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16Toyota expands airbag recall to 2.27M vehicles worldwide [UPDATE]

Was your Toyota inspected under the company's recall campaign for faulty airbag inflators last year? You might have another trip ahead to have it repaired again. The automotive giant says that it found "the involved serial numbers provided by the supplier were incomplete, and did not include all of the potentially involved inflators," according to its official announcement. That means more replacements are needed.

146Toyota, Honda, Mazda and Nissan recall 3.4 million vehicles for faulty airbags

Most vehicle recalls that take place these days are a result of some problem that happens during the manufacturing process by the automaker, but as we see here, parts suppliers can also factor in to problematic safety issues. Automotive News is reporting that a total of 3.4 million vehicles produced by Japanese automakers between 2000 and 2004 are being recalled globally due to faulty airbags produced by an outside supplier, Takata Corp.

2Lexus rumored to replace SC430 with 500-hp LC600h hybrid super-coupe

Lexus SC430 Pebble Beach Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

37Lexus rumored to replace SC430 with 500-hp LC600h hybrid super-coupe

Lexus SC430 Pebble Beach Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

61Adios! Lexus SC430 to be euthanized in July

2009 Lexus SC430 Pebble Beach Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

34Rumormill: Lexus SC430 to end production in July with special edition "Eternal Jewel"

Much unloved by the automotive press and lately by consumers who haven't been buying them, the folding-hardtop Lexus SC430 is possibly ending its production run this July. To celebrate and honor the occasion, Lexus is releasing a special edition. Called "The Eternal Jewel," this special edition SC430 should be at Japanese domestic market Lexus dealers by March.

27REPORT: Lexus preparing soft-top SC430 successor

2009 Lexus SC430 Pebble Beach Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

70Lexus cancels next-gen SC, Toyota cancels next Avalon

Sales of the bulbous Lexus SC 430, one of the vehicles that kick-started the current hardtop convertible fad in the U.S., have slowed so significantly that Toyota's luxury brand has reportedly canceled its replacement. The four-place, V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive vehicle never fit well into any specific niche, as it boasted neither the sportiness of the ragtop Jaguar XK and Porsche 911, nor the snob appeal of the BMW 6 Series. Through the first six months of this year, Lexus sold only 1,230 SC's

44Consumer Reports ranks Porsche 911 best performance car

A while back, we had heard that there are a few dedicated car guys within the hallowed halls of Consumer Reports. At the time, we were a bit surprised, but now that they've rated the Porsche 911 as the "Top Ultra-Performance Car," their gear-head cred may have just been confirmed.

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