• Jul 13, 2006
Tundras, Scions, and now... Toyota Motor is recalling 367,600 U.S. Highlander and Lexus RX SUVs to fix clips that may allow a console access panel to fall onto the gas pedal.
The recall applies to 2004-2005 Highlanders and RX 330s and 2006 Highlander Hybrid and RX 400h models. Stronger clips will be installed to replace the original units.

Toyota says it has had seven reported complaints about the errant panel, and in two cases it interfered with the gas pedal, causing accidents. No injuries have resulted.

[Source: Bloomberg via Chicago Tribune] Thanks for the tip, Ryan!


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      Paul
      • 8 Years Ago
      when Toyota issues a recall its because they care about people. When the american companies issue a recall its because they are forced to. its always greed with the american companies and customer service with the Asian companies. that is why the Asian companies dominate the auto industry and do it making a profit.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I can verify this happens with all model toyota corolas as well from at least 1990. I would guess this might happen with other models from as far back as who knows when. This danger is real however subjective it might be. imagine a piece of plastic (appr 4" x 2") falling on your feet as you drive. However small this can be very dangerous.

      Cheap plastics in cheap cars
      • 8 Years Ago
      RE: #1

      Oh you feel so bad for the large multi national multi billion corporation!?

      What about the family of 4, or the 16 yr old, or the pregnant single woman with no job who are driving one of millions of Toyotas when the plastic falls on their feet?

      Do you feel bad for them at all?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ouch. They're going to need to consider renaming this ToyotaRecallBlog.

      Although, I have to say, I agree with those who think that getting worked up over recalls, regardless of the nameplate involved, is a little bit silly.

      I've owned three GM cars, a Subaru, a Mazda, a Volvo, and a Mitsubishi. Most of them had a recall or two, and aside from one (lemon-scented) GMer, they were all equally trouble-free. Much of "reliability" comes down to simple attention to maintenance.

      And, to put it in perspective, the difference between new vehicles with "well above average" and "well below average" in CR's reliability surveys is something like 5 problems out of 100 vehicles. As another commenter said, most any new car is very reliable by the standards of previous decades.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Moreso, even driven a 19408-1954 Hudson? Some of the best cars ever mass produced, and 100% American! They would blow the socks off Toyota in any quality comparison. Same thing for most other cars up to about 1954, and many later ones as well.

      My 1962 Olds Starfire is made WAY better than plastic and tin can Toyota!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I saw this on another forum, CNN mentionned it on their website http://money.cnn.com/2006/07/11/autos/bad_recall/index.htm
      • 8 Years Ago
      Told you so!

      When Toyota was making limited numbers of vehicles in limited numbers of markets and model niches, it could sweat the details because it had less to sweat over. Now that Toyota (and Honduh) have decided they want to compete in all market segments possible, they are finding out what the Ford and GM have long known - mistakes happen and quality appears to suffer.

      Also remember, Toyoduh and Honduh putzheads, some of these segments that these two companies are competing they know nothing about - no history - no experience. These companies aren't run by Gods - Japanese executives can be just as cheap and corrupt as American ones.

      I am just sitting back enjoying Toyoduh and Honduh getting what they deserve.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Shit happens, it's a recall, life goes on, Domestic or import nameplate.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota is really falling apart at the seams -- Chairman is forced to resign, a bunch of its executives arrested, and recall after recall taking place since Mitsubishi was caught covering up defects.

      And now the next generation Corolla pulled at the last moment for a major redesign -- something horrendous is going on. So the current aging Corolla will solder on a few more years. For a car to make it this far (months from release) and to be cancelled because of problems shows someone walked in and was horrified by what they discovered. Toyota has huge problems we are only now getting hints about.
      • 8 Years Ago
      recall after recall, and yet the toy lovers are still defending their sacred cow. toyota is not upfront, and continues to blatently disregard rules on repairs. four hours to do an oil change and lube on a tundra? what else did they change or revise. this was my sons saga. funny, ever notice how many toyota's and nissans at your local tranny shops? late model ones at that. cost my son over 6k to have his rebuilt. i admit, they WERE well built, but in their quest to be king, they are surely becoming king of the heap.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is what you expect with such aggressive goals in being #1 vs. being the best. They bring more cars to market than any other company. I am sure that there are bound to be some production, quality, and parts issues along the way. And Nissan and Honda get their asses kicked because they're not bringing products to the market fast enough and aggressive in their growth. I'm sure that they want to make sure that they're not slapped with a continuous flow of major recalls. Toyota needs to slow down with their bland cookie cutter vehicles. There was a time when they were focused on OK designs and cars that were almost perfect in reliability. That was when I used to buy them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      1. It's like being kicked when you are down.
      by TheOne442

      This is what I am taking about! Now it's Toyota time to shine. Every so called wannabee Toyota lover has always been bashing Ford & Gm for every reason possible. Now its our turn suckers, at least the American cars has style your but ugly Toyotas has always lacked in style. Please go buy a soccer car Yaris. If that car was released by Ford or GM you would have been bashing it forever.

      Please help me I am driving a "T"rough "o"n "y"our "o"ld "t"rinket "a"utomobile

      Cheers suckers
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