Toyota Recalls 2.8 Million Defective Vehicles

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Toyota is issuing a vehicle defect recall for 2.8 million cars including its high-profile Prius hybrid models. According to an NBC News report, the most recent recall is the result of a water pump problem and a steering shaft defect. These defects can result in steering problems on a variety of Toyota models using the components. The steering shaft defect is involved in the recall of vehicles including the Corolla and Prius models. About 620,000 of those vehicles may also be equipped with the defective water pump.

Vehicles that may need both parts repaired were sold between 2001 and 2010 in Japan and from 2003 to 2011 in the United States. Another 10,000 Toyota vehicles are being recalled solely due to the faulty water pump. This recall is being viewed as a significant setback for Toyota, according to the news article. One month ago, the Japanese automaker announced its biggest recall ever for a single part – 7.4 million vehicles over a faulty power window switch that could pose a fire hazard.

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Federal Officials Investigating Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable Cars for Sudden Acceleration

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is launching an investigation into 310,000 older model Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles after reports of unintended sudden acceleration. According to an article in the Detroit News, the federal auto safety agency is conducting a preliminary investigation on 2000 and 2003 Taurus and Sable models and has so far received 50 complaints regarding incidents involving stuck throttles. The defect is apparently due to the failure of a plastic bracket that holds the speed control cable in place. The vehicles that are a part of this probe are equipped with 3.0L V6 Duratec engines.

The fractured bracket in these vehicles allows the cable to move, which may cause the throttle to stick. A number of these failures occur in vehicles that have more than 100,000 miles on the odometer. So far, no car accidents or injuries have been linked to this potential vehicle defect.

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Mercedes-Benz Recalls SUVs for Defective Floor Mats

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Mercedes-Benz has issued a vehicle defect recall for thousands of SUVs for defective floor mats that can affect the accelerator pedal. According to a Consumer Reports article, the affected vehicles include 8,500 M-Class SUVs from model year 2012 to 2013. Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) say that the ML350, ML550 and ML63 have all-season mats that do not properly conform to the contour of the floor. In some cases, the mats can trap the accelerator pedal making it difficult to slow down or even stop the vehicle as it suddenly accelerates.

It is not clear if any accidents or injuries have been reported in connection with these faulty floor mats. Anyone who owns one of these recalled vehicles is asked to remove the floor mats until free replacements are distributed. It is not clear how long Mercedes-Benz will take to replace the poorly designed mats or when owners will be notified about these defective mats.

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Ford and Mazda SUVs Recalled for Sticky Throttles

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About 660,000 Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute SUVs are being recalled for a defective auto part that results in issues with the throttle. According to Consumer Reports, the auto recall involves 2001 to 2004 model year Escapes as well as 2001 to 2006 and 2008 Tribute SUVs. Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) say the SUVs have a design flaw that causes the throttle to stick even when the cruise control system is not on.

The recall was announced only a week after news broke that there was an ongoing investigation into consumer complaints regarding stuck throttles in these vehicles. The probe uncovered an inadequate clearance between the speed control cable connector and the vehicle’s engine cover. The defective design causes the throttle to get stuck as if the accelerator pedal is fully depressed. Free repairs will be offered to the owners of the vehicles affected by this auto recall.

The Dangers of Sticky Throttles

It can be extremely dangerous to travel in a vehicle with a defective throttle. Whenever the design of a vehicle results in throttle issues, it is likely that the auto manufacturer will have to issue an immediate recall. It is crucial that vehicles have properly working throttles. If there is sudden and unintended acceleration it may be impossible to slow the vehicle. Victims in these types of situations may desperately slam on their brake pedal or even pull their emergency brakes to no avail. Sadly, defective throttles have been linked to a number of serious injury and fatal accidents. Toyota recalled more than 11 million vehicles three years ago as some of its vehicle models accelerated uncontrollably due to sticky gas pedals and faulty floor mats. More

Toyota to Recall Lexus SUVs for Floor Mats that Can Cause Sudden Acceleration

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Toyota has decided to recall 154,000 of their 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450H luxury SUVs due to faulty floor mats that can cause sudden or unintended acceleration. According to a news report in The Associated Press, the floor mats can trap the gas pedal and cause the SUVs to speed up without warning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is also looking into whether Toyota reported the problem quickly enough. Federal regulators sought this most recent recall after reviewing complaints from customers and records from the automaker.

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Federal Officials Add 600,000 Toyota Camry Cars to Door Fire Investigation

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has expanded an investigation of auto defects in Toyota vehicles relating to fires that can start in the doors. According to an Associated Press news report, with the addition of 600,000 Toyota Camrys, the investigation now includes 1.4 million cars and SUVs from the 2007 to 2009 model years. The probe, which began in February, includes more than 800,000 Camry cars and RAV4 SUVs from the 2007 model year. Also included in the recall are Camrys from the 2008 and 2009 model years as well as some 2007 to 2009 Yaris subcompacts and all 2008 Highlander hybrid SUVs. So far, both Toyota and NHTSA have received 161 complaints of fires involving these vehicles. Nine injuries have been reported.

Dangerous Door Fires

Officials say these vehicles use the same power window switch in the driver’s door. The switches can overheat and cause fires. The government has announced that it has upgraded this investigation to an engineering analysis. Depending on the results of the analysis, the investigation can lead to a recall. Toyota owners who smell smoke or feel their doors heating up are asked to contact their dealers or take the vehicles in for an inspection.

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Toyota recalls Lexus GS Vehicles for Potential Steering Defects

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Toyota Motor Corporation is issuing an auto defect recall for more than 650 2013 Lexus GS 350 cars because of potential flaws with the steering software. According to a Detroit News report, the steering wheel in these vehicles could be “dramatically off-center” because of the software flaws. The steering control programming could cause the steering wheel to become off-centered by a maximum of 110 degrees when restarting immediately after the vehicle is parked with the steering wheel turned. When this occurs and the driver does not realize it, the vehicle could veer in an unexpected direction and crash. Toyota engineers apparently discovered this problem in February during an in-house test drive.

Toyota told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that if the ignition is turned on again shortly after the ignition is turned off, the system may default to 0 degrees. This could cause the steering wheel to become off-centered. The software system was updated on February 23, 2012 to eliminate this problem. Owners are expected to be notified next month.

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Ford Taurus Sticky Accelerator Probe Expanded to 1.9 Million Cars

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Federal safety regulators are investigating auto defects relating to sticky acceleration in nearly 1.9 million Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles. The defects may prevent motorists from stopping in time to avoid a collision. According to an Associated Press news report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced last week that it had launched an investigation involving about 360,000 Ford Taurus sedans from the 2005 and 2006 model years after at least 14 consumers complained about the sudden acceleration issue. Now, it has added the Sable under the scope of the investigation, and has asked the automaker for information about both Taurus and Sable vehicles from the 2001 through 2004 model years.

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Ford Taurus Vehicles Under Investigation for Sticky Gas Pedals

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If you drive a 2005 or 2006 model year Ford Taurus, you are driving a potentially dangerous vehicle that may be recalled. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has begun an auto defect investigation into the problem of sticky gas pedals in Ford Taurus vehicles. According to a news report in The Associated Press, there have been at least 14 complaints on NHTSA’s web site from drivers whose throttles became stuck. So far, no injuries or fatalities have been reported as a result. One driver was unable to stop the vehicle before it went through a red light.

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Toyota Recalling 680,000 Vehicles for Defects

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Toyota Motors is issuing two separate auto defect recalls for about 680,000 vehicles in the United States. According to a CNN news report, the bigger recall involving 500,000 2005 to 2009 Toyota Tacoma trucks, has to do with an electrical problem that could prevent the driver’s airbag from deploying in the event of a crash. Officials say that part of the trucks’ steering wheel mechanism may rub against a cable assembly resulting in damage to the electrical connection for the driver’s airbag module. This could cause the airbag to become deactivated and not deploy during a car accident.

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