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Old 3rd March 2010, 19:03   #196
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Those cartoons are hilarious.
Seems like Toyota really messed up things and indeed tried cutting corners by ignoring customer complaints earlier.
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Old 3rd March 2010, 20:29   #197
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Default Toyota hearings may lead to new auto safety rules

This is very good news. At last now everyone will concentrate on quality and safety IMO

Source:: Toyota hearings may lead to new auto safety rules- International Business-News-The Economic Times
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I like those cartoons and It's going to be hard time for Toyota to bring back the trust in customers.It might take a decade to win the trust back.
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Hope they put disc brakes on the fortuner atleast now - wishful thinking ? Maybe
Great cartoons BTW



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The Toyota issue might just change the way cars all over the world are engineered. Maybe drive-by-wire isn't such a good thing after all!?
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The Obama administration is considering requiring all cars and trucks sold in the U.S. to have brakes that can override gas pedals to prevent sudden acceleration problems like those that led to reports of deaths and the recall of millions of Toyotas, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told Congress on Tuesday.

The system automatically deactivates the accelerator when the brake pedal is pressed, allowing the driver to stop safely even if the car's throttle is stuck open.
Source: Government weighs requiring brake overrides - Autos- msnbc.com.
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Report: Toyota owners experience unintended acceleration after recall fix [Update]

According to new complaints filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, some Toyota owners have experienced what they believe to be sudden and unintended acceleration problems, even after having their vehicles serviced for the recent recalls. Toyota is currently recalling 5.4 million vehicles due to possible floor mat entrapment, and an additional 4.1 million vehicles with accelerator pedals that can stick.

These allegations, which have not yet been confirmed by NHTSA, would indicate that there may be a source of unintended acceleration outside of the vehicles’ pedals and floor mats. So far, there have been seven documented complaints within the last two weeks that allege a post-fix unintended acceleration event has taken place, according to the LA Times.
One report involves a 2010 Camry that was serviced according to the recent recalls on February 12. The driver reported that five days after having the recall work performed, her vehicle accelerated up a snowbank.
“Had the incident happened one minute earlier, I would have been in a high car/pedestrian area and would not have been able to avoid an accident,” the unnamed consumer wrote. “The fix done by Toyota is not the fix for the acceleration problem.”
But some analysts worry that the recent media attention on Toyota Motor Company has instilled the idea that unintended acceleration is more common than it really is, causing drivers to be constantly weary of the possibility and even potentially jumping to false conclusions. For instance, some vehicles have displayed check engine warning lights on the dashboard after having their vehicles serviced for the recall – which may or may not be related to the repairs at the dealership.
“There is already doubt out there that the solutions Toyota has put forward really fix the problem of unintended acceleration,” said Aaron Bragman, auto industry analyst at IHS Global Insight, to the LA Times.
Bragman went on to caution that all complaints should be investigated before conclusions are drawn.
The increased attention to Toyota vehicle problems has also brought with it a skyrocketing of complaints to NHTSA since January. NHTSA says it has also increased the number of fatalities associated with unintended acceleration to 52 – up from 34.

Toyota addresses the complaints

According to Toyota spokeswoman, Celeste Migliore, Toyota was not aware of any complaints filed by Toyota owners with NHTSA following service for the two pending recalls. “We very much would like to have any of those individuals who claim they’ve had unintended acceleration after the fix to go back to the dealership. If there was an accident, we want to see the vehicle and the driver and the accident report,” Miligore said to the LA Times.
The recent complaints alleging unintended acceleration after being serviced for the recalls pertain to the Avalon, Camry and Matrix – models set to be given brake override software as part of the recall. Toyota has also announced that it will expand the vehicles for the override upgrade to include the Tacoma, Sequoia and Venza.

Update: NHTSA official address the complaints

Following the discovery of several reported incidents of unintended acceleration on vehicle that had already been serviced as part of Toyota’s recent recalls, NHTSA officials have now commented on the situation and taken action.
“NHTSA has already started contacting consumers about these complaints to get to the bottom of the problem and to make sure Toyota is doing everything possible to make its vehicles safe, ” said David Strickland, NHTSA administrator.
Strickland said, “If Toyota owners are still experiencing sudden acceleration incidents after taking their cars to the dealership, we want to know about it.”
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Allegations that Toyota Motor Corp. tried to hide vehicle defects aren't new: Former Toyota lawyer Dimitrios Biller has claimed for months that he had documents to prove it -- but was prevented by a court from revealing them.
Source :: Panel head under fire over Toyota documents | detnews.com | The Detroit News
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oh man, these news are going make Toyota run out of US.I am not sure whether the recent reports are intended by the competitors to make Toyota out of US.

I would be happy if they lose their brand value here in India .So we would get a good toyota for better price.
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oh man, these news are going make Toyota run out of US.I am not sure whether the recent reports are intended by the competitors to make Toyota out of US.

I would be happy if they lose their brand value here in India .So we would get a good toyota for better price.
Nah not really.
even after facing heat Toyota will comeback in no time.
it has not got the Tag of the worlds largest automaker for selling peanuts.


To think of it can all this be a conspiracy against Toyota by its American rivals?(Possibly GM because Toyota Dethroned GM from Top spot)?
well maybe not but im always a sucker for conspiracy theories
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Nah not really.
even after facing heat Toyota will comeback in no time.
it has not got the Tag of the worlds largest automaker for selling peanuts.


To think of it can all this be a conspiracy against Toyota by its American rivals?(Possibly GM because Toyota Dethroned GM from Top spot)?
well maybe not but im always a sucker for conspiracy theories
It is not only Toyota. Most manufacturers have recalled cars, for variety of reasons. Scale of recall varies.

IMO, these recalls are a reflection of the times that we are going through. Cars are increasingly dominated by electronics. To the extent of human control over-ridden by electronic control.

I am sure all the manufacturers would come out with clean solutions to address these issues.
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Default House committee wants more details from Toyota

House committee wants more details from Toyota

House committee wants more details from Toyota | detnews.com | The Detroit News


Toyota moves past apologies, aims for sales
Toyota moves past apologies, aims for sales | detnews.com | The Detroit News
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Old 9th March 2010, 11:56   #207
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Arrow BMW drive-by-wire: 2003 E46

It appears that some cars may already have a throttle override built-in, as early as 2003, or possibly earlier.

My 2003 BMW 3-series cuts off the throttle when the brake pedal is depressed after a certain point, even if the throttle is floored at the same time. I noticed this after I got off a car wash the other day and depressed the brake pedal while accelerating to "clean off" water between the rotor and pads.

Though it performs both functions at the same time (accelerating and braking), after a certain point on the brake pedal, the throttle just cuts off even if the accelerator is depressed.

Looks like there might be some benefits to drive-by-wire technology.

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Toyota flexes its muscles to defend reputation

Toyota flexes its muscles to defend reputation | detnews.com | The Detroit News

Acceleration test rigged, Toyota says

Acceleration test rigged, Toyota says | detnews.com | The Detroit News
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Default Class-action lawsuits could cost Toyota $3 bn plus

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Toyota owners claiming that massive safety recalls are causing the value of their vehicles to plummet have filed at least 89 class-action lawsuits that could cost the Japanese auto giant $3 billion or more, according to an Associated Press review of cases, legal precedent and interviews with experts
Source :: Class-action lawsuits could cost Toyota $3 bn plus- Automobiles-Auto-News By Industry-News-The Economic Times
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Default Toyota still working on Prius fix

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Toyota Motor Corp. says it is still working on a fix for thousands of recalled Prius vehicles -- including one involved in a runaway incident
Source :: Toyota still working on Prius fix | detnews.com | The Detroit News
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