Posts Tagged ‘product safety’

Chrysler recalls minivans, Jeeps

by Associated Press Published: June 7,2010

Tags: automobile industry, product recall, product safety

DETROIT — Chrysler is recalling nearly 600,000 minivans and Jeep Wranglers because of brake or wiring problems that could create safety issues, the company and federal regulators said today. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website the automaker is recalling 288,968 Jeep Wranglers from the 2006 through 2010 model years due to […] [...]

Toyota issues Lexus recall in Japan

by Associated Press Published: May 21,2010

Tags: automakers, automobile industry, product recall, product safety

TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. began a recall today of 4,509 Lexus cars in Japan because of a computer problem affecting the model’s steering system, with a similar recall to follow in the U.S. The carmaker said Wednesday it would recall the cars in Japan, with another 7,000 affected in the U.S., China, Europe and […] [...]

Toyota turns a profit

by Associated Press Published: May 11,2010

Tags: automakers, automobile industry, product recall, product safety

TOKYO — Toyota cruised back to profit in the latest quarter as the world’s top carmaker cut costs and hitched a ride on the global auto sales recovery while fighting to salvage its reputation for quality. But the automaker’s top executive and analysts alike said Toyota is still far from a full recovery while another […] [...]

More fines possible for Toyota

by Associated Press Published: May 10,2010

Tags: automakers, automobile industry, product recall, product safety

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today the U.S. wants to see results from Toyota’s efforts to improve safety, and more fines would be imposed if needed. “If a fine is required, I think everyone recognizes now that safety is our number one priority, and we will do all that we can to uphold […] [...]

Toyota recalls nearly 10,000 Lexus SUVs

by Associated Press Published: April 20,2010

Tags: automakers, automobile industry, product recall, product safety

WASHINGTON — Toyota says it will recall its 2010 Lexus GX 460 to address a potential problem with the SUV’s stability control system that targets possible rollovers. The recall affects about 9,400 vehicles that have been sold since the SUV went on sale in late December. Consumer Reports issued a “Don’t Buy” warning last week […] [...]

Toyota faces largest-ever fine

by Associated Press Published: April 19,2010

Tags: automaker, automobile industry, fines, produce recall, product safety, Toyota

WASHINGTON — Toyota Motor Corp. is expected to agree to a fine of more than $16 million for failing to promptly report to the government problems with sticking gas pedals on its vehicles, a Transportation Department official said. Toyota faces a deadline today to accept or contest the $16.4 million fine, the largest ever assessed […] [...]

Consumer Reports says don’t buy Lexus SUV

by Associated Press Published: April 13,2010

Tags: automakers, media, product safety

NEW YORK — Consumer Reports has given the Lexus GX460 a rare “Don’t Buy” warning, saying a problem that occurred during routine handling tests could lead the SUV to roll over in real-world driving. In the latest blow to Toyota’s reputation, the magazine said that during a test of the vehicle’s performance during unusual turns, […] [...]

Toyota executive tells company ‘come clean’

by Associated Press Published: April 8,2010

Tags: automakers, automobile industry, product recall, product safety, Toyota

WASHINGTON — In the days leading up to its massive recall in January, Toyota executives debated when they should inform the public about safety problems with accelerator pedals, prompting one executive to urge the company to “come clean,” according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Irv Miller, Toyota’s then-group vice president for environment and […] [...]

Toyota assessed record fine, issues more recalls

by Associated Press Published: April 6,2010

Tags: automakers, automobile industry, product recall, product safety

WASHINGTON — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood yesterday announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking the maximum civil penalty of $16.375 million against Toyota Motor Corporation for failing to notify the auto safety agency of the dangerous “sticky pedal” defect for at least four months, despite knowing of the potential risk […] [...]

USDOT calls in help to study sudden acceleration

by Wally Northway Published: March 30,2010

Tags: automakers, automobile industry, product recall, product safety, Toyota, transportation

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced two major investigations designed to answer questions surrounding the issue of unintended vehicle acceleration. The National Academy of Sciences will examine the broad subject of unintended acceleration and electronic vehicle controls across the entire automotive industry. Separately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has enlisted NASA engineers […] [...]

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