New Toyota Recall Covers 6.4 Million VehiclesApril 10, 2014
Issues stemming from defective air bags and seats that could move in an accident have forced a massive Toyota recall of 1.8 million vehicles in the U.S. and nearly 6.4 million vehicles worldwide. The announced recall covers numerous models dating back to 2006, ranging from its Prius hybrids to its larger SUVs. The recall stems from increased customer complaints about faulty wiring in the driver’s air bag, which could cause the bag not to deploy in a collision.
Justice Department Investigates Earlier Toyota Recall
Investigators with the U.S. Department of Justice completed a four-year investigation into a previous Toyota recall. The investigation found that the company held back data about design flaws that induced abrupt, inadvertent acceleration in various models. Criminal penalties included an impressive $1.2 billion fine. The Japanese auto giant still faces potential billions in settlements and verdicts from various personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
Defect Tracking Led to Current Toyota Recall
Last month, the automaker submitted a report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the latest Toyota recall. The report stated that the company started tracking a troubling issue with its air bags in 2011 due to an increase in complaints. The report concluded that specific features of its Tacoma pickup increased the likelihood of failures in its air bags. The company recalled more than 480,000 Tacomas in the United States late in 2012.
Models Affected by Toyota Recall
Owners of many popular models will be affected by the latest Toyota recall. The models affected by the defective air bag wiring include 2006-10 Yaris vehicles, 2006-8 RAV4s, 2009-10 Tacoma pickups, 2008-10 Highlander,s 2009-10 Matrix vehicles, and 2009-10 Corollas. A report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration stated that Toyota “did not identify a trend” across other models at first. The automaker attributed this to lower failure rates in other models.
Long History of Toyota Recalls
The automotive giant has had a major Toyota recall nearly every year this decade. A Toyota recall of nearly a million vehicles, including Prius hybrids from 2010 to 2014 and a quarter-million trucks and sport utility vehicles, was announced in February. The company also ordered a recall of over 5 million vehicles in 2013, the most of any major manufacturer. The issues with unintended acceleration led to the recall of more than 10 million vehicles in 2009 and 2010.
Source: New York Times
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