Toyota Recalls 6.4 Million Vehicles Worldwide

Toyota Recalls 6.4 Million Vehicles Worldwide

Toyota Motor Corp. announced today that it is recalling 6.39 million vehicles worldwide for a variety of problems including issues with seat rails, airbag deployment and steer columns. This marks the companies third million-vehicle recall in five years. [More]

Death Is No Excuse For Not Paying Your Car Lease

Death Is No Excuse For Not Paying Your Car Lease

We’ve written before about people who co-signed a loved one’s loan and were left owing the debt after the borrower passed away before the loan was repaid. But even if you weren’t the co-signer, you might still end up being on the hook for thousands. [More]

Toyota Expected To Pay $1.2 Billion To Settle Unintended Acceleration Criminal Probe

Toyota Expected To Pay $1.2 Billion To Settle Unintended Acceleration Criminal Probe

An end to the four-year federal criminal investigation into claims of sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles may be coming to an end with news that the world’s largest carmaker has reached a deal with the Justice Dept. to pay $1.2 billion to close the case. [More]

Goodbye Cords: Toyota Is Testing Wireless Charging Station For Hybrids, Electric Cars

Goodbye Cords: Toyota Is Testing Wireless Charging Station For Hybrids, Electric Cars

Are you the owner of an electric car? Hate finding the charging station, then having to get out and actually plug-in your car? Well, fret no more because Toyota is testing a new, easy-to-use wireless battery-charging system. [More]

Toyota Recalling 1.9 Million Priuses To Fix Software Glitch That Could Slow Or Stop Cars

Toyota Recalling 1.9 Million Priuses To Fix Software Glitch That Could Slow Or Stop Cars

The computers have won. At least the computers in about 1.9 million Toyota Prius vehicles have won, as the company says it’s recalling that number of vehicles to fix a software glitch that could cause the cars to slow down or completely stop. [More]

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Toyota Halts Sale Of Popular Vehicles, Because The Possibility Of A Seat Fire Is Bad

Seat heaters provide a warm, cozy welcome to your frigid car; that is as long as it doesn’t catch fire. That possibility has Toyota halting the sale of its most popular vehicles after discovering the padding in seat heaters doesn’t meet flammability standards. [More]

Mini Cars Are Mega Failures In New Crash Test Results

Mini Cars Are Mega Failures In New Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (better known as the people that get paid to smash cars into walls) recently put 11 mini cars — including well-known models like the Fiat 500, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, and Toyota Prius C — through its newest form of crash-testing. The results were not good, with only one of the tested vehicles earning an overall “Acceptable” rating. [More]

Consumer Reports Pulls Recommendations For 3 Toyotas & An Audi Over Crash-Test Results

Consumer Reports Pulls Recommendations For 3 Toyotas & An Audi Over Crash-Test Results

Our cohorts at Consumer Reports do an awful lot of testing on the cars they rate, but one thing they can’t do is crash-testing. That’s why, following the results of recent crash tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (better known as the people that crash cars into walls), CR has pulled its recommendations on three Toyota models and one Audi vehicle. [More]

Toyota To Pay At Least $3 Million In Sudden Acceleration Wrongful-Death Suit

Toyota To Pay At Least $3 Million In Sudden Acceleration Wrongful-Death Suit

Only two weeks after a California jury sided with Toyota in a wrongful-death lawsuit related to claims of sudden unintended acceleration in one of its vehicles, a jury in Oklahoma City has found that the car-maker is to blame for a separate incident that killed a woman in 2007. [More]

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Jury Says Toyota Wasn’t To Blame In Wrongful-Death Lawsuit

A California jury handed down a big decision for Toyota, saying that the car company wasn’t responsible in the 2009 crash of a Camry that accelerated out of control and killed the driver. Instead, the jury placed the blame squarely on another driver in the crash, saying it was the catalyst that set the whole accident in motion. [More]

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Toyota Recalls 235,000 Vehicles In U.S.

In two separate actions announced this morning, Toyota has recalled a total of 235,000 vehicles in the U.S. alone (369,000 worldwide) for possible problems with heat damage in two hybrids and a possible defect in engine bolts in multiple Lexus vehicles. [More]

Toyota To Start Manufacturing Lexus Vehicles In Kentucky

Toyota To Start Manufacturing Lexus Vehicles In Kentucky

Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, KY, is slated to go a bit upscale with the news that the world’s largest car company will be using the plant to manufacture the Lexus ES, which had previously only been produced in Japan. [More]

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Toyota, Honda & Nissan Recall 3.4M Vehicles Because Air Bags Need To Work

The thing about car air bags is it’s quite necessary that they deploy at the right time. Which is why the Japanese maker of safety gear is at the center of a recall of more than three million vehicles, scattered across the Honda, Toyota and Nissan brands. Those companies all have cars that could have defective airbag inflators, causing airbags to possibly deploy abnormally in a crash. [More]

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Toyota & Ford Fighting On The Playground Over Who Has The No. 1 Car

It’s an all-out slap fight on the playground these days between Toyota and Ford, as both claim they’re No. 1 in the world as the makers of the top-selling car of 2012. Toyota contradicted Ford’s claim of the Focus being the coolest by sayings its Corolla is actually the best around. [More]

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NHTSA Investigating 1.3 Million Fords, Toyotas & Hondas For Safety-Related Issues

There’s a whole lot of investigating going on right now at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it includes almost 1.3 million vehicles from Toyota, Ford and Honda. All three are in potentially hot water for safety-related issues, from steering problems to brake issues. From the sound of it, the Prius is bearing the brunt of the scrutiny. [More]

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Toyota Announces Recall Of 750K Corollas & 270K Lexus IS Vehicles

Toyota doubled on its recall announcements today, issuing two separate recalls totaling more than 1 million vehicles in the U.S. [More]

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Toyota To Pay Out $1.1 Billion To Settle Unintended Acceleration Lawsuit

Three years after Toyota announced numerous recalls of vehicles to deal with claims of unintended acceleration, it has finally agreed to a $1.1 billion settlement to be shared by owners of around 16 million Toyotas in the U.S. [More]

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Camry, Prius V, Several Luxury Cars Fail New Crash Tests

You all know the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; they’re the folks that get paid to smash cars into walls. Now the IIHS has added a new level to its Top Safety Pick certification — Top Safety Pick+ — for vehicles that meet existing standards and perform well in new small frontal overlap tests. [More]