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#1048 of 3593 Timeline
Feb 09, 2010 (12:32 pm)
DETROIT, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) has issued a string of recalls covering more than 8.5 million vehicles worldwide including its flagship Camry sedan and the Prius hybrid.
Following are milestones leading to the largest recall in Toyota's history, a series of events that has hit the automaker's reputation and results:
* 2000: Toyota launches program known as "Construction of Cost Competitiveness for the 21st Century" with the aim of cutting costs of 180 key car parts by 30 percent, saving nearly $10 billion by 2005.
* 2004: In cooperation with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA,) Toyota narrows the scope of investigations into unintended acceleration by eliminating incidents lasting more than a few seconds or those where the driver applied the brake.
* 2006: Following a surge in global recalls, Toyota head Katsuaki Watanabe apologizes for "quality glitches." Toyota delays some new models by up to half a year.
* March 2007: NHTSA opens investigation into pedal entrapment in some Toyota vehicles. That leads to recall of 55,000 floormats in September.
* Late 2007: Insurer State Farm tells NHTSA of a "significant increase" in Toyota-related accidents involving its policyholders.
* September 2007: Former Toyota attorney Dimitrios Biller signs a severance agreement with the automaker. He claims he found "numerous" cases where the company concealed evidence from the courts and the U.S. government. Toyota "strongly disputes" this claim.
* October 2007: Consumer Reports influential vehicle quality survey drops three Toyota vehicles, including a version of the Camry, from its recommended list. The verdict: "After years of sterling reliability, Toyota is showing cracks in its armor."
* December 2007: Toyota's U.S. sales for 2007 hit 2.6 million units. It has displaced Ford Motor Co (F.N) as No. 2 in the U.S. market and is on the cusp of unseating General Motors Co [GM.UL] as No. 1 on a global basis.
* June 2009: Akio Toyoda, 53, grandson of Toyota's founder, is named president, replacing Watanabe, 67. Toyota executive Yoshi Inaba is called out of retirement and dispatched to the United States to head operations in the automaker's largest market.
* Nov. 26, 2009: Toyota recalls 4.2 million vehicles in the United States to address the risk that floormats can come loose and trap the accelerator pedal.
* Dec. 15, 2009: NHTSA officials meet Toyota executives in Japan seeking prompt action on safety issues. Toyota commits to improving its responsiveness.
* Jan. 16, 2010: Toyota informs NHTSA that accelerator pedals made by supplier CTS Corp (CTS.N) may have a dangerous "sticking" defect.
* Jan. 19: At meeting in Washington including Inaba and U.S. sales chief Jim Lentz, NHTSA asks Toyota to take prompt action. Hours later Toyota tells NHTSA it will issue a recall.
* Jan. 21: Toyota announces recall for about 2.3 million Toyota models to fix sticky pedals.
* Jan. 25: NHTSA informs Toyota it is legally obliged to stop selling vehicles even if it does not have a remedy.
* Jan. 26: Toyota halts U.S. sales of eight models involved in the recall, including its best-selling Camry and Corolla sedans, and says it will halt production for first week of February.
* Jan. 27: At urging of NHTSA, Toyota recalls an additional 1.1 million vehicles due to the risk that a loose floormat could trap the accelerator in an open position. That adds to the recall of 4.2 million vehicles announced in November 2009.
* Jan. 28: Toyota meets with NHTSA to review its pedal fix. NHTSA says it has no objections to the fix.
* Jan. 29: NHTSA opens investigation into CTS pedals. NHTSA asks CTS if it sold pedal to other carmakers and when it discovered reports of problems.
* Feb. 2: Toyota reports a 16 percent drop in January U.S. sales. Monthly U.S. sales drop below 100,000 for the first time in more than a decade and Toyota's U.S. market share falls to its lowest level since January 2006.
* Feb. 2: NHTSA renews investigation into Toyota's electronic throttle control system. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says, "While Toyota is taking responsible action now, it unfortunately took an enormous effort to get to this point." Toyota says it will fully cooperate with NHTSA probe.
* Feb. 3: LaHood warns recalled Toyota owners to stop driving, then withdraws his remarks, saying it was a misstatement. Toyota says it is examining braking complaints about its 2010 model Prius hybrid.
* Feb. 4: NHTSA opens investigation into at least 124 consumer complaints about brakes on Toyota Prius hybrids.
* Feb. 5: After keeping a low profile for nearly two weeks, President Akio Toyoda appears at a news conference to apologize for safety problems. He announces plans to bring in a task force, including outside analysts to review quality. Toyota considers a recall for Prius braking issue.
* Feb. 9: Toyota announces recall of nearly 500,000 new Prius and Lexus-brand hybrid cars globally for braking problems. Akio Toyoda says he may visit the United States in the third week of February.
#1050 of 3593 Re: Toyota Newsroom [sharonkl]
Feb 09, 2010 (12:57 pm)
I liked the part..."We’re committed to doing everything we can – as fast as we can"
#1051 of 3593 Re: Toyota Newsroom [revit]
Feb 09, 2010 (1:06 pm)
Better than, "We might get around to SOME of it - SOMEDAY"
#1052 of 3593 Re: Toyota Newsroom [larsb]
Feb 09, 2010 (1:16 pm)
Better than, "We might get around to SOME of it - SOMEDAY"
LOLOL Thats the kicker as in reality, that is exactly what Toyota did...5 years in the making.
#1053 of 3593 European Headlines on defunct Toyota brand
Feb 09, 2010 (1:28 pm)
Federal safety officials have received complaints from drivers of 2009 and 2010 Corollas in the U.S., with many saying their cars wandered when driving straight on highways
#1054 of 3593 Re: Pedal not to blame, says CTS [lzc]
Feb 09, 2010 (1:33 pm)
I .had posted earlier how I personally saw a possible crisis management plan aproach/agreement between DHTSA and Toyota.
Accelerator shims - Toyota helps protect against law suits as says is problem & cause of UA - public sees something done- fix minor sticky pedal issue - question though as not really in UA complaints?? .
Floor mats - Toyota helps protect against law suits as says is problem & cause of UA- public sees something done- fixes
UA incidents - Nov 25, 2009 Toyota Newsroom announcement they will install brake override systems in all 2011 models & some recall models & 2010 start implementing also- complaints lodged in future should decrease alot - should help decrease many of the possible causes. Was written to indicate just an additional safety precaution
Toyotas future claims - Success for recalls done - problem corrected- UA incident complaints way down. Public happy
#1055 of 3593 Up Next - Toyota 4Runner
Feb 09, 2010 (1:39 pm)
Add raging Toyota 4Runner to recall list, local woman says
Deanna Reynolds is afraid of her Toyota.
On Jan. 2, she was pulling into a parking spot when her engine surged and her car leaped forward with such force that she smashed into the PT Cruiser parked opposite her, launching it completely from its spot. Trembling, she backed up, turned off her ignition, and kept repeating, “What just happened? What just happened?”
Stories like Reynolds’ are not uncommon in this era of unprecedented Toyota recalls. But Reynolds, of San Clemente, doesn’t own one of the recalled cars. She owns a 2004 Toyota 4Runner. Which is supposed to be just fine.
But it is not fine.
Reynolds’ insurance company sent her 4-Runner to the Caliber Collision Centerin San Juan Capistrano for body work. Within weeks, it was done. The body shop took the 4Runner for a test drive before calling Reynolds to say “Pick ‘er up.” The 4Runner was going about 35 miles an hour, and Caliber’s test driver hit the brakes - only to find the car would not stop. It took a second pounding on the pedal to calm the car down.
Now Caliber’s Justin Frost will not release the 4Runner to Reynolds, because he’s not convinced that it’s safe, and Caliber doesn’t want an accident on its conscience (or its liability sheet).
So Caliber - the body shop! - is paying for a rental car for Reynolds, as it awaits something in writing from Toyota Corporate, saying that the car has been checked and is certified as safe.
Toyota has been out to inspect the car, but Reynolds said the inspector did not drive the car, and there has been no resolution. Calls to Toyota weren’t returned by deadline.
“I strongly suspect that Toyota does not want to believe that yet another model is having acceleration problems,” Reynolds told us in an email, “but, believe me, if anyone had experienced how my accident happened, they would have no doubt that my vehicle is in question.”
Reynolds, who has been a loyal Toyota customer over the years, wants people to know “that there could be, and probably is, a question about other models than those presently being recalled,” she said.
“There’s no question in my mind,” she said. “I’m scared to drive that car.”
#1056 of 3593 Re: Up Next - Toyota 4Runner [revit]
Feb 09, 2010 (1:41 pm)
Man, the media-driven Hysteria on this subject is getting OUT. OF. HAND.