• Nov 16th 2006 at 12:24PM
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Toyota announced today that it is recalling 54,217 vehicles sold in Japan that could possibly catch fire if parked and left running. The recall affects two models, the Harrier SUV and Windom sedan (known as the Lexus RX and ES, respecitvely, in North America). Apparently there's a possible defect in each vehicle's computer control system that could cause it to malfunction and catch fire. Two vehicles have reportedly went up in flames on account of this defect and 26 complaints about the vehicles have been filed. The units being recalled were produced between December 1997 and November 2000, and Toyota insists none were exported for sale.

The Big T has been blasted in the media this year for performing a higher than normal number of recalls yet still maintaining an image of impeccable quality throughout its brands. One wonders at what point that image will begin to fade if the recalls continue. Toyota's announcement today further justifies Ford's decision yesterday to delay the delivery of Edge and MKX crossovers to dealers until problems with the manufacturing process could be ironed out. It's always best to deal with issues in the factory rather than shifting them over to the owner's driveway.

[Source: International Herald Tribune, Associated Press]
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      • 8 Years Ago
      "the toyota recalls mostly started as it was pressured by the us congress to buy more american made parts. not surprised that these will continue until they refuse to be pressured and return to the asian made parts surpliers[sic]."

      Excuse me Paul, but the 'American made' parts are not the reason for Toyota's problems. I have customers who work at Tower here who make parts for Toyota and they all say that Toyota is very stringent on their quality tolerances. The parts are made to TOYOTA'S specifications, not the plant that is producing them.
      And I agree with Richard. Toyota is not very good at standing behind their defects. Ask all the owners of the oil sludge problems who were told it was their fault because they didn't change the oil enough. Sounds just like the same line Daimler-Chrysler used on that turd 2.7 V-6 with the same problem.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oops I double-posted the same comment I posted hours ago. Stupid emails-to-activate-comments. Why are we still on that system, anyway?!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think it's about time people start to relize that TOYota is not all that. People love to be lead like sheep they need someone to tell what to do and think.I am glad that Autoblog can be honest and show people what's really going on .I only wish more people knew about Autoblog,perhaps a bi monthly flyer or newspaper or something of that nature. Thank you and keep up the good work!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Like ive always said.. you can put toyotas name on a bucket of SHIT and sell it at a premium price, put any American name on a bucket of silver and there are no takers... You morons are brainwashed by the JAPS.. You morons.. wake up..
      • 8 Years Ago
      That Lexus is UGLY.

      Wang chung Toyota! Ha ha ha ha ha!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Once again, Ford falls behind. You need to do slightly more than park one to get it to catch fire!
      • 8 Years Ago
      #12 Toyota is blowing it, time to consider a superior product from GM. Don't settle.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #12 Joe.. face it moron.. u are brainwashed by the japs.. you are a laggard, worthless piece of shit so you think every thing AMERICAN is the same.. You will buy another Jap.. no doubt in my mind you anti- american piece of shit.
      • 8 Years Ago
      probably those parts from Delphi that toyota had been pressured to buy
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cue all the comments from people saying Toyota's making bad cars now, even though this recall is for cars 6-9 years old.
      Come to think of it, why the hell is this news? The people who bought those cars can't read this unless they know English!
      • 8 Years Ago
      its a known documented fact that CONSUMER REPORTS is owned and financed outright by the Japs.. wake up you morons. You are led like sheep. Can't you make a decision without reading something from a anti-american rag like consumer distorts? Most of you are pathetic.. jeez. why am i wasting my time..
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Sure, Ford and GM have had their problems,"

      -LMAO, UHHHHH yeah ya think?
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