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TOYOTA SAFETY…LOOSE FLOOR MATS SPUR 3.8M VEHICLE RECALL

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
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Toyota to recall 3.8M vehicles over loose floor mats that could cause sticking accelerator

Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will recall 3.8 million vehicles in the United States, the company’s largest-ever U.S. recall, to address problems with a removable floor mat that could cause accelerators to get stuck and lead to a crash.

This Safety Recall will involve popular models such as the Toyota Camry, the top-selling passenger car in America, and the Toyota Prius, the best-selling gas-electric hybrid.

Toyota said it was still working with officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to find a remedy to fix the problem and said owners could be notified about the recall as early as next week. A Toyota spokesman said until the company finds a fix, owners should take out the removable floor mat on the driver’s side and not replace it.

“A stuck open accelerator pedal may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop a vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death,” Toyota Officials have said.

NHTSA said it had received reports of 102 incidents in which the accelerator may have become stuck on the Toyota vehicles involved. It was unclear how many led to crashes but the inquiry was prompted by a highspeed crash in August in California of a Lexus barreling out of control. As the vehicle hit speeds exceeding 120 mph, family members made a frantic 911 call and said the accelerator was stuck and they couldn’t stop the vehicle.

It is strongly urged that owners of these vehicles should remove mats or other obstacles that could lead to unintended acceleration.

The Recall will affect 2007-2010 model year Toyota Camry, 2005-2010 Toyota Avalon, 2004-2009 Toyota Prius, 2005-2010 Tacoma, 2007-2010 Toyota Tundra, 2007-2010 Lexus ES350 and 2006-2010 Lexus IS250 and IS350.

Toyota warned owners that if they think their vehicle is accelerating out of control, they should check to see whether their floor mat is under the pedal. If a driver can’t remove the floor mat, Toyota advises drivers to

  1. Step on the brake pedal with both feet until the vehicle slows and…
  2. Then try to put it into neutral and…
  3. Switch the ignition to accessory power.

For vehicles with engine start/stop buttons, Toyota said the engine can be shut off by holding the button down for three seconds.

In the August incident close to San Diego, the fiery crash of a 2009 Lexus ES 350 killed California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Saylor, 45, and three members of his family on State Route 125 in Santee. The runaway car was traveling at more than 120 mph when it hit a sport utility vehicle, launched off an embankment, rolled several times and burst into flames. One of the family members called police about a minute before the crash to report the vehicle had no brakes and the accelerator was stuck. The call ended with someone telling people in the car to hold on and pray, followed by a woman’s scream.

NHTSA investigators determined that a rubber all-weather floor mat found in the wreckage was slightly longer than the mat that belonged in the vehicle, something that could have snared or covered the accelerator pedal.

 A final report had not yet been submitted in the California case.

“We don’t know what the actual cause was of that accident other than preliminary reports that have been published so it’s impossible for us to comment on that particular incident,” the nhtsa said.

In mid-September, Toyota ordered 1,400 Toyota and Lexus dealers nationwide to ensure that each new, used and loaner vehicles had the proper floor mats and that the mats were properly secured.

In September 2007, Toyota recalled an accessory all-weather floor mat sold for use in some 2007 and 2008 model year Lexus ES 350 and Toyota Camry vehicles because of similar problems.

For more information, consumers can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s hotline at (888) 327-4236, Toyota at (800) 331-4331 or Lexus at (800) 255-3987.

TOP TUNDRA AND TACOMA ACCESSORIES…GET THEM AT TRUCKCRUISIN

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
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gifts2Great Gift Ideas At Truck Cruisin!

According to the 2008 Light Truck Report released by the Specialty Equipment Market Association, Tundra Owners spend an average of $1,338 modifying their trucks. SEMA says that’s more than Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, GM, and Dodge Ram owners spend.

POPULAR AFTERMARKET ACCESSORIES

Industry surveys post different popularity results, but certain Accessories always seem to appear in the most-wanted lists. In no particular order these include:

  • Cold-Air Intakes
  • Custom Wheels
  • Exhaust Upgrades
  • Suspension (Lift Kits,Shocks,Etc.)
  • Brake Upgrades
  • Performance or Off-Road Tires
  • Towing Accessories
  • Bedliners

All of these Accessories and More… are available in Great Detail through a number of purchase choices at TruckCruisin, www.TruckCruisin.com , a One-stop Source For Truck and Vehicle Accessories With Choice Site Options.

THE NEW 2010 TOYOTA SEQUOIA FITS THE NEEDS OF A LARGE FAMILY

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
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While Full-Size SUV sales dipped due to Changing Market Conditions, this segment is a Popular Alternative to the minivan or crossover SUV for Large Families and those with Heavy Towing Needs. These are Active Customers with Diverse Utilitarian Needs who also look for Safety and Convenience Features in their Trucks. The New 2010 Toyota Sequoia Fits The Needs Of A Large Family.

Many of the improvements made on the 2010 Tundra have carried over to the Sequoia. Overall there is a higher level of Standard Features and Safety Equipment. The vehicle lineup has expanded with the Platinum model but the buying process is much simpler for the consumer.

The Sequoia is a Wonderful Vehicle to go Camping, Boating, or Traveling throughout the U.S. Buy a Tent that expands from the Rear of the Sequoia or hook-up a Freedom Hitch Grill for a Fun Tailgate and Ballgame Experience. Whatever your Family SUV Requirements, The 2010 Sequoia is Ready to Become Part of the Family to take on the Active and Diverse Assignments that You Have In Store For It. It Truly is the SUV for a Large Family!

Changes To 2010 Sequoia

  • New 4.6-liter i-Force V8 engine with 34 more horsepower, 1 mpg better fuel economy than previous 4.7L V8
  • New SR5 Sport package with 7-passenger seating, 20-inch alloy wheels, color-keyed grille and black-fabric interior
  • Driver and front-passenger knee airbags are new standard equipment
  • Three flex-fuel models with E85 capability available in select regions
  • Improved audio features are standard and include Bluetooth®, MP3 capability, auxiliary audio jack for portable music players, USB port for music files and satellite-radio capable

Simplified Lineup
The SR5 and Platinum models are now mono-spec and the Limited grade offers only Three stand-alone options: navigation, rear-seat entertainment and 7-passenger (2nd-row bucket seats) seating. All models are available in 4×2 or 4×4 configuration. MSRP ranges from $38,530 for the SR5 4×2 (4.6L V8) to $58,905 for the Platinum 4×4 (5.7L V8).

Advantages over  A 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe

  • Sequoia has independent rear suspension for improved ride; Tahoe has straight axle
  • Sequoia has available 5.7-liter with 381 horsepower; Tahoe’s top-of-the-line engine is 5.3-liter V8 with 320 horsepower (326 horsepower on E85)
  • Sequoia has maximum tow* rating of 10,000 pounds; Tahoe’s maximum tow rating is 8,400 pounds with the heavy-duty towing package
  • Sequoia’s available 3rd-row seating offers nearly 10 inches more legroom and over 4 inches more shoulder room than Tahoe, which is welcomed by adult-sized passengers

Q&A
What are Sequoia’s additional selling points for on-the-go families?

  • Available power-reclining 3rd-row 60/40 bench seat supports passengers and cargo
  • More than 120 cubic feet of cargo space when 3rd- and 2nd-row seats are folded down
  • 10,000 lb. Towing Capacity for Camping, Boating, Traveling, Tailgating
  • Power and Room for Hitching Boats, Grills, Attaching Travel Tents, and Carrying Gear
  • All Kinds Of Accessories Are Available Through www.TruckCruisin.com

HOW TO STOP A SPINOUT ON HAZARDOUS ROADS

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
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Would You Know How To Handle A Spinout On A Hazardous Road?…You’re driving your 4×4 on a snowy road when suddenly you notice the road bends to the right. You slam on the brakes and jerk the steering wheel to the right;…But your vehicle continuous to forge forward in a straight line headed right into a large tree!

Control of a 4×4 is determined by Three Factors:

  • Steering
  • Acceleration
  • Braking

You can use all Three in Slippery Conditions, but only One at a time… Below are Two of the most common Hazardous Road Spinout situations you may face on Snow or Gravel:

HYBRID ICON PRIUS LIVES UP TO EXPECTATION IN THIRD GENERATION 2010 MODEL

Saturday, September 5th, 2009
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From an obscure addition in Toyota’s lineup in 2000 to Hybrid Icon, the third-generation 2010 Toyota Prius Delivers on Expectation.      

First of all the 2010 Prius is a tad longer and heavier with a larger engine, yet delivers increased fuel economy. Its gasoline-electric hybrid combination (1.8 liters vs the previous 1.5 liter) is more powerful (134 bhp vs the second generation’a 110 bhp). The EPA fuel economy jumps to 51 mpg highway/48mpg city/50 mpg combined vs the previous generation’s 48 city/45 highway/47mpg combined. Very Impressive!

The Engine Size/Better Economy Paradox ain’t magic…just very clever engineering from Toyota. Other engine advancements include elimination of accessory drive belts. The ac compressor, water pump, and power steering are all electrical in the 2010 Prius. In addition, exhaust heat is harnessed to heat engine coolant, cutting warmup time, thus prompting quicker hybrid interaction.

There are also Improvements with the Hybrid Synergy Drive. Both electric motors (one a generator, the other for propulsion) are more compact and overall 20 percent lighter than that of the previous car. Visit Toyota Prius Hybrid Synergy Drive How Prius Operates for additional information.

Aerodynamic Optimization abounds all around the exterior of this Third Generation Prius 2010 Model. The high point of the roof has moved slightly aft, improving both the Body aerodynamic and Rear Seat Head Room. The overall Drag Coefficient is 0.25, down from an already impressive 0.26. Details contribute;…razor edges of front and rear fascias help control airflow. Underneath the car between the rear wheels are two small fins that enhance directional stability and reduce drag.

The inside of the 2010 Prius reminds you of something George Jetson might drive (or fly). The center piece of the instrument panel is a “floating center console” with open storage underneath. Along its top edge is the car’s Multi-information Display toggling among energy monitor, hybrid system indicator, trip info., caution warnings and fuel consumption readouts, past or current in either 1 or 5 minute intervals.

Nearby are Control Pushbuttons for EV, ECO, and PWR Modes. Choose EV mode and the Prius glides away from a stop on pure electric power up to 25 MPH for 0.5 miles or longer, depending on the battery charge level. Once the battery discharges, the gasoline engine takes over automatically to drive the Prius. Economy minded customers will probably keep the Prius in Eco mode, which maximizes gas mileage by smoothing out and reducing throttle response up to 11.6%. Eco mode also changes air conditioning operation to reduce fuel consumption. To extract the best performance from the hybrid powertrain, select the Power mode which increases midrange throttle response enabling the Prius to easily keep pace with city traffic. 

After experiencing all three powertrain settings, we consider the Power mode essential for urban driving. Eco mode is best suited for highway cruising. Drivers should keep in mind that full throttle acceleration will switch the drivetrain into Power mode. For short distances and low speeds, the EV mode is acceptable, but isn’t practical in most traffic or highway conditions.

To appeal to a wider audience base, Toyota has segmented the 2010 Prius into four trim levels, with various option packages available depending on the model. The Prius II is the base model, followed by the Prius III, which adds a JBL audio system and Bluetooth wireless connectivity; the next step up is the well-equipped Prius IV with leather upholstery and heated front seats. In addition to the standard features on Prius IV, the top Prius V adds 17-inch alloy wheels, plus LED headlamps and fog lamps. Options consist of a Navigation Package (available on Prius III, Prius IV, Prius V), Solar Roof Package (available Prius III and Prius IV), and Advanced Technology Package (Prius V only). Price range for the All New Third Generation Prius is approximately $23,500-$32,500.

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With the comprehensive redesign of the 2010 Prius, Toyota is putting the world on notice that they have no intention of relinquishing  the Iconic Mantel or Leadership position in Hybrid Vehicles.

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A LITTLE HOUSE CLEANING OF TOYOTA NEWS AUGUST 2009

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
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The Cash for Clunkers program was a big success for Toyota! That’s great Toyota News August 2009. The program generated 690,000 car sales, with Toyota accounting for 19.4 percent of all sales the U.S. Department of Transportation stated during the last week of August 2009.

The Toyota Corolla was the top seller under Cash for Clunkers, closely followed by Toyota Camry and Toyota Prius. Even recently retired Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) traded in his 1991 Chevrolet Suburban for a brand-new Toyota Prius, joking, “You don’t see a lot of Republicans driving a Prius.”

About 84 percent of participating consumers traded in trucks with 59% purchasing more fuel-efficient passenger cars such as Toyota Corolla. More great Toyota News August 2009.

You may have heard that Toyota is recalling about 95,700 Toyota and Scion models in 19 Cold-Weather States because of a possible brake problem. Those models covered are some 2009 and 2010 Corolla and Matrix models as well as some 2008 and 2009 Scion XD models with the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine.

Toyota told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that at “extremely low ambient temperatures”, around -22 degrees F. and lower,  it is possible the brakes could lose their power-assist which would “lead to lengthened vehicle stopping distances.”

The States covered in this recall are Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming…. 

In a announcement of a different matter and direction, Toyota Motor said Monday it was developing Anti-Drunk Driving Equipment that would lock the ignition of a vehicle if high levels of alcohol are detected in the driver. This Next Generation Ignition Interlock System is very difficult for Drunk Drivers to Fool!
The system features a hand-held breathalyser, equipped with a digital camera, that detects alcohol consumption and photographs the driver’s face for identification, a company statement said.

If the driver tests positive, the system either warns him or her, or locks the vehicle’s ignition depending on the level of alcohol detected, Toyota said.

The carmaker is conducting tests with affiliate truck maker Hino Motors, and will install the equipment in selected trucks and other vehicles of fleet customers that include companies and government organizations.

The device will alert fleet administrators if the driver is detected with excessive alcohol levels, Toyota said.

Stay-Tuned for New 2010 Introductions, New Features, and an All New 2010 4Runner!…