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  • Toyota Next Up In Chinese Supplier Strikes

    06/18/2010 10:13:33 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 5 replies · 170+ views
    Industrial Maintenance and Plant Operations ^ | June 18, 2010 | Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer
    SHANGHAI (AP) — Toyota Motor was assessing the impact Friday from strikes that hit two of its China-based parts suppliers, the latest unrest among migrant workers who are the backbone of the country's industrial sector. Workers at a plastic parts factory of Toyota Motor Corp. affiliate Toyoda Gosei Co. in the northeastern city of Tianjin went on strike Thursday, forcing the plant's production line to shut down in the afternoon, said Toyoda Gosei spokesman Tomotaka Ito, at the company's headquarters in Aichi, Japan. That walkout followed a one-day strike by workers at another Toyoda Gosei unit and Toyota supplier, Tianjin...
  • Toyota Resurrects Mississippi Plant to Make Corollas (Update1)

    06/17/2010 11:29:52 AM PDT · by WKB · 15 replies · 554+ views
    Bloomberg ^ | 6-17-10 | By Alan Ohnsman and Cornelius Rahn
    Toyota Motor Corp. is resurrecting plans to complete a plant in Mississippi 18 months after mothballing the facility as U.S. sales collapsed
  • Domestic Brands Surpass Imports in Initial Quality for the First Time in IQS History

    06/17/2010 11:34:40 AM PDT · by eraser2005 · 10 replies · 483+ views
    JD Power Newswire ^ | 6/17/2010 | JD Power
    WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.: 17 June 2010 - Domestic auto brands, as a whole, have demonstrated higher initial quality than import brands for the first time, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) released today. The study has been conducted annually for the past 24 years.
  • Nascar Sprint Cup Toyota/SaveMart 350 @ Infineon - TNT Sunday 06/20/10 3pm ET (Race #16 of 36)

    06/16/2010 11:26:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 134 replies · 652+ views
    Nascar.com ^ | 6/16/10
    Sonoma. Wine country and 80ish. Race #16 plays out on a road course. Thanks to our Armed Forces members, past and present. Oh. Did I forget Dad? HaPPY Father's Day!
  • Tesla’s Elon Musk: “I Ran Out of Cash” - 0bama's Space Savior on Financial Ropes

    06/09/2010 10:35:26 PM PDT · by anymouse · 37 replies · 158+ views
    Venture Beat ^ | May 27, 2010 | Owen Thomas
    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk seems to have it all. The electric-car entrepreneur is the toast of Silicon Valley, Sacramento, and Tokyo after unveiling a plan to revive Toyota’s shuttered NUMMI plant last week. And deal-hungry Wall Street bankers are angling to take his company public. He’s even a Hollywood star, with a cameo in the hit Iron Man 2 movie, said to be based on his life story. The one thing he doesn’t have, by his own admission, is money. “About four months ago, I ran out of cash,” he wrote in a court filing dated Feb. 23, reviewed...
  • Recall Alert: Regulators Looking Into Reports of Sticking Ford Floor-Mats

    06/03/2010 10:45:11 PM PDT · by prisoner6 · 19 replies · 541+ views
    Family Car Guide ^ | June 2nd, 2010 | Tim Healey
    Recall Alert: Regulators Looking Into Reports of Sticking Ford Floor-Mats Unintended acceleration and sticking floor-mat problems may have spread from Toyota to Ford. Following consumer complaints concerning unintended acceleration caused by sticking floor mats in 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans, federal regulators have opened an investigation.
  • GM, WH and Congress expand War on Toyota to War on Ford and the US Consumer

    06/03/2010 6:02:56 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 39 replies · 1,021+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-03-10 | Mataharley
    Despite what headlines proclaimed as a GM success with May figures of a 17% increase year over year, GM's lackluster gains landed them in 11th position out of 15 auto manufacturers' gains in the same period. Apparently, this simply will not do for Obama's Government Motors. So a two pronged assault on competition has been in the works. Today, federal regulators (NHTSA) has announced they are launching an investigation into Ford for sudden acceleration after verifying three complaints. Yup... I said three complaints. On other fronts, GM China (49% share), along with their majority venture partner SAIC, are hosting a...
  • Your Toyota have a sudden acceleration problem? House Democrats solution ..tax increase

    05/28/2010 9:42:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 324+ views
    wash. examiner ^ | 5/28/10 | Mark Tapscott
    Members of the House will soon vote on the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010, which is essentially the response by the House Democratic leadership to the Toyota sudden acceleration scandal. The measure includes a $9 per car tax to fund a lengthy list of actions to be taken by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to make sure your car doesn't suddenly accelerate without your permision in the future. The tax will be disguised as a "Vehicle Safety Fund" fee to be collected by the manufacturers. That means it will be actually be collected as part of the...
  • Tesla, Toyota to build electric car at NUMMI plant

    05/20/2010 6:02:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 741+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 5/20/10 | Dana Hull
    In a deal expected to create hundreds of jobs, Tesla Motors announced today that it is teaming up with Toyota to build its all-electric Model S sedan at the recently shuttered NUMMI plant in Fremont. Under the agreement, Toyota will invest $50 million in Tesla, which will acquire the NUMMI plant and begin production of Teslas's Model S sedan in 2012. The deal is expected to create more than 1,000 new jobs The joint venture was unveiled by Tesla's CEO Elon Musk at a 5 p.m. news conference with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has been eager to highlight job creation....
  • Swagger Wagon; Toyota minivan

    05/20/2010 6:47:57 AM PDT · by EmilyGeiger · 19 replies · 847+ views
    Toyota's answer to the bad hype about their vehicles. Great commercial.
  • Time for Democrats to Face a People’s Court

    05/10/2010 7:43:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 689+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2010 | Terry Paulson
    Whether it’s Toyota or Goldman Sachs/US, Congress loves to publicly feast on executives’ failures to address problems with a rapid-fire stream of questions. They love to blame banks, CEO’s, “corporate greed,” and, of course, President George Bush. With Toyota executives on the hot seat, Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel observed, “There was kind of an attempt to sweep everything under the rug, keep it under the table, not tell anybody and maybe it’ll just go away.” With an exploding deficit, a new, expensive healthcare entitlement, a jobless recovery, and the expanding shortfalls in Medicare and Social Security, maybe it’s time we...
  • AP-GfK Poll: Americans say US cars top Asian autos

    04/21/2010 11:55:12 AM PDT · by decimon · 47 replies · 761+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 21, 2010 | ALAN FRAM
    After a long romance with foreign rivals, America's love affair with the automobile is returning to its roots with a revived affection for U.S.-made cars. Slightly more Americans now say the United States makes better-quality vehicles than Asia does, with 38 percent saying U.S. cars are best and 33 percent preferring autos made by Asian companies, according to an Associated Press-GfK Poll.
  • Toyota and the Union-Backed, Government-Led Witch Hunt

    04/13/2010 7:05:42 PM PDT · by caper gal 1 · 15 replies · 556+ views
    Andrew Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 17, 2010 | Brian Johnson
    One might think this is the first auto recall in decades from the way government officials and Congressional Committees have pounced on Toyota. However, as recent as last month, Honda announced a recall of 646,000 Fit models (or Jazz in some markets) due to a faulty master switch that could allow water to enter the electrical components resulting in fires. Ford, less than one year ago, was forced to recall more than 4 million cars based on 550 vehicle fires. The recall concerned cruise-control deactivation switches that were installed in 16 million Fords. Part of the recall included nearly 1.1...
  • Lexus SUV a rollover risk -- Consumer Reports

    04/13/2010 4:38:14 AM PDT · by Abathar · 30 replies · 837+ views
    CNNMoney.com ^ | April 13, 2010 | Peter Valdes-Dapena
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Consumer Reports has issued a safety warning on Toyota's 2010 Lexus GX 460 SUV because of an increased rollover risk during a turn. The magazine says it uncovered the problem during routine tests, and is urging car shoppers not to buy the GX 460 until this problem has been remedied. The special designation given to the GX 460 by Consumer Reports -- "Don't Buy: Safety Risk" -- is rarely given by the magazine. The last time it was used was in 2001, on the Mitsubishi Montero Limited. About 5,000 GX 460s have been sold in the...
  • Detroit's Long Road (The U.S. auto industry isn't dead, but it isn't back, either)

    04/10/2010 6:07:22 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 40 replies · 907+ views
    Forbes ^ | April 12, 2010 | Jerry Flint
    The cover of April's Motor Trend magazine informs us that "Buick Is Back." That followed by a few weeks the front page of Barron's declaring that "GM Is Back." My investment advisor, AllianceBernstein ( AB - news - people ), brags at its annual meeting that it's buying Ford. Toyota ( TM - news - people )'s troubles, of course, will send traffic to Ford and General Motors showrooms. If only it were that easy for Detroit to recover lost ground. The loss of confidence in Detroit's vehicles among American car buyers is deep and persistent. GM and Ford--and maybe...
  • Toyota official: 'We need to come clean'

    04/07/2010 9:03:09 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 15 replies · 684+ views
    AP (via MyWay) ^ | Apr 7, 2010 | LARRY MARGASAK and KEN THOMAS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Five days before Toyota announced a massive recall, a U.S. public relations executive at the automaker warned colleagues in an internal e-mail: "We need to come clean" about accelerator problems, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday. "We are not protecting our customers by keeping this quiet," wrote Irv Miller, group vice president for environment and public affairs. "The time to hide on this one is over."
  • General Motors President Fines Competitor Toyota

    04/06/2010 8:50:38 AM PDT · by foutsc · 15 replies · 624+ views
    Western Hero ^ | 6 April 2010 | Silverfiddle
    General Motors President Barack Obama will fine his competitor Toyota a whopping $16 Million dollars.  It's good to be the king! The announcement was made by loyal Liberal Democrat and Grand High Lord Minister of The People's Roads and Transport, Ray LaHood.
  • Toyota Should Be Fined $16.4 Million, LaHood Says (Obama's World: Your competitor can fine you)

    04/05/2010 1:33:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies · 828+ views
    Business Week ^ | 04/05/2010 | Angela Greiling Keane
    Toyota Motor Corp. “knowingly hid a dangerous defect” that caused sudden acceleration and should be fined the maximum civil penalty of $16.4 million, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, waited at least four months before it told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about vehicle accelerator pedals that may stick, LaHood said today in an e-mailed statement. “We now have proof that Toyota failed to live up to its legal obligations,” LaHood said in the statement. “Worse yet, they knowingly hid a dangerous defect for months from U.S. officials and did not take action to...
  • Obama Administration Slaps Toyota On Behalf of UAW Union

    04/05/2010 1:22:15 PM PDT · by Texas Peartree · 17 replies · 511+ views
    The Voice of Reason ^ | April 5, 2010 | Texas Peartree
    The US government should never own or operate an actual company. Look what they have done to the finances of Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. Giving such power to a governmental bureaucracy is metaphorically like giving a Minuteman missile to a colony of spider monkeys. They probably wouldn’t know how to use it, but it would still cause concern to their neighbors. This mistake is even true for phony-baloney companies that exist solely to provide jobs and swag to former Democrat functionaries, such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Democrats did the impossible, taking two publically traded companies and...
  • Middle class takes a hit as Nummi plant closes

    04/02/2010 9:33:57 AM PDT · by thecodont · 44 replies · 1,132+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Friday, April 2, 2010 | Chip Johnson
    April 1 was certainly no fool's joke in Fremont, where the last car - a Corolla - rolled off the assembly line at the Nummi auto plant. It was the end of an era for a city that had built a local economy with the auto plant at the hub of the wheel. The automaker employed 4,700 workers, and related industries that provided services employed another 20,000 people. Nummi was the last auto plant operating in the state, and its shutdown closes another chapter in the life of the blue-collar worker, once a symbol of American middle-class life. Read more:...
  • Toyota's safety, quality record belies current piling on (Why Toyota is getting a media bum rap)

    04/02/2010 7:11:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 618+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 04/02/2010
    It is possible that new, damning details could come to light about Toyota's response to faulty accelerator claims. But absent new revelations - and if we are to judge based solely on what we know now - Toyota is getting a bum rap. The Japanese car maker has been stung by a series of reports of customers experiencing out-of-control speeding. The result has been front-page news stories, a product recall, multiple congressional hearings, a big hit to Toyota's stock price and the threat of multiple lawsuits. To top it off, some are even demanding Toyota offer to buy back vehicles...
  • Last NUMMI vehicle completed this morning

    04/01/2010 1:55:04 PM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 17 replies · 1,088+ views
    Mercury News ^ | April 1, 2010 | George Avalos
    FREMONT — NUMMI produced its last car at 9:40 a.m. today. The red Toyota Corolla rolled off the line, as hundreds of employees, dignitaries and company officials watched, according to workers and union leaders. The car is believed to be destined for a museum in Japan. "It's over," said Javier Contreras, an official with the United Auto Workers.
  • California's last auto plant shuts its doors (California tax base collapsing)

    04/01/2010 12:24:24 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 47 replies · 1,852+ views
    Briebart ^ | 1 April, 2010 | Unattributed
    Employees at the NUMMI plant work on the last Toyota Tacoma truck to come... Employees at the NUMMI plant get a look the last Toyota Tacoma truck to... FREMONT, Calif. (AP) - The last car has rolled off the production lines at California's sole auto plant. Workers are trickling out of the New United Motor Manufacturing plant in Fremont as they complete their tasks and the plant readies to shut down. Nearby, job centers have been set up to help the newly unemployed figure out benefits, retraining and other options. The plant made Toyota Tacoma trucks and Corolla sedans. The...
  • Toyota's US sales jump 35.3 percent in March (Oh Noes!)

    04/01/2010 11:44:32 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 31 replies · 851+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 4/1/2010
    Toyota on Thursday reported a 35.3 percent jump in US sales in March, rebounding from a series of mass safety recalls which have undermined the embattled Japanese automaker's reputation. "Toyota's strong sales performance in March reflects our customers' continued confidence in the safety and reliability of our vehicles and their trust in the brand," said Don Esmond, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales USA. "We are standing by our cars, and we're grateful that our customers are standing by Toyota."
  • Toyota's Stumble is Not a Metaphor for Japan Inc.

    03/31/2010 11:37:10 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 527+ views
    Asia Sentinel ^ | 03/29/10 | Lam Peng Er
    Toyota's Stumble is Not a Metaphor for Japan Inc. Written by Lam Peng Er Monday, 29 March 2010 Bowed but unbeaten: CEO of Toyota Motor corp, Akio Toyoda apologies, but Japan's industrial excellence is undminished Toyota's management had problems before the brakes Toyota's dramatic fall from grace has come as a great shock in Japan, especially as many abroad tend to view this as emblematic of the country's decline. Inside Japan, though, the car manufacturer's troubles are seen as more political than technical in origin. All the explanations underlining Toyota's problem of global overstretch, however, make the prognostication of Japan's...
  • Occam's Razor, Toyota, NASA and Gremlins

    03/30/2010 1:31:40 PM PDT · by CriticalThinking · 29 replies · 1,509+ views
    OI Ventures ^ | 3/30/2010 | J. Williams
    I spent a good part of my career as an engineer involved in complex aerospace systems. When I think of all the complexity that goes into aircraft design, I am impressed that our engineering process deliver such a high quality and safe solution. I have always thought a great deal of Toyota and their talent. The loss of life from unintended acceleration is a great tragedy. Frankly its amazing there are not more automotive deaths given the range of drivers and capabilities.....
  • NASA will help probe Toyota acceleration problem

    03/30/2010 7:10:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 440+ views
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 03/30/2010 | Ken Thomas
    NASA and the National Academy of Sciences are joining the government's effort to figure out what caused the sudden acceleration problems that led to Toyota's massive recalls. NASA scientists with expertise in electronics will help the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study potential electronic ties to unintended acceleration in Toyotas. NASA's knowledge of electronics, computer hardware and software and hazard analysis will ensure a comprehensive review, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Monday. In a separate study, the National Academy of Sciences will examine unwanted acceleration and electronic vehicle controls in cars from around the auto industry, LaHood said. The National...
  • CA: Last truck rolls off Nummi assembly line

    03/27/2010 6:59:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 1,018+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 3/27/10 | Tom Abate
    New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. made its last Tacoma truck for Toyota Corp. on Friday, idling about 1,000 workers and moving the West Coast's only auto plant closer to its scheduled Thursday shutdown. Nummi opened in 1984 as a joint venture between General Motors and Toyota. After GM quit the partnership last summer, Toyota decided to close the plant. Next week, another 3,700 rank-and-file employees represented by the United Auto Workers Union will lose their jobs when Nummi builds its last Toyota Corolla. Departing Nummi workers will leave with severance packages from Toyota and aid from the federal Trade Adjustment...
  • How Media Took Us For A Ride In A Prius (The great Hybrid Horror Hoax)

    03/24/2010 6:48:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 1,201+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 03/24/2010 | Michael Fumento
    For three days, James Sikes held America's highest honor: victim. The nation had been transfixed by his almost half-hour-long 94-mph horror ride in his runaway Toyota Prius. He burned his brakes right down to the metal, unable to even slow the vehicle. Only his prescience in calling 911, followed by a highway patrol officer providing assistance, saved his life. Then my article "Toyota Hybrid Horror Hoax" at Forbes.com brought it crashing down. But lest you get false impressions from that title, the real hoaxter wasn't Jim Sikes, but the media. Red flags about his story were popping up from the...
  • How Media Took Us For A Ride In A Prius

    03/23/2010 4:55:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,226+ views
    Investor.com ^ | March 23, 2010 | MICHAEL FUMENTO
    For three days, James Sikes held America's highest honor: victim. The nation had been transfixed by his almost half-hour-long 94-mph horror ride in his runaway Toyota Prius. He burned his brakes right down to the metal, unable to even slow the vehicle. Only his prescience in calling 911, followed by a highway patrol officer providing assistance, saved his life. Then my article "Toyota Hybrid Horror Hoax" at Forbes.com brought it crashing down. But lest you get false impressions from that title, the real hoaxter wasn't Jim Sikes, but the media. Red flags about his story were popping up from the...
  • learn what it feels like to be in a run away Toyota!

    03/23/2010 8:54:26 AM PDT · by beericus · 15 replies · 494+ views
    beericus.com ^ | March 18, 2010 | Jerome
    http://www.toyotasimulator.com/
  • Fly By Wire: My Two Cents on Heading to a Crash

    03/19/2010 11:35:25 AM PDT · by SpareChange · 5 replies · 754+ views
    Spare Change | 19 March 2010 | David J. Aland
    Fly By Wire: My Two Cents On Heading to a Crash By David J. Aland 19 March 2010 Much has been made lately about the sudden accelerations of Toyota vehicles. The automaker has offered every possible explanation – floor mats, driver error, sticky pedals – but failed to make it stop happening, and firmly resisted the idea that the computerized “fly by wire” system in the newer models somehow has a “glitch” that leads to these inexplicable events. As the happy owner of two Toyotas, I have experienced this “ghost in the machine” when one of my vehicles, for the...
  • Toyota: Sudden Acceleration or Creeping Fear?

    03/19/2010 5:35:12 AM PDT · by mattstat · 3 replies · 278+ views
    Just look at these headlines! * “Inquiry on Auto Acceleration Expanded by U .S.,” New York Times * “Cars That Speed Up Mysteriously Spark Bitter Dispute Over Cause,” Wall Street Journal * “Runaway Cars,” Detroit News And how about these? * “Car Plows into Park, Killing 3 & Injuring Dozens,” New York Times * “Car Kills Woman At Market,” Post-Standard * “Sudden Acceleration May Be the Cause of Recent Accidents…,” Corporate Crime Reporter Boy, doesn’t Toyota have problems? Maybe not. That first set of headlines was from an earlier “epidemic” of sudden accelerations thought to be caused by Ford automobiles....
  • Toyota hysteria : Horror stories tell us more about our lawsuit mentality rather than facts

    03/18/2010 7:55:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies · 572+ views
    New York Post ^ | 03/17/2010 | Michael Fumento
    It's a Stephen King novel come to life -- Toyotas are smashing into walls and doctors' offices and taking Prius owners on wild rides at 94 mph, even with the driver "standing on the brakes." Except these tales tell us more about us -- the American media and the American public -- than they do about the cars. Yes, Toyota has at least one problem in some models. Four people tragically died when their car's accelerator got stuck in a floor mat. There may prove to be other problems, too. But the tall tales don't add up. In a Forbes.com...
  • BS Alert 2! Steve Wozniak (And The Media) Still Spreading Prius UA Obfuscation

    03/16/2010 12:26:32 AM PDT · by hamboy · 11 replies · 436+ views
    The Truth About Cars ^ | March 9, 2010 | Paul Niedermeyer
    One of my pet gripes about the media and celebrities is the lack of follow-up and accountability. Remember all the hoopla about Steve Wozniak’s Prius with the mysterious electronics glitch that he could manipulate to create UA? My take was that obviously his cruise control had a minor bug that only showed up at over eighty mph. Woz readily admitted that he could disengage it with a tap on the brakes. Well, thanks to his celebrity status and the coverage, the story ended with Toyota agreeing to take his Prius for a week to test it thoroughly. So what...
  • Toyota: Runaway Prius Guy Jim Sikes Is Balloon-Boy 2

    03/15/2010 11:57:14 PM PDT · by hamboy · 56 replies · 1,375+ views
    Business Insider ^ | March 15, 2010 | Henry Blodget
    The appropriate word here would probably be "busted." "My Prius went wild!" guy Jim Sikes apparently didn't realize his car carried the equivalent of an airliner's Black Box. Ah, well.  Live and learn, Jim.  In the Big House.
  • Toyota says tests cast doubts on story of runaway Prius in California

    03/15/2010 6:51:43 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 18 replies · 575+ views
    washingtonpost ^ | March 16, 2010
    Toyota on Monday said that extensive testing of the 2008 Prius that allegedly took a Southern California driver on a 30-mile runaway ride last week casts serious doubts on his story.
  • Haven't found that software glitch, Toyota? Keep trying

    03/15/2010 3:54:27 PM PDT · by dickmc · 30 replies · 733+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 11, 2010 | David M. Cummings
    While the Toyota portion of the article is informative, the really interesting is the authors remarks on: As anyone with experience in embedded systems will tell you, there are nasty software bugs that can be extremely difficult to reproduce in a laboratory test environment. To illustrate, I'd like to describe one such bug we encountered at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory while developing the flight software for NASA's Mars Pathfinder spacecraft.... much more experience is detailed in the article here which is quite interesting and well worth reading.
  • Results of Toyota's tests of runaway Prius 'inconsistent' with driver's account

    03/15/2010 2:29:15 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 739+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 15, 2010 | 1:14 p.m | Times Staff Reports
    The carmaker says it failed to reproduce the stuck accelerator that a motorist says took him on a wild ride near San Diego last week.The automaker said its two days of testing failed to reproduce James Sikes' reported stuck accelerator that the driver said led to a 20-minute ride on a San Diego area freeway before he could get the car stopped with the help of the California Highway Patrol. Toyota said its investigators found the accelerator pedal to be "working normally," with no interference caused by floor mats. No diagnostic trouble codes were found by the testers in the...
  • Exorcising Toyota’s Demons

    03/15/2010 7:03:12 AM PDT · by libstripper · 19 replies · 797+ views
    Natioal Reiew Online ^ | March 15, 2010 | Walter Olson
    You know those unseen and undetectable gremlins that hide in Toyota’s electronic throttle controls? Turns out they have it in for elderly drivers. The Los Angeles Times has compiled a list of 56 fatal incidents over 19 years purportedly involving unintended Toyota acceleration, and according to my Overlawyered co-blogger Ted Frank — in a Thursday analysis refined and extended the next day by Megan McArdle of The Atlantic — the age of the driver can be publicly ascertained in a little more than half the instances. That median age turns out to be 60 — that is to say, half...
  • Toyota, transport officials unable to spot reported Prius fault

    03/15/2010 5:49:54 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 25 replies · 710+ views
    marketwatch ^ | March 15, 2010
    Technicians with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Toyota Motor Corp. could not duplicate the unintended acceleration reported by a Prius driver in California last week, according to a published report. The lawyer of the motorists involved in the run-away-vehicle incident received a congressional memo informing him of the finding, the Associated Press reported Sunday. The memo also questioned his client's version of events. The memo was based on the observations of a congressional staffer who attended a two-day inspection last week at a Toyota dealership in suburban San Diego. A Toyota official who attended the inspection was cited...
  • CNN: Investigators Unable To Recreate Runaway Prius After 2 Hours of Trying (Video)

    03/14/2010 10:16:04 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 41 replies · 957+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 3/14/10 | HAP
    Draft memo obtained by CNN: "It's feasibly not possible both electronically and mechanically that the gas pedal was stuck and that Mr. Sikes could have been slamming on the brake pedal at the same time and not have the car slow down" (Prius story debunked, 2 videos)
  • Toyota Hybrid Horror Hoax

    03/13/2010 12:29:13 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 60 replies · 2,182+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | 03-12-10 | Michael Fumento
    Exploring an overblown media frenzy. "On the very day Toyota was making a high-profile defense of its cars, one of them was speeding out of control," said CBS News--and a vast number of other media outlets worldwide. The driver of a 2008 Toyota Prius, James Sikes, called 911 to say his accelerator was stuck, he was zooming faster than 90 miles per hour and absolutely couldn't slow down. It got far more dramatic, though. The California Highway Patrol responded and "To get the runaway car to stop, they actually had to put their patrol car in front of the Prius...
  • Prius “Balloon Boy”: Scam for cash? Ex biz partner fingers Sikes as scammer

    03/13/2010 10:51:51 AM PST · by Starman417 · 30 replies · 1,699+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-13-10 | Mataharley
    Independent investigative journalist, Michael Fumento, has down the yeoman's work on what appears to be the latest "Balloom Boy" hoax, Jim Sike's runaway Prius escapade on San Diego's Interstate 8. Just as a nation watched a solitary balloon supposedly containing a young boy, made all the more dramatic when mesmerized, by hushed voices by talking heads expressing their horror, again the media dominated the airwaves with an runaway Prius with 61 year old Realtor®, Jim Sikes, at the wheel and on his cell with 911 responders. Still, there were a few detecting a distinct aroma about the affair. 911 repeatedly...
  • Toyota races down Main Street after accelerator sticks

    03/13/2010 9:10:04 AM PST · by MichaelP · 89 replies · 1,509+ views
    London, Ky Sentinel Echo ^ | 03/12/2010 | Nita Johnson
    LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A trip down London’s Main Street Tuesday became terrifying for a Corbin family, when their Toyota Camry accelerated uncontrollably for more than four blocks before stopping near London Elementary School. The lights on the 911 Dispatch phone lines lit up around 11:30 a.m. as people called to report a 2008 Toyota Camry speeding through Main Street. London Police Lt. Stewart Walker said 68-year-old Ada Perry and three passengers were traveling north on Main Street when the car’s accelerator stuck. Perry struck one unoccupied vehicle near the intersection of Sixth and Main streets, then struck two other...
  • Did ABC Stage Report on Toyota Acceleration?

    03/12/2010 6:03:29 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 67 replies · 1,581+ views
    WTAQ 1360 AM ^ | March 9th | Jerry Bader
    According to Toyota, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, ABC's report on potential acceleration problems shows the tachometer at 6,000 RPM when evidence of the vehicle shows it is in park. ABC has replaced the video (never a good sign). Further, this story involves a manipulation of the electronics in question. Toyota's counter offensive came on the same day an out of control Prius was stopped with help from police on a San Diego freeway. Whether or not Toyota product has rapid acceleration problems is becoming the "Elvis sightings" equivalent of the automotive industry. As such, it could be...
  • Toyota Hybrid Horror Hoax

    03/12/2010 4:28:04 PM PST · by Oklahoma · 22 replies · 2,001+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | 03.12.10, 01:37 PM EST | Michael Fumento
    "On the very day Toyota was making a high-profile defense of its cars, one of them was speeding out of control," said CBS News--and a vast number of other media outlets worldwide. The driver of a 2008 Toyota Prius, James Sikes, called 911 to say his accelerator was stuck, he was zooming faster than 90 miles per hour and absolutely couldn't slow down. It got far more dramatic, though. The California Highway Patrol responded and "To get the runaway car to stop, they actually had to put their patrol car in front of the Prius and step on the brakes."...
  • I Am Not Afraid Of My Toyota Prius

    03/12/2010 2:40:45 PM PST · by raptor22 · 52 replies · 1,304+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 12, 2010 | Theodore H. Frank
    I’ve been driving Toyota Priuses since 2001. As a junior defense lawyer in the mid-90s, I litigated a number of bogus sudden acceleration cases that were brought against General Motors. So the recent kerfuffle over alleged mysterious electronic problems with the Prius and other Toyotas has certainly caught my attention beyond just throwing my floor mat in the trunk. (snip) The Los Angeles Times recently did a story detailing all of the NHTSA reports of Toyota “sudden acceleration” fatalities, and, though the Times did not mention it, the ages of the drivers involved were striking. In the 24 cases where...
  • Man at Wheel of 'Out-of-Control' Prius Has Troubled Financial Past

    03/12/2010 2:18:23 PM PST · by raptor22 · 26 replies · 1,369+ views
    FOX News ^ | March 12, 2010 | Staff
    The man who became the face of the Toyota gas pedal scandal this week has a troubled financial past that is leading some to question whether he was wholly truthful in his story. On Monday, James Sikes called 911 to report that he was behind the wheel of an out-of-control Toyota Prius going 94 mph on a freeway near San Diego. Twenty-three minutes later, a California Highway Patrol officer helped guide him to a stop, a rescue that was captured on videotape. Since then, it's been learned that: — Sikes filed for bankruptcy in San Diego in 2008. According to...
  • Toyota wins case over Volvo 'safest car' claims

    03/12/2010 1:52:53 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 16 replies · 441+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 03/12/2010 | Peter Vinthagen Simpson
    Sweden's Market Court (Marknadsdomstolen) has ruled that Volvo Car's marketing of its XC60 vehicle as the "safest in the world" is misleading and lacks supporting evidence. "Volvo has not presented any proof at all which verifies or even indicates that the XC60 is the safest in the world. Volvo's claim is a general one and clearly lacks substantiation," the court said in its ruling on a case brought by Japanese firm Toyota. Volvo has been warned that it will incur a fine of one million kronor ($140,000) if it does not desist from making the claims. The court based its...