• Feb 3rd 2010 at 9:58AM
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Toyota's two massive recalls have been a huge PR problem and an even bigger blow to consumer confidence, but the Japanese automaker isn't the only party looking bad right now. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seems to be in a bad spot too since it appeared to act very slowly in taking any action against Toyota in spite of the fact that claims of unintended acceleration counted in the hundreds. Mix in accusations that Toyota was able to hire an ex-NHTSA employee who may have influenced some of the government agency's decisions and you've got a recipe for spending unwanted time with Congress.

The question the entire auto industry is likely asking right now is, What's next? Will NHTSA continue to treat automakers with trust? Former NHTSA administrator Joan Claybrook says the Toyota situation has stung the government agency, adding "they have been behind the eight ball and haven't used the authority given to them." The Detroit News feels the new NHTSA will be faster to issue "stop sales," for example, when automakers don't have a fix for a safety concern, and the experts appear to agree. Sean Kane of Safety Research & Strategies reportedly told The Detroit News "when the dust settles, there is going to be some significant shakeups of how things happen within the defects realm at NHTSA."

We're guessing NHTSA will get tougher with automakers after the Toyota recalls are in the rear-view mirror, but then again Toyota isn't the first automaker to play cat and mouse with the government agency. Head over to The Detroit News to read some of the recalls automakers like Ford, GM and BMW have delayed or even avoided over the years.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      lol, pedal is not problem.

      Even apple co-founder said, pedal is not only problem.

      Apple Founder: Toyota Problem is Software

      Again, Pedal itself is not only problem.

      "CTS has never made, any accelerator pedals for Lexus vehicles and that CTS also has no accelerator pedals in Toyota vehicles prior to model year 2005."

      Toyota digging in wrong place.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree 100%. Iam an electrical contractor, I bought a new 2008 tundra with a cloth interior. On dry days when I exited the vehicle I would get static shocks like you wouldn't believe. At night i could see the arc jump at least 3'8 to 1/2" an inch. That converts to a coulple thousand volts. My girlfriend's Matrix with simmilar interior is the same.My Dad's Jetta,,,, nothing. It gor so anoying I was actualy glad to dump it after a year. Just wondering if static friction is a real problem with sensors on the car. Alot of todays car wiring harneses are not shielded properly, but they send electrical pulses at high speeds to the CPU in the car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      rjj130, Why did you notice the problem on day one, but not the test drive? Did you not drive it before you bought it? Also, lots of states actually let you return a car within a very short period of time and mileage. Why didn't you return the car right away for a full refund?

      Perhaps you can provide a video of this failure, because I still can't find a single live action failure of this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's because the live action failures resulted in death and destroyed cars. Kind of hard to remember to video tape what's happening when you're plummeting off of the road.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @nardvark - leave the troll alone and he may go away. He's in fantasy land now to sustain his imaginary image of toyota, look no further than post 12.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Beyond the individual cases listed in the article (BMW MINI exhaust tattoos here: http://www.autoblog.com/2008/12/23/mini-cooper-s-recalled-for-protruding-tailpipes-inadvertent-tat/), one of the reasons Nissan failed and was bought out was because of fallout from being found systematically concealing safety data to avoid recalls. IIRC, during the investigation someone found the file cabinet (this was a while back) that Nissan was purposely losing records in so that they didn't have to report safety issues.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I heard today that some dealerships will stay open 24hours to "help out". Or at least to push more vehicles through to offset their loss from decreased sales.

      THE Ferrari discussion forum.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My bet is that Washington is going to make a lot of noise about protecting the public and chastising Toyota, but they are not going to do anything that does not meet the approval of their largest deficit financiers, Japan and China.

      Watch what comes out of Washington's investigations, and consider whether Comrade Obama's deficit planning played a role.

      All they are going to do is criticize the actions of the NHTSA during the Bush Administration, propose a bazillion dollar tax increase on the auto industry to staff up Washington with more safety engineers, and weaken safety rules further to allow China to start selling cars in the US.
      • 5 Years Ago

      love toyota all you want but lets stop the bs?"

      This video never even started?!?!?! Got a link that works? I also, don't "love" Toyota. I just see BS when its painfully obvious. I had a Corolla and I was a little active on the forums. I find it odd that NO ONE complained about any accelerating problems. It wasn't until the media bashing that so many people are complaining about it, and most of it is hearsay. Still no video proof. If it was such a big problem, C/D, Autoblog, and every automotive source should already be trying to independently be trying to re-create this massive recall. Seems like it's only being talked about more then anything. Where are all the actual examples of this failure?

      • 5 Years Ago
      nardvark, are you drunk in the AM? Dead people can't post on the internet. We have a LIVE poster claiming to have a sticking/slow reacting accelerator. I'd love to see video of this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Throttle-by-wire in automobiles is a bad idea. Unlike the airline industry, automobile design from concept to production is precipitously undertaken everywhere. There is no excuse for the failure of such an important device. Why would any auto manufacturer move from the time-tested cable operated throttle to something that could be so inherently dangerous.
      Also, I cannot believe that Toyota did not provide any safety measures into their design. It does not take a rocket scientist to understand that an electronic throttle control could and will eventually go awry. Something as clear and simple as a software sub-routine that would override the throttle by application of the brake pedal is mandated into this design. It would also break people of the habit of riding the brake. I hope Toyota gets raked across the coals for this one - they deserve nothing less.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This will suffice the media for a few months, however no matter what the Toyota execs say, IT IS ELECTRONIC.

      My fiancee's 07 Camry LE has had the problem since day 1. I used to think it was her and not knowing how to feather onto the accelerator. However, I drove it and noticed the issue immediately. It would either feather on nicely or go full tilt. I drive a MT daily so I thought it may have been the transmission as well however it happens when the car is in motion too, not just from a complete step.

      Toyota needs to man up and realize that there is something wrong w/ the electronics associated with the accelerator to the throttle body.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Steve Wozniak was on CNN last night. He said his words were taking way out of context. He has 4 Prius's and only one of them seems to have a problem. It was also a problem with the cruise control. It would accelerate faster then it should, but could be cancelled with the brake pedal. He went on to say, he thinks he just got one bad car, out of many.

      The real problem he had, was that he couldn't get a hold of anyone at Toyota to talk about it. He felt that they didn't take the problem serious and that they thought it was user error. If anyone has ever dealt with any dealer or car company, this is normal. I'm not saying its right, but weak customer service isn't only a Toyota problem.

      At any rate, Steve NEVER said that Toyota's current problem was a software problem. He actually loves his Toyota's and will keep all of his. Being a big shot, he was just shocked that he couldn't get any real support from Toyota. Guess the service tech didn't know his name.

      I think autoblog needs to be renamed toyoblog. So, anything else in the auto world going on?
      • 5 Years Ago
      manufacturers just need to stop sourcing oem parts from unreliable domestic parts producers like CTS.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If a component from a supplier is at fault that was approved by Toyota than its Toyota's problem.
        • 5 Years Ago
        manufacturers need to stop cutting costs so significantly that their designs are no longer competent and endanger the lives of customers. manufacturers need to start offering basic safety systems their competitors have been providing for the better part of a decade. manufactures (toyota) need to stop providing Americans with crappy products simply because our purchasing base seems to be the lowest common denominator. GM's stepping up their game, Ford's pretty much past toyota in terms of design, interior quality, fun, etc. manufacturers are stepping up their game, time for toyota to join them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No one knows if CTS is at fault yet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It must be CTS's fault! That's why cars without the CTS part are having the problem!
      • 5 Years Ago
      During my years in the business, I dealt mainly with Cadillacs but I gotta say I made more than a few calls to Detroit with concerns about issues that I felt should have prompted a recall. In every case, they simply generated a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin). I doubt Cadillac was unique in this.
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