds the Hondas I had before the Jeeps; time will tell for how long.

30 posted on 01/26/2011 8:22:40 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty too! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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Ford Motor Company has done what GM has not done. It has produced a menu of vehicles suited to consumer demand. It could have stayed with the Mustang & “F” series trucks, but it elected to serve the market demand, hence the Fusion the “new” Taurus, the Escape, etc. And...the quality is there as well as reliablity. Ford now has a “great menu” of good cars across the board. GM, on the other hand succcumbed to the Obamabots and will take a royal beating on the “Volt”!!! The Camaro is far short from what it should have been. When I remember the “old” Camaro lineup of “hot” cars, these new ones make me sick!!! Free enterprise rules, Obama handouts don’t!!!


31 posted on 01/26/2011 8:32:32 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: JimRed

The article suggests both.


32 posted on 01/26/2011 8:43:28 AM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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