Toyota Expands Recall... Again
Brett EmisonJanuary 28, 2010 7:49 PM
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Last week, Toyota expanded its massive sudden acceleration recall to include another 2.3 million vehicles, bringing the total number of vehicles recalled to 6.5 million.
Just days later, USA Today has reported that Toyota will expand the recall again to include up to 2 million European vehicles.
Now, Toyota is expanding its recall for a third time to include an additional 1.1 million vehicles, not including additional models sold in Europe and China. More recalls are on the way.
Examiner.com confirmed Toyota's third recall:
Toyota has announced that it is expanding its recall of vehicles due to a sticking accelerator pedal problem by an additional 1.1 million, with more to be announced. The recall now includes cars and trucks sold in Europe and China, in addition to many sold in the United States. This number does not yet reflect the total to be recalled from Europe, which has yet to be determined.
This news comes after Toyota announced earlier in the week that it was recalling 2.3 million vehicles covering eight different models, as well as suspending sales and production on those models until a fix was initiated. According to CNN, in November of 2009 Toyota has a recall of 4.2 million vehicle recall due to a floor mat which would catch the gas pedal and cause uncontrolled acceleration.
The five additional vehicle models are the 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Venza, 2009-2010 Matrix, and 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe. If an owner has a question, he or she is encouraged to call the Toyota Customer Experience Center at (800) 331-4331.
After years of denial, including "inaccurate and misleading" statements to the public and federal investigators, news broke Tuesday that Toyota would finally stop selling some of its vehicles plagued by the sudden acceleration problem. Several news sources have confirmed that federal safety regulators forced Toyota to stop selling the defective and dangerous vehicles.
Safety experts agree that this could be the tip of the iceberg and even more needs to be done. In fact, Toyota has not yet recalled some models or model-years with the highest rate of unintended acceleration complaints, such as the 2002-06 Toyota Camry. Toyota's failure to include these vehicles gives its customers and the public a false sense of security.
Let's hope Toyota gets it act together quickly and finally fixes this deadly problem.
I have been documenting the Toyota sudden acceleration and "sticky throttle" problems for months and you can learn more at our auto safety blog.
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