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U.S. intensifies investigation into Toyota Corolla stalling

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is intensifying its investigation into stalling Toyota Corolla models. According to the Associated Press, the agency has opened what it calls an engineering analysis into 1.8 million Corolla and Matrix models sold between 2005 and 2007. So far, NHTSA has received around 163 complaints about stal

Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #187

It's Monday afternoon and you know what that means. It's time to submit your questions for this week's podcast. We've got a list of topics to discuss below, starting with a supercar question to get our resident curmudgeon warmed up. Got a question for our intrepid team of podcasters? Now's the time to ask away. Don't forget to vote on which questions deserve our attention the most, though we'll try to get to as many as we can. Discussion topics for Autoblog Podcast #187, which we'll record tonig

Report: Toyota to fix over 700,000 RAV4 and Matrix models outside of recall

2009 Toyota Corolla XRS – Click above for high-res image gallery

BREAKING: WSJ says crash data points to pedal misapplication in Toyota sudden acceleration cases

After receiving more than 3,000 reports of sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation has concluded that driver error was actually at fault. According to The Wall Street Journal, investigators analyzing different data recorders from Toyota vehicles found that at the time of these sudde

TheDetroitBureau.com on Autoblog with Paul Eisenstein

Battered yet again by a series of embarrassing recalls, accusations of a cover-up and its collapse in a widely-watched quality survey, Toyota is taking an unusual step it hopes will bring things back under control.

Deep-Dive: Behind the scenes at Toyota's R&D center, Part Two

Behind the Scenes at Toyota's R&D Center – Click above for high-res image gallery

Deep-Dive: Behind the scenes at Toyota's R&D center, Part 1

Behind the scenes at Toyota's R&D center – Click above for high-res image gallery

Toyota to open six new product quality field offices

As part of its efforts to improve its responsiveness to customer complaints, Toyota is adding six new product quality field offices (PQFO) around North America starting this month. The new offices are to be co-located with Toyota Motor Sales regional offices and focus on investigating and addressing customer issues like reports of unintended acceleration.

UPDATED: What's really going on with Toyota's faulty valve springs [w/ video]

Failed Lexus IS350 valve spring – Click above for high-res image gallery

Report: Toyota fixed faulty steering arms for over a decade before recall

As investigations into how Toyota handled faulty steering relay rods in the company's pickup trucks and SUVs continue, critics suggest that it's quickly becoming clear that the company has mishandled repair and recall efforts. According to a USA Today article, Toyota had repaired vehicles with the defect for over 11 years

Video: What the recalled Lexus LS steering wheel defect looks like

2010 Lexus LS steering fault – Click above to watch video after the jump

Toyota Recalls: 3.2M down, 4.6M to go!

Somehow, we're guessing that the "any publicity is good publicity" cliche isn't ringing particularly true with Toyota these days. That said, we do have to give some props to the automaker for being open about the current state of its recent recall woes. According to Toyota, roughly 3.2 million of its many recall notices have been fulfilled.

U.S. and Japanese transportation officials meet, Toyota not the only topic

Japan Transport Minister Seiji Maehara stopped by Washington D.C. late last week to discuss several issues with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, including Toyota and the future of high speed rail here in the States. The Detroit News reports that Maehara admitted the Japanese automaker made some mistakes in handling its recall issues, adding "Toyota has on its own recogni

Study: BMW replaces Toyota as world's most valuable automaker

According to a report from Automotive News, BMW has managed to replace Toyota as the world's most valuable car marque, even though the German automaker saw its brand's worth decline last year. The article sites a study by Millward Brown called the BrandZ Top 100. On the heels of Toyota's recent recall troubles, the company's value declined by 27 percent to a shade under $21.8 billion. Me

DetNews: Toyota recalling Lexus GX to address rollover concern [*UPDATED*]

The moment Lexus GX owners have been waiting for since Consumer Reports first blacklisted the SUV last week has finally arrived – Toyota has recalled the vehicle. According to The Detroit News, the Japanese manufacturer will announce the move later this afternoon, and the recall is expected to cover around 5,000 vehicles currently on the road. As expected, <

Reuters: Unified Toyota lawsuits set in motion by judge

According to Reuters, a federal judge has consolidated the majority of lawsuits filed against Toyota involving unintended acceleration. Over 100 such suits have been bundled together by U.S. District Judge James Selna, and temporary lead counsel has been chosen for both sides of the case. Expect a star-studded cast to show up for

Report: Toyota exec in U.S. urged company to "come clean" on defects

On Monday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it was fining Toyota $16.4 million for failing to recall vehicles due to faulty accelerator pedals in a timely fashion. Toyota has two weeks to either contest or pay the fine, but an e-mail obtained by t

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