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Toyota Will Pay A Record Fine Of $17.35M Over Delay In Reporting Safety Defects

Toyota says it will be paying out a record $17.35 million — the maximum fine allowably by law — after the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the company had delayed reporting a safety defect to the government. It’s the highest single civil penalty that’s ever been paid to the NHTS Afor violations that are a result of a recall. [More]

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Toyota Recalling 2.77 Million Vehicles Worldwide For Steering Snafu, Water Pumps

Toyota announced it’s voluntary recalling a total of  almost 3 million vehicles worldwide for steering and water pump issues that have popped up recently, which will make this the second multi-million vehicle recall for the company in just over a month. There haven’t been any accidents or injuries reported thus far from the problems, which can be fixed relatively quickly but will likely cost Toyota hundreds of millions of dollars to repair. [More]

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Ford Continues To Sink Toward Bottom Of Consumer Reports’ Reliability Ratings

In 2010, Ford was among the top 10 auto brands in Consumer Reports’ Annual Auto Reliability Survey, with more than 90% of its models rated average or better by CR readers. But in the two years since, the shine has gone off the Ford brand, and in the newly released survey, it now comes in next to last place. [More]

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Toyota Issues Recall Of 7 Million Cars Worldwide For Faulty Window Switch

In one of its biggest recalls yet, Toyota is recalling 7.43 million vehicles from around the United States, Japan and Europe — all because of a faulty power-window switch in about a dozen models that didn’t get greased up enough when the cars were built. That could cause friction in the switch and at times, even smoke. [More]

U.S. Car Makers Post Double-Digit Sales Increases

U.S. Car Makers Post Double-Digit Sales Increases

Need some decent news to brighten up your dreary day? This may not do it, but it’s worth a shot: Chrysler, GM and Ford have released their August sales numbers and each of the automakers saw substantial year-over-year sales increases during the last month of summer vacation. [More]

Man Announces "Toyota Sucks" On Roof — And Google Maps Takes Notice

Man Announces "Toyota Sucks" On Roof — And Google Maps Takes Notice

Writing “Toyota Sucks” on your roof and turning your Toyota truck into an anti-Toyota billboard may seem like a slightly fruitless exercise. That is, until both of them end up on Google Maps, much to the amusement of the Internet. [More]

Why Is Dealership Checking My Credit When I'm Paying In Full?

Why Is Dealership Checking My Credit When I'm Paying In Full?

Brad and his wife drove a few hours to a car dealership, planning to pay cash for a new vehicle. Well, not cash exactly: they were putting part of the balance on a credit card (for airline miles or other rewards, we’re guessing) and had a cashier’s check for the rest. The dealer agreed to this deal over e-mail and over the phone. Then, when they reached the dealership, they were handed a credit application to fill out. Wait, why did they need their credit checked when payment in full was sitting right there in their hands? [More]

Why Did Toyota Sell Me A Van With An Obsolete Navigation System?

Why Did Toyota Sell Me A Van With An Obsolete Navigation System?

Ben bought a Toyota Sienna minivan last year, and one of the fancy options included was a built-in navigation system. That’s neat. But what’s strange is that his car has the wrong system. It has the one meant for the 2011 model, not the 2012 that he purchased. This doesn’t seem like all that big a deal, but it hurts the resale value of his van and is just generally annoying. Wouldn’t you want the technology that you paid for? [More]

Toyota Recalls Another 681,000 Camry, Venza, Tacoma Vehicles

Toyota Recalls Another 681,000 Camry, Venza, Tacoma Vehicles

It’s been a few months since the last big Toyota recall, so it probably comes as no surprise to some of you that Toyota has issued recalls a grand total of 681,000 Camry, Venza and Tacoma vehicles. [More]

Toyota To Shift Highlander Production To U.S., Invest $400 Million

Earlier today at the Chicago Auto Show, Toyota announced that it is shifting production of Highlander SUVs from Japan to the car maker’s plant in Princeton, Indiana. [More]

U.S. Car Buyers Seeing Less Difference Between Car Brands

U.S. Car Buyers Seeing Less Difference Between Car Brands

Not so long ago, saying the name of any of the top car brands — Toyota, Chevy, Ford, Honda, etc — conjured up very distinct associated images and preconceptions, especially when compared to the smaller and newer brands on the market. But it looks like that line between champs and challengers is blurring as consumers re-think what they prize in an automobile. [More]

Recalls Issued For 420,000 Toyota & Lexus Vehicles Over Steering Concerns

Recalls Issued For 420,000 Toyota & Lexus Vehicles Over Steering Concerns

Earlier today, the folks at Toyota issued a recall of approximately 283,000 Toyota vehicles — Avalon, Camry, Highlander, Sienna, Solara — and 137,000 Lexus vehicles — ES330, RX330, RX400h — over concerns that a potential problem in these vehicles may suddenly make it much harder for the driver to steer. [More]

GM, Chrysler, Toyota Warn That Higher-Ethanol Gas May Void Warranties

GM, Chrysler, Toyota Warn That Higher-Ethanol Gas May Void Warranties

Even though gasoline containing upward of 15% ethanol content (E15) hasn’t come on the consumer market, the government has already finalized the labels that will be affixed to pumps carrying the fuel, a sign of E15 will likely make it to your local gas station at some point. Now Bloomberg reports that nine automakers, including GM, Chrysler and Toyota have warned regulators that putting E15 in your tank may void your vehicle’s warranty. [More]

Toyota/Lexus Recall 82,000 SUVs Over Possible Faulty Wiring

Toyota/Lexus Recall 82,000 SUVs Over Possible Faulty Wiring

The folks at Toyota have sounded the recall horn, summoning back a total of 82,200 Highlander Hybrid and Lexus RX 400h vehicles over concern about faulty wiring which could result in an inoperable vehicle. [More]

Toyota Recalls 106,000 Prius Vehicles Over Steering Concerns

Toyota Recalls 106,000 Prius Vehicles Over Steering Concerns

Toyota has issued a recall on some early model (2001-2003) Prius vehicles over concerns that a problem in the steering system could could lead to drivers having difficulty controlling the car. [More]

Toyota Creates Social Network So Your Car Can Be All Up In Your Face

Toyota Creates Social Network So Your Car Can Be All Up In Your Face

We’ve gone far beyond that “check engine” light now: Toyota has created a social networking function for its cars so you can friend it on Facebook or have it Tweet you when the gas is low or just chitchat about shoes with it. Because you know, checking the gauge when you’re actually in the car would just be too much work. [More]

Judge: Owners Of Recalled Toyotas Can Sue For Financial Loss

Judge: Owners Of Recalled Toyotas Can Sue For Financial Loss

Plaintiffs involved in the lawsuit against Toyota over sudden unintended acceleration won a minor court battle on Monday when the judge in the case ruled that owners of the recalled vehicles can sue the car maker for economic loss because they may not have gotten what they paid for. [More]

Toyota's New Pitch Woman Is Unreal

Toyota's New Pitch Woman Is Unreal

Meet Toyota’s new TV pitch woman: Hatsune Miku, a young Japanese singer who has been extremely popular in her homeland. She’s also a computer-generated anime character. [More]