• Oct 12, 2010
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Toyota has recalled and fixed over five million cars. The entire Toyota and Lexus lineup will feature the company's new Smart-Stop brake override system for the 2011 model year. Yet the automaker still faces criticism that it builds unsafe vehicles. Will driving an unfixed Toyota lead to your death? Not likely.

According to The Detroit News, a panel of experts was recently dispatched to study the causes of sudden acceleration. In its research, the panel found that the current risk of dying in a traffic accident is rated at 1.05 deaths for every 100 million miles traveled. If you drive a Toyota that's part of the sticking pedal recall and hasn't been fixed, the rate rises modestly to 1.07 deaths. Statistically speaking, that's one Toyota recall-related death for every five billion miles of driving. Toyota has fixed over 60 percent of the vehicles in the recall and they don't appear to be slowing down.

We've heard many a borderline-hysterical comment from readers stating that they would rather walk than risk driving a vehicle made by Toyota. If you do that, statistics suggest you are 19 times more likely to die. Mile for mile, the risk of walking alongside the road is that much higher than driving on it. Just sayin'.



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[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm more afraid of being put to sleep by driving a Toyota.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a 2004 corolla right now. which seems to be the last year sold that can be modified easily and has the least amount of problems.

      The reason why i wont buy a toyota for my next car has nothing to do with the huge recalls.

      They dont have any interesting small AWD cars. In japan corollas even have awd but toyota doesnt want a good small awd car. I don't count the matrix in this because thats barely awd.

      So my not buying toyota for my next car has nothing to do with the recall. I bet its the car itself and not the recall why most people wont buy a toyota.

      PS I am heavily looking into either a subaru outback ,mitsubishi outlander sport, or nissan juke. I drive 25 miles each way to work and need to get to work when it snows
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota rav4? Toyota Land cruiser prado? Toyota caldina?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota doesn't own a controlling stake in Fuji Heavy. They might be the single largest shareholder, but at 17% they're pretty far from "controlling".
        • 4 Years Ago
        Buy a Subaru. Best AWD on the road. i work for Toyota!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Interesting that you mention all this... because I am in the same boat. I own a 2004 Corolla as well and completely feel the same way about not buying another Toyota. I am hoping to wait it out a 2 or 3 more years and possibly buy a product of similar size that gets as good or better mileage. Bring on the Diesel's! Please!
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about the chances of one plowing into me on my motorcycle instead?

      I think I have a greater chance being killed by one of the hundreds inattentive Camry or Prius drivers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't feel very safe riding at the speed limit on freeways. When you are riding at the same pace as cars, they don't tend to notice you as when you are going slightly faster.
        • 4 Years Ago
        savagemike, i don't think it's a fact.
        ...but look at the demographic that are attracted to priuses and camrys...not you typical enthusiast. sure, it's hyperbole but that doesn't mean it won't be true
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's not some much the fear of dying while driving a Toyota.....it's all the cover-ups, shady business, and complete and utter disregard for their customers!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow...

      Am I the only one see how dumb this post is ? People need to get off Toyota already jesus... ride the horse as long as you can huh
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess the under the table payment just arrived from Toyota. What is the reason for schilling for Toyota Autoblog? I don't see you doing this with any other car maker. More than anything, people hate Toyota for going to great lengths to lie to them. All of their efforts so far have been aimed at fixing problems they swept under the rug years ago. People may use the safety argument, but its the act of being lied to and made a fool of that people do not like.

      Toyota has proved that they are no different from any other car producer. Toyota was supposed to be the best. They turned out to be one of the worst.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Alright, get over yourself. People die in EVERY make of car. If 4 people die in a Toyota every day as someone concluded from the statistics given, I can assure you more people die in a GM vehicle every day. Toyota's recall woes were created by driver error, and when filing a report to the NHTSA you dont even need any form of identification. Not a very reliable source. Point being, anyone who feels insecure driving in a Toyota, is just to dumb for a Toyota.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How was their lying detrimental? It was established that pedal entrapment was caused by customers putting the wrong floormats in their cars, but Toyota still issued a recall instead of being honest and saying customers are stupid. The Audi case and those preliminary findings establish that UA is driver error, but Toyota still went and issued a recall (most likely as a placebo) and had to start implementing brake override (which, by the way, is completely useless if your foot is on the wrong freaking pedal which is generally the case unintended acceleration, therefore making brake override a waste of money and weight) instead of being honest and saying customers need to learn to drive.

        Best way to fix all these problems before some other automaker becomes the victim of consumer stupidity? Force customers to read the damn instructions and make learning stickshift part of getting a license.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota lied about everything from sticking pedals to rotting out frames. The only stupid person is you for allowing yourself to be a fanboi with Rose Colored Glasses as the suck the cash out of your wallet and laugh all the way to bank. They are a lying corporation that produces inferior products since about 2003. In the 90s, they had produces a superior vehicle. Not anymore. They wanted to match GM and they became GM. Keep hoping for the glory days while Hyundai leaves you in the dust.

        • 4 Years Ago
        The reason is rather obvious. The whole Toyota ordeal and the way it was handled by the general public in USA has put a spotlight on that old and beaten to death stereotype: that Americans are generally stupid. While this is just a stereotype, I'd understand that for an unprepared observer it might have appeared to be a proven fact. And it is great that Autoblog makes a deliberate effort to demonstrate that not everyone in the USA is a hopeless idiot. Thank you for your prominent display of intelligence, Autoblog.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They do it for Hyundai all the time. Do you complain then?
      • 4 Years Ago
      you must work for toyota..you say your chance of getting killed is slim but would you like to be the one that gets killed???????????
      • 4 Years Ago
      This just goes to show that the media circus carried the day. All of the expense and trouble to fix millions of cars, and for what? If they're sued for anything, Toyota should be sued for putting customers through all that trouble, which by the way simply fueled perceptions that their cars were unsafe. Still, they probably didn't have a choice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd rather walk than drive certain Toyotas but that has nothing to do with possibility of unintended acceleration.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Death traps by Toyota
      • 4 Years Ago
      The fact is, Toyota is a Japanese company, yes, even with the plants we allow them to build in the good ole USA. Therefore, why support Japan with our dollars? American cars are just as good as foreign, and in many cases now, better. Therefore, support the USA and buy American while you still can. Its one of the few choices left to support our engineering, manufacturing, and distribution channels right here....and, the almighty American dollar remains here!!! Go Chrysler, Ford, and GM...c ya Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Scion, etc...
      • 4 Years Ago
      What would be interesting to know is the proportion those hysterical types are divided into a) those who get paid for posting that garbage, and b) those who are simply morons.
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