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Toyota Recalls 112,000 Top-Selling Vehicles For Loss Of Power Drive, Steering

When driving a vehicle down a busy highway, one of the last things you want to happen is for the car to lose power steering. But that’s exactly what can happen in nearly 112,500 Toyota vehicles being recalled this week. [More]

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Lawsuit Claims Toyota, GM & Ford Deceived Consumers About Hackability Of Connected Cars

A recently filed class action lawsuit claims that Toyota, Ford and General Motors knowingly put consumers at risk by selling connected cars that can be susceptible to hackers looking to remotely control vehicle functionality.  [More]

(Corey Templeton)

West Coast Ports Contract Dispute Means Automakers Must Ship Parts By Plane

The ongoing labor dispute between dockworkers and shipping companies at ports on the West Coast of the United States is affecting more than just the availability of French fries in Japan and Venezuela. McDonald’s has resorted to shipping fries by air, and some auto manufacturers are going to start sending those cargo planes back from Japan filled with car parts. [More]

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Federal Jury Orders Toyota To Pay $11M To Victims Of Fatal Crash Involving Sudden Acceleration

A federal jury in Minnesota decided Tuesday that the design of a 1996 Toyota Camry involved in an accident that killed three people and left two seriously injured had a dangerous defect that was partly responsible for the crash, despite the automaker’s claims to the contrary. Toyota now has to pay almost $11 million to the victims. [More]

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2.12 Million Honda, Toyota & Chrysler Vehicles Recalled Because Airbags Should Only Deploy In Crashes

Car manufacturers’ troubles with airbags have followed them into the new year, with three manufactures recalling approximately 2.12 million vehicles because the safety devices may deploy at the wrong time. [More]

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Toyota Recalls 57,000 Avalon, Prius Vehicles For Fire Risk, Airbag Deployment Issues

For the third time this week an automaker has recalled tens of thousands of vehicles because of a potential fire risk. In addition to recalling 52,000 sedans for wiring issues that could lead to a vehicle fire, Toyota is recalling 5,000 cars whose airbags may not deploy properly. [More]

Toyota announced it would make patents related to fuel cell technology available to competitors royalty-free.

Toyota To Offer Royalty-Free Use Of Fuel Cell Patents To Jump-Start Production Of “Hydrogen Society”

Toyota didn’t exactly announce any new products at its CES press conference on Monday, but the company did give a gift to its competitors: royalty-free use of its hydrogen fuel cell patents. While some companies might feel the need to fiercely guard such game-changing technology, officials at Toyota say sharing the information could mark a turning point in automotive history. [More]

Toyota announced the Mirai will be available for purchase in the U.S. this fall.

Toyota Plans Commercial Release Of Hydrogen Fueled Mirai This Fall

Alternative fuel-loving consumers received a bit of good news Monday during Toyota’s CES press conference. The company plans to offer its hydrogen fueled vehicle – Mirai – for consumer purchase this fall. [More]

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Lexus Recalls Nearly 423,000 Sedans Because Fuel Leaks Can Lead To Fires

The only time most consumers want to see a car catch on fire is during a high-action movie. So it’s probably for the best that Toyota issued a recall of nearly 423,000 Lexus vehicles for a fuel leak issue that increases the risk of fire. [More]

First Class-Action Suit Filed Against Takata Over Airbag Defects

First Class-Action Suit Filed Against Takata Over Airbag Defects

With nearly 8 million vehicles recalled, 30 injuries and at least four deaths linked to potentially defective Takata airbags, it should come as no surprise that the Japanese auto parts maker would face its fair share of lawsuits from consumers. [More]

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Toyota Expands Defective Airbag Recall To 247,000 Additional Vehicles In High Humidity Areas

Just days after it was revealed that defective Takata-produced airbags had been linked to three deaths in the United States, Toyota Motor Corp. expanded its recall of vehicles that may employ the safety devices to include 247,000 additional cars. [More]

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Toyota Recalls 1.6M Cars Globally For Fuel And Brake Line Issues

Here’s the thing about brakes, they’re supposed to actually stop a vehicle. And the thing about fuel delivery pipes is they generally make a car, you know, work. When either of those components don’t work properly big problems, such as crashes or fires, can occur. And that’s why Toyota is recalling more than 1.67 million vehicles globally. [More]

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Toyota Recalls 690,000 Tacoma Pickups For Rear Suspension Issue That Could Lead To Fire

For the third time this year Toyota issued a recall for one of its most popular models. The manufacturer is calling back 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks for an issue with the rear suspension. [More]

Toyota Recalls 20,000 Vehicles Due To Possible Fuel Leaks

Toyota Recalls 20,000 Vehicles Due To Possible Fuel Leaks

Well, it’s been about four hours since we posted an automotive recall, so apparently it’s time again. Today, Toyota announced that it is recalling 20,000 cars with 2GR-FE engines, which include the 2014 Toyota Avalon, Camry, Highlander and Sienna, and the 2015 Lexus RX. The cars may leak fuel, which in turn poses a risk of fire. [More]

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New Minivan Feature Helps Parents Yell More Effectively At Their Kids

Sometimes it’s necessary to remind children very sternly that unbuckling their seatbelts in order to more effectively wallop their brother is not okay while you’re driving. At those times, a parent probably wants to make sure kids know they are not in a joking mood, but maybe need some help making sure they can yell effectively while driving. So why not let the car help? [More]

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Mazda, Honda And Nissan Issue Recalls Of Nearly 3 Million Vehicles Related To Faulty Airbag Deployment

Nearly 3 million more Nissan, Mazda and Honda vehicles have been recalled related to potentially faulty, and painful, airbag deployment issues that are currently under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. [More]

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NHTSA Opens Investigation Into Defective Airbags Following Numerous Recalls

Just a day after Toyota re-issued a 2013 recall because shrapnel could fly toward passengers when the airbag deploys, federal regulators opened an investigation into whether the airbags used by five automakers could hurt people in the event of a crash. [More]

Toyota Reissues Recall Because No One Wants Shrapnel Flying Out Of Their Airbags

Toyota Reissues Recall Because No One Wants Shrapnel Flying Out Of Their Airbags

No driver wants to encounter a piece of metal flying toward their heads, especially if that shrapnel is coming from a device meant to save your life. To cut down on that risk, Toyota is reissuing a 2013 recall of more than 700,000 vehicles. [More]