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Toyota Recalls More Than 2 Million Vehicles Over Continuing Acceleration Problems

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Just days after the NHTSA and NASA reports on Toyota’s sudden acceleration problem, Toyota announced it is recalling more than 2 million additional Toyota and Lexus vehicles because gas pedals may be trapped by floormats. [Note: published reports vary between 2.1 million and 2.2 million Toyota vehicles recalled due to the accelerator / floor mat / unintended acceleration problem.]

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According to Bloomberg News, Toyota is recalling 2.17 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles because vehicle carpet and/or floor mats may trap the gas pedal and result in unintended acceleration. Toyota had already recalled more than 10 million vehicles for similar problems.

Vehicles included in Toyota’s most recent recall are:

  • Toyota 4Runner (2003 – 2009)
  • Toyota RAV4 (2006 – 2010)
  • Lexus LX (2008 – 2011)
  • Toyota Highlander (2004 – 2006)
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid (2004 – 2006)
  • Lexus RX330 (2004 – 2006)
  • Lexus RX350 (2004 – 2006)
  • Lexus RX400h (2004 – 2006)
  • Lexus GX (2006 – 2007)

Do you notice anything about the model years recalled in the list above? The RAV4 and Lexus LX include the 2010 and 2011 models — vehicles produced after Toyota finally admitted the pedal entrapment issue. Why did Toyota continue to manufacture and sell these defective vehicles to the public even after it identified the problem?

Toyota has already paid a record $48.8 million in fines for previous recall delays.

Why would a company risk lives and pay nearly $50 million in fines without so much as an appeal? Could it be about the money?

Internal documents show Toyota saved more than $100 million by delaying an unintended acceleration recall.

Toyota saved $100 million by delaying recall

[Image source: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and CNN]

According to a CNN report, the $100 million savings was in reference to delaying a 2007 recall of Toyota Camry vehicles for… sudden acceleration due to floor mat entrapment of gas pedals.

Toyota considered delaying the recall a "Win" for Toyota’s Safety Group.

So, even after paying nearly $50 million in fines, Toyota is still at least $50 million ahead because it put profits and money ahead of safety and lives.

So, at least four years after successfully delaying the Toyota Camry recall for gas pedal entrapment, Toyota finally recalls more than 2 million additional vehicles. Looks like another "win" for Toyota’s safety department.

I wonder how much money Toyota saved this time.

(c) Copyright 2011 Brett A. Emison

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