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EARLY TESTS PIN TOYOTA ACCIDENTS ON DRIVERS

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
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The U.S. Department of Transportation has analyzed dozens of data recorders from Toyota vehicles involved in accidents blamed on sudden acceleration and found that the throttles were wide open and the brakes weren’t engaged at the time of the crash.
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According to the Wall Street Journal, the early results suggest that some drivers who said their Toyotas and Lexuses surged out of control were mistakenly flooring the accelerator when they intended to jam on the brakes. The findings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) involve a sample of the reports in which a driver of a Toyota vehicle said the brakes were depressed but failed to stop the car from accelerating and ultimately crashing.

The findings appear to support Toyota’s position that sudden-acceleration reports involving its vehicles weren’t caused by electronic glitches in computer-controlled throttle systems, as some safety advocates and plaintiffs’ attorneys have alleged.

The data recorders analyzed by NHTSA were selected by the agency, not Toyota, based on complaints the drivers had filed with the government. Toyota hasn’t been involved in interpreting the data.

U.S. House Committee Has May 6 Hearing To Further Examine Toyota And Unintended Acceleration

Monday, April 19th, 2010
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The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has scheduled a May 6 hearing “to further examine Toyota’s inquiry into potential electronic causes of sudden unintended acceleration.”  

In preparation for the hearing, Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak, D-Mich., sent letters Friday to Jim Lentz, president/COO of Toyota Motor Sales, and Paul Johnson, president/CEO of Exponent, Inc., seeking additional information about Exponent’s work for Toyota.

Toyota retained Exponent, a leading engineering and scientific consulting firm, in December 2009 to help the company evaluate reports of unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles equipped with electronic throttle control systems. Exponent’s preliminary work showed no problems with the throttles.

Lentz testified before the same subcommittee Feb. 23. Other Toyota executives testified before a different House panel Feb. 24 and a Senate committee March 2.

Toyota said in a statement Friday it was “more than willing to meet with the committee and discuss the ongoing testing related to our electronic throttle control system, as well as the steps we are taking to improve our quality assurance processes. Nothing is more important to us than the safety and reliability of the vehicles our customers drive.”

TOYOTA IS CONFIDENT AND SAYS RECALL SOLUTIONS GOING WELL

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
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Toyota is Confident in Recall Soutions and reports that the repair campaign is going well at the Dealer level.
 
Toyota’s recall for Prius brakes is in response to some Prius and Lexus HS250 owners experiencing inconsistent brake feel on rough road surfaces such as potholes.
 
This recall will allow dealers to perform a anti-lock brake software update on cars sold prior to the running production change made recently … and Toyota Dealers have already started this process. Toyota will begin mailing notification letters to Prius owners this week and HS250 owners within the next few weeks.
 
Toyota engineers have developed a solution to eliminate the sticking accelerator pedal on affected models.  Toyota states they have complete confidence in the solution.
 
The solution is …
• effective,
• simple,
• and lasts the life of the vehicle. 
 
All Toyota dealers nationwide … have received the parts, tools and training they need … and have begun repairing the vehicles involved.
The repair can be completed at Toyota dealerships in about 30 minutes … depending on the dealers’ work flow.
 
Toyota officials state that the most important thing now … is to fix the cars already on the road.
We’re doing everything we can to make this as trouble-free as possible … and will work day and night with our dealers to make this happen.
 
If a customer experiences any issues with their accelerator pedal … we’re asking them to please contact their dealer immediately, officials say.
 
Toyota Dealers are the best dealers in the country… and they’re proving it by providing extraordinary service and care for the customers.
Dealers nationwide are going the extra mile for Customer Service…Some are staying open 24 hours a day … seven days a week … and a few are even using remote facilities dedicated to repairing vehicles. These efforts are paying off. In only a few days … dealers have reinforced the accelerator pedal on more than 220,000 vehicles …and are now running at a pace of more than 50,000 units a day. 
 
Toyota stands behind Owners and their vehicles. Some customers are very concerned, some customers are upset…both reactions are understandable.
However … what’s been most surprising according to company officials, is the amount of support being received from so many owners.
 
They’ve put their trust and faith in Toyota … and we’re doing everything in our power …to prove to them …that their trust has not been misplaced, Toyota says…

TOYOTA QUALITY…WHAT NOBODY’S SAYING!

Saturday, February 6th, 2010
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Toyota Quality Is Legendary. Is Toyota Quality slipping? The attached shows how few recalls Toyota has had in the last 20 years compared to the Big 3.  All of this was done while surpassing them in Sales. People Need To See This!…Share This Information!

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NEW TOYOTA RECALL WEBSITE AIDS CONSUMERS

Friday, January 29th, 2010
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A new website dedicated to providing update information about the most recent Toyota recall has united Toyota owners from all over the country who are looking for answers to many of their questions. toyota-floor-mat-recall-2-copy

 With millions of Toyota vehicles recently recalled, Toyota owners are turning to this website to find Toyota recall update answers to their questions and express their feelings and opinions with fellow consumers.

The dedicated Toyota recall website, http://www.toyotarecall.org, is an independent, consumer to consumer website that is not affiliated with Toyota or the government. It was launched as a way to collect the massive amount of questions and answers that exist online and bring it all to one simple destination for consumers.

The website provides an outlet for Toyota owners through various forums through which consumers can share their comments, opinions and experiences. Current forums being discussed now include:

One of the most active areas of the Toyota recall update website is the Q&A section where an outpouring of emotions and frustration has been seen.

One consumer wrote in, “Me and my family’s lives are not worth it. In the interest of public safety, none of these cars should even be on the road. The question is whether Toyota is going to do the right thing and allow people out of their contract or is it still going to stonewall everyone and claim that they’re going to work it out.”

Another consumer posed the question, “What is a consumer to do when the dealerships tells me that a letter will be sent out sometime next week/next month to address this problem? Do we keep driving this death trap?”

The website demonstrates visible anger and frustration on the parts of millions of Toyota owners.  Toyota owners who would like to share any information they have received can take part in the online forums by visiting http://www.toyotarecall.org/

Consumers who would like information from Toyota directly can call the official Toyota Customer Care phone number at 1-800-331-4331.

TOYOTA SUPPLIER HAS FIX FOR GAS PEDAL PROBLEM

Friday, January 29th, 2010
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A key Toyota Supplier has a fix for the gas pedal recall issue plaguing 8 core models in the Toyota line up.CTS

Toyota has come up with two possible repairs that dealers could perform. A Spokesman said the company had discussed the potential fixes with U.S. regulators, but declined to add additional information. He stated “Our desire is to repair as many vehicles as possible as quickly as possible. The ball is in our court.”

The supplier behind the pedal fiasco, CTS, is currently building replacement parts after determining condensation was the potential cause for wear to the pedal mechanism. According to the company’s Chairman and CEO, Vinod Khilnani, “That, we believe, is the reason for the slow return of the pedal.”  He continued, “We have the fix. It’s a … robust pedal, which is meeting the tougher specifications by Toyota. All of our three facilities which supply to Toyota are already producing the new pedal.”

TOYOTA HAS FIX FOR STICKING ACCELERATOR PROBLEM

Friday, January 29th, 2010
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Toyota  says it has a fix to the problem with sticking accelerator pedals and will update employees with details today, Friday, January 29, 2010.

The company informed workers Thursday night that it presented a remedy to federal regulators.

The e-mail says that plans are being developed on a variety of fronts. The company says it will update workers on Friday.

The company says its engineers are working around the clock to fix the problem in eight core models, including the top-selling Camry midsize sedan.

Toyota says accelerators rarely stick. But earlier this week the company halted sales and production of the 8 models. It has recalled at least 2.4 million cars and trucks in the U.S., Europe and China to eliminate  the problem.

TOYOTA SUSPENDS SALES AND PULLS “ANDON” ON 8 MODELS TO “NIP IT IN THE BUD”

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
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Toyota is suspending U.S. Sales on 8 popular Car and Truck models to fix a potential Accelerator, Throttle, Gas Pedal Problem. These models include the following: the 2009-2010 RAV4, the 2009-2010 Corolla, the 2007-2010 Camry, the 2009-2010 Matrix, the 2005-2010 Avalon, the 2010 Highlander, the 2007-2010 Tundra and the 2008-2010 Sequoia.toyota suspended sales

This is a Good Thing…There is a passage from (Jeremiah 6:16) that says:”Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”

The Toyota Production Process operates on a set of its own foundation principles and paths somewhat ancient in origin and involve process concepts of Jidoka, AndonGenchi Genbutsu, and a few others. Jidoka is a term that has evolved to mean automation with a human touch or the ability to stop production lines anytime at the sight of a problem. Andon refers to realtime visual and physical controls about current production state of affairs; Any Toyota worker can stop the production line  any time at the sign of trouble by pulling an “ANDON CORD”. Genchi Genbutsu is to “Go and See” and is the belief that practical experience is more valuable than theoretical knowledge; “One must see the problem to know the problem”.

Toyota is calling upon its own successful ancient paths of experience by taking Bold Action to pull the “Andon Cord” on Sales and Production of 8 U.S. Popular Core Product Vehicles so that they can apply “Genchi Genbutsu” to quickly and effectively solve and eliminate once and for all any Accelerator problem it may have with the suspended vehicles. Toyota is willing to do this for as long as it takes to eliminate any problem that might exist.

Yes, this is a Bold and Risky Move; yet a move that Must Be Taken and one that is True to the Heart Of Toyota Integrity. Think about it, instead of continuing to build and sell football field after football field full of defect laiden product like domestic manufacturers have done in the past, Toyota is stopping everything to get it right, “Nip It In The Bud”, before they allow business to continue. What a novel concept,,, stopping everything to get it right before allowing business to continue…Come to think of it,,, the U.S. Government could learn a few things here…….

Toyota is going the extra mile to reassure people that they really care about the customers. This is something that is going to be a short-term hardship on Dealers and Toyota; yet, in the long-term a homerun for Toyota , Dealers, and Customers.

God said follow the ancient paths. He probably taught Barney Fife to “Nip It In the Bud”. Toyota is using both to solve this one…

TOYOTA ACCELERATOR RECALL…WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010
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moving forwardToyota  is doing the right thing as it recalls 2.3 million Toyota-brand cars and trucks dating back to 2005  citing problems with certain supplier accelerator pedal mechanisms. Toyota is working quickly to prepare the correction remedy and they will solve this in a timely manner.

Recently there have been 60 plus new cases of Toyota vehicles accelerating on their own reported by safety experts since last year when Toyota announced it had solved the problem will a massive recall of suspect floor mats and proposed changes to gas pedals. The 60 new cases is added to approximately 2000 suspect cases that go back to 2006.

A recall of any magnitude is justified if it will save one person’s life. A recall became of utmost responsibility for Toyota though with a tragic and dramatic incident that occurred on the day after Christmas 2009. On that day not one but four people died in Southlake, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, when a 2008 Toyota sped off the road, through a fence and landed upside down in a pond. The car’s floor mats were found in the trunk of the car, where owners had been advised to put them as part of the recall late last year.

There definitely is a problem on some scale with certain accelerator throttle mechanisms used by Toyota in some of their vehicles. This problem is an elusive one though as there is no engine error code for a problem like this. The vehicle computer doesn’t know the driver’s intention. If you release the pedal and it stays down, the computer thinks you still have the pedal pushed down. 

Toyota will fix this problem…But is the media characterizing this issue accurately? Certainly it is the responsibility of media outlets to report and announce issues that are of importance to the public such as the Toyota recall. But the media over-steps it’s boundries when it blows a story such as Toyota’s out of proportion to an extent as to cause widespread fear, panic and despair with owners, so much so that they are scared to drive their vehicle.

Lets put this into perspective. There are approximately 27 million Toyota vehicles on the road in the United States. there have been a liitle over 2000 reported incidents of possible Toyota accelerator problems. That means at this time the odds of experiencing a Toyota accelerator problem are 13,500 to 1.

Here are  a few other odd for comparison:

  • Odds of death in a transportation accident this year 77 to 1
  • Odds of fatality slipping in bath or shower  2,232 to 1
  • Odds of being considered possessed by satan 7000 to 1

Drive your vehicle and remain calm. Take your vehicle in for the recall when you are contacted. Toyota will spare no expense to fix this problem. In the meantime, be familiar with procedures to handle an accelerator problem,

  • Shift into neutral
  • Firmly apply brakes
  • When you come to a stop, cut engine off

Here is a list of additional occurrances and their odds…

Odds that a person between the age of 18 and 29 does NOT read a newspaper regularly: 3 to 1
Odds that an American adult does not want to live to age 120 under any circumstances: 3 to 2
Odds of injury from fireworks: 19,556 to 1
Odds of injury from shaving: 6,585 to 1
Odds of injury from using a chain saw: 4,464 to 1
Odds of injury from mowing the lawn: 3,623 to 1
Odds of fatally slipping in bath or shower: 2,232 to 1
Odds of drowning in a bathtub: 685,000 to 1
Odds of being killed on a 5-mile bus trip: 500,000,000 to 1
Odds of being killed sometime in the next year in any sort of transportation accident: 77 to 1
Odds of being killed in any sort of non-transportation accident: 69 to 1
Odds of being struck by lightning: 576,000 to 1
Odds of being killed by lightning: 2,320,000 to 1
Odds of being murdered: 18,000 to 1
Odds of getting away with murder: 2 to 1
Odds of being the victim of serious crime in your lifetime: 20 to 1
Odds of dating a supermodel: 88,000 to 1
Odds of being considered possessed by Satan: 7,000 to 1
Odds that a first marriage will survive without separation or divorce for 15 years: 1.3 to 1
Odds that a celebrity marriage will last a lifetime: 3 to 1
Odds of getting hemorrhoids: 25 to 1
Odds of being born a twin in North America: 90 to 1
Odds of being on plane with a drunken pilot: 117 to 1
Odds of being audited by the IRS: 175 to 1
Odds of having your identity stolen: 200 to 1
Odds of dating a millionaire: 215 to 1
Odds of dating a supermodel: 88,000 to 1
Odds of writing a New York Times best seller: 220 to 1
Odds of finding out your child is a genius: 250 to 1
Odds of catching a ball at a major league ballgame: 563 to 1
Odds of becoming a pro athlete: 22,000 to 1
Odds of finding a four-leaf clover on first try: 10,000 to 1
Odds of a person in the military winning the Medal of Honor: 11,000 to 1
Odds of winning an Academy Award: 11,500 to 1
Odds of striking it rich on Antiques Roadshow: 60,000 to 1
Odds of getting a royal flush in poker on first five cards dealt: 649,740 to 1
Odds of spotting a UFO today: 3,000,000 to 1
Odds of becoming president: 10,000,000 to 1
Odds of winning the California lottery: 13,000,000 to 1
Odds of becoming a saint: 20,000,000 to 1
Odds of a meteor landing on your house: 182,138,880,000,000 to 1
Chance of an American home having at least one container of ice cream in the freezer: 9 in 10.
Chance of dying from any kind of injury during the next year: 1 in 1,820
Chance of dying from intentional self-harm: 1 in 9,380
Chance of dying from an assault: 1 in 16,421
Chance of dying from a car accident: 1 in 18,585
Chance of dying from any kind of fall: 1 in 20,666
Chance of dying from accidental drowning: 1 in 79,065
Chance of dying from exposure to smoke, fire, and flames: 1 in 81,524
Chance of dying in an explosion: 1 in 107,787
Chance that Earth will experience a catastrophic collision with an asteroid in the next 100 years: 1 in 5,000
Chance of dying in such a collision: 1 in 20,000
Chance of dying from exposure to forces of nature (heat, cold, lightning, earthquake, flood): 1 in 225,107
Chance of dying in an airplane accident: 1 in 354,319
Chance of dying from choking on food: 1 in 370,035
Chance of dying in a terrorist attack while visiting a foreign country: 1 in 650,000
Chance of dying in a fireworks accident: 1 in 1,000,000
Chance of dying from overexertion, travel or privation: 1 in 1,428,377
Chance of dying from food poisoning: 1 in 3,000,000
Chance of dying from legal execution: 1 in 3,441,325
Chance of dying from contact with hot tap water: 1 in 5,005,564
Chance of dying from parts falling off an airplane: 1 in 10,000,000
Chance of dying from ignition or melting of nightwear: 1 in 30,589,556
Chance of dying from being bitten by a dog: 1 in 700,000
Chance of dying from contact with a venomous animal or plant: 1 in 3,441,325
Chance of dying from being bitten or struck by mammals (other than dogs or humans): 1 in 4,235,477
Chance of dying from a mountain lion attack in California: 1 in 32,000,000
Chance of dying from a shark attack: 1 in 300,000,000
Chance of having a stroke: 1 in 6
Chance of dying from heart disease: 1 in 3
Chance of getting arthritis: 1 in 7
Chance of suffering from asthma or allergy diseases: 1 in 6
Chance of getting the flu this year: 1 in 10
Chance of developing schizophrenia: 1 in 00
Chance of contracting the human version of mad cow disease: 1 in 40,000,000
Chance of dying from SARS in the United States: 1 in 100,000,000
Chance of American man developing cancer in his lifetime: 1 in 2
Chance of an American woman developing cancer in her lifetime: 1 in 3
Chance of getting prostate cancer: 1 in 6
Chance of getting breast cancer: 1 in 9
Chance of getting colon / rectal cancer: 1 in 26
Chance of beating pancreatic or liver cancer: 1 in 9
Chance of beating thyroid or testicular cancer: 9 in 10