• Feb 16, 2010



The recall of over eight million vehicles has Toyota in the crosshairs of the world media, and all that negative attention is predictably hurting the Japanese automaker's U.S. sales. A report from Breitbart claims that Toyota is stopping production at its Georgetown, Kentucky Camry and Avalon plant for four days to keep output in line with demand. Likewise, the San Antonio, Texas Tundra plant will be shuttered for 10 days in March and April to ensure that dealers don't have more trucks on the lot than needed.

If the report is true, the temporary shutdown of the plants in Kentucky and Texas would appear to signal that Toyota doesn't plan to build up stockpiles of vehicles in the short term. We're thinking that's probably a good idea in light of the fact that Toyota will likely continue to see bad press until well after the Japanese automaker heads to Washington D.C. for congressional hearings about its recall issues. Toyota is working hard to get the many recalled vehicles fixed, however, as the automaker claims its dealers are on a torrid pace repairing 50,000 pedals per day.

[Source: Breitbart]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This story is very number-based, and yet nobody knows the definitive place to get the numbers. Toyota says it has logged 13 cases of stuck gas pedals covering the US and Canada, out of 2.3 million vehicles. CTS says something similar. Lawyers say we're all doomed. ABS News agrees. The NHTSA just counts their emails without filtering anything, according to the www.edmunds.com study. So I could email them right now and say my father was killed by a defective Camry, and that would be another "alleged death" for next week's headlines. Am I wrong? I hope so, because the 34 "alleged deaths" are all over the news without any qualification.

      So how prevalent is this problem? We may never know. All I know is that something so newsworthy would surely show up on the news by now, after months of hoopla. Journalists find everything there is to find.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are right of course, which is why I felt like the State Farm story posted here a few days ago went a long way to bringing some sort of substance to this debacle. Stae Farm doesn't like paying out claims, no insurance company does, and they have identified Toyotas as having a possible problem because of the inordinate amount of claims. The apologists will claim that Toyotas are so popular that it is normal for them to be involved in the most accidents because so many are on the road, but the people at State Farm are smarter then that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have no interest in defending Toyota but I will admit to wanting to see more of other motorists' posts of their experiencing unintended acceleration in another make of vehicle. I do know this has occurred and continues to happen with other brands as well but the media has not had a major hold of the news. Toyota has to really put an effective fix to this fiasco but the reporting media has really had a field day encouraginig hateful detractors out of the woodwork.

      As another outcome of Toyota's troubles, there also exists a side occurrence of some Toyota drivers who are quick to immediately blame their car as a result of their very own bad driving habits. Whenever a company experiences trouble, I, personally, do not wish that it burn to the ground but rather, hope that it picks itself up and learn from its mistakes. What I find disturbing are rants from a lot of people how Toyota "should die", etc. The "tall poppy syndrome" (wishing ill of someone who is at the top) is an unhealthy societal disease.
      Dave
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't believe how anyone can take up for Toyota and defend them over deaths...when it was another automaker involved in deaths, people were out for blood over it. There are confirmed 34 cases and growing, of accelerator pedal-caused DEATHS in these cars.

      Their values are dropping, people are trading them in in droves, and Toyota is losing billions.

      Meanwhile, Ford market share is up to 17% and GM market share is up to 21%. No recalls there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If we encourage this too much, someone will rig one like 60 Minutes did with the Audi 5000, and Dateline did with the Silverado gas tanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will the Camry retain its crown as best selling car this year I wonder?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am amazed at the "blame the victim" mentality that some of the posters are displaying here. What is at stake here as I pointed out in my first post is that the new pedal "shims" being inserted seems to make the Toyota pedal work in worser (!) ways than initially.

      How can a fix make the problem worse and still be called "a fix".

      My reason for posting the original comment is that no one in the mainstream media or the blogging community seems to have bothered to ask the many thousands of customers about what the general feedback has been since their pedal fix ("shim"). Instead, we seem to have a ton of press releases rebranded as "news" while the real, honest reporting of what is happening in the "field" after a massive recall as this one has been ignored.

      I did more "work" than all the "analysts" and "journalists" in the media put together in finding the one comment buried on some obscure auto web site to show how the feedback from one Toyota customer has been to his pedal being "fixed".

      Instead of this initiating some soul searching among bloggers and media, I am seeing a real garish "blame the victim" campaign among some of these posters. This is sickening. It does not matter if one person in a million or 1000 persons in a million die due to sudden unintended acceleration in their Toyotas: the thought of even one makes all current Toyota owners cringe. So we need Toyota to belatedly find the "truth behind the problem" and fix it. Until then, let us do some research and some real journalistic work.

      I would hate to post here in the future, if I find more nasty tit-for-tats and less honest research and comments that enlighten us about this recall. I request you all in humility to think before you post...thanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anyone have a video of a faulty Toyota pedal? Anyone? No?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You may be on to something here. Toyota could affix an information label on the visors.
        "Attention Loyal Toyophiles: In the event of an unwanted acceleration problem in your car, please take the time to locate your video camera or camera phone and kindly record the incident. In the event you are out of control and heading toward certain death, please toss the video recorder out of the window to prevent it from being damaged or smeared with blood. Thank you for your cooperation and as always, it's been a thrill moving forward with you".
      • 4 Years Ago
      BOYCOTT Toyota!
      My family member still can't get her overpriced Lexus pedal fixed due to lack of available parts & techs. Our neighbors Lexus crashed into a Shell station because of a stuck accelerator. This is nuckin futsz.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think Toyota should recall all their cars and trucks to replace the engines. Have you seen the huge number of complaints on the internet from customers who have had to replace their engines at their own expense. I've never had a good experience with a Toyota and refuse to buy into their marketing hype.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Sasher,
      I'm afraid you may be confusing a blog with a court of law or a legislative body. It's not. It's just a place where everyone can bloviate about whatever they think is important, something like a saloon.

      Blogs also don't usually have field reporters that can interview people leaving their local Toyota service department.

      So, your choices are somewhat limited. Follow the Main Stream Media or blogs and forums. If that doesn't do it for you, then grab a camera and go do some reporting yourself.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @John
        I think you misunderstood me. I am in no way expecting a blog poster to do journalistic work. In fact, I know better. I expect posters however to comment in a manner that enhances the issue highlighted in the story and add to our knowledge if at all possible. Oh and they can make nasty comments as well....

        But that doesn't mean I am going to let Autoblog and the MSM for just cutting and pasting press releases as "news" while the core issue is doing some additional work such as phoning dealers or customers or heck, even friends to know what is going on in the "ground". Without that, we may as well shut down all blogs and just turn them into RSS feeds or AP news feeds with just comments being the only useful feature where we can gleam items from each other about what is going on in the "ground".

        Autoblog needs to be shamed occasionally so that it doesn't become yet another shill like the MSM has become. Just sayin...
      • 4 Years Ago
      mapsbam: I agree with you. However, instead of arguing about this, why don't we all focus on the real issue? We need blogs like Autoblog and others to go interview some people who have "had their pedals fixed" and ask them about their opinions. We are constantly bombarded by corporate press releases paraded as "news" while there is very little "in the field" kind of reporting. I urge Autoblog and others to get off their seats and do some real interviewing of Toyota owners...thanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota did not give everyone new Denso pedals because all of the Denso manufacturing plants could not produce enough in a years time to fix the number of cars recalled, nevermind keeping up with production. Toyota also sees this shim as the permanent solution... because it is. They would not spend millions of dollars and hours of bad press time just to have this fiasco reoccur in a few years. That doesn't make sense. None of you make sense.

      Except the stairs comments. Thank you for putting it into perspective how RARE this case is. So rare that it took a long time to replicate in order to find a solution.

      Nuff said.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If this is overblown, then all safety recalls from pintos to tires have been overblown.

        Nice that your objecting to the overreaction now all of a sudden.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well I understand they couldn't make pedals fast enough to supply both customer cars and cars in production. So Toyota decides it is more important for them to make more money and spend as little as possible on the people that are already driving the cars (ie the people who they already have collected their money from) so they made this decision. You'll remember the outcry they started when it was first reported the fix would go to factories first to get production restarted.

        Toyota is about making money and profit first, not about the customer's safety. If this had been a domestic maker or a not so loved import brand, people would be outraged.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Tourian

        thats very well said....what the hell was that about to send the fix to production lines first.....pathetic
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