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March 19, 2014

Toyota agrees to pay more than $1 billion in new settlement

  • $1.2B in fines will be paid by Toyota as part of a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department; a settlement that also requires the company to admit it misled consumers about a safety issue that caused some cars to speed up instead of applying the brakes. The fine is the largest ever levied against an automobile manufacturer in the United States, and could serve as a blueprint for a similar settlement in the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation of General Motors. source
14:12 // 6 months ago
November 14, 2012

If you own a Prius Hybrid, you might want to read this…

  • 670,000 Prius Hybrids will be recalled in the weeks and months ahead. Toyota announced two safety recalls today, with an additional 2 million cars expected to need repairs outside of the United States as well, and hopes to minimize any danger to consumers resulting from the inclusion of poorly constructed steering intermediate extension shafts and/or electric water pumps. source
15:27 // 1 year ago
May 29, 2012
Hybrid hit: Prius becomes the third-highest-selling car line in the world
Thanks in part to high demand in the United States, and new tax incentives in Japan following last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, Toyota’s Prius line of hybrid vehicles is officially the third-highest-selling line of vehicles in the world. “It’s the phenomenon we saw with Chrysler and minivans,” says automotive historian and independent analyst John Wolkonowicz. “After all these years, Chrysler still is minivan sales leader. Prius was the first hybrid on the block.” (Photo via Toyota) source
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Thanks in part to high demand in the United States, and new tax incentives in Japan following last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, Toyota’s Prius line of hybrid vehicles is officially the third-highest-selling line of vehicles in the world. “It’s the phenomenon we saw with Chrysler and minivans,” says automotive historian and independent analyst John Wolkonowicz. “After all these years, Chrysler still is minivan sales leader. Prius was the first hybrid on the block.” (Photo via Toyota) source

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17:04 // 2 years ago
April 10, 2011

How the Japan quake and tsunami has affected the auto industry

  • parts Many auto manufacturers — especially in Japan — are struggling to return to their normal level of production after last month’s earthquake hurt numerous key factories in Japan.
  • labor Manufacturers at Toyota, Nissan and Honda plan to get their workers back on the job very soon — but only at half-time. Toyota’s U.S. factory workers also haven’t had as much work lately.
  • colors Ford, which isn’t Japanese, has its own problems — see, a key metallic pigment they use comes from a factory near Fukushima. Good luck getting a “tuxedo black” car. source

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10:41 // 3 years ago
February 24, 2011

Toyota’s got floormat issues: They just recalled a bunch of cars

  • 2.17
    million
    the number of cars Toyota recalled today for gas-pedal/floormat issues
  • 5.3
    million
    the number of cars previously recalled for similar issues source

» What’s the issue? Simply put, the floormats aren’t fully secure, so that when you’re driving, it can move around and get caught inside the gas pedal mechanism. This issue is unrelated the that acceleration problem Toyota’s cars have infamously had recently.

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10:42 // 3 years ago
February 8, 2011

Toyota’s cars don’t have computers with minds of their own

  • yes Mechanical defects in the Toyota vehicles, which have already been addressed by the company, were behind the sudden acceleration problem their cars had.
  • no After a long check, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the electronics were OK and the computer wasn’t at fault. source
14:40 // 3 years ago
October 21, 2010

Same ol’ song and dance: Toyota back to recalling cars again

  • 1.5 million cars recalled over brake fluid leaking concerns source
7:26 // 3 years ago
October 15, 2010
Here’s something you didn’t know about Toyota’s brand recognition: So, fun fact about Toyota trucks: They’re well-respected the world over by rebel and insurgent groups, to the point that they’re telltale signs. source

Here’s something you didn’t know about Toyota’s brand recognition: So, fun fact about Toyota trucks: They’re well-respected the world over by rebel and insurgent groups, to the point that they’re telltale signs. source

21:42 // 3 years ago