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Report: Toyota's event data recorders have a history of problems

According to a report in The Washington Post, the event data recorders the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration used to investigate claims of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles have a history of problems. In one incident, a Toyota pickup that struck a tree in a single car accident was recorded as going 177 mph – far faster than any Zach Bowman

Toyota quality chief: "I still think our electronic throttle system is perfect."

For years, Toyota was seen as an infallible, safe choice for consumers seeking high-quality, reliable and safe vehicles. That may still be the case, but recent events have made it abundantly clear that Toyota is as capable of making major mistakes as any other giant automaker.

Report: Toyota was aware of unintended acceleration claims by 2003, says lawsuit

According to The Washington Post, attorneys working on a class-action lawsuit against Toyota claim that the company has known about issues of unintended acceleration in its vehicles since as early as 2003. The lawyers have reportedly discovered a field report written seven years ago by a technician that outlined an instance of unintended acceleration. The report allegedly called for immediate action due to how dangerous the problem cou

Autoblog gets seat and simulation time with Toyota's newest safety technology [w/video]

Inside Toyota's Higashi-Fuji tech center – Click above for high-res image gallery

Followup: Toyota 'strongly objects' to NHTSA allegations it planted story in WSJ

Toyota has officially spoken out against allegations that it planted a story in The Wall Street Journal that attributed the majority of the company's unintended acceleration woes to driver error rather than entrapped floor mats or faulty software. The Japanese company's American arm emailed a statement to Just-Auto saying that no one within Toyota has any access to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's research, and that no one in the government agency had

Followup: Toyota says "We're not implying that everything is driver error, absolutely not."

That's the word from Toyota spokesperson Mike Michels on the automaker's investigation of some 2,000 vehicles reported to suffer from unintended acceleration.

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.

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

Toyota promotes Star Safety System with new ad campaign [w/video]

Toyota's Star Safety System campaign – Click above to watch videos after the jump

NHTSA claims Toyota unintended acceleration may have claimed 89 lives

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now estimating that 89 deaths may be attributable to unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles here in the United States between the year 2000 and May of 2009. Previously, it was reported that 52 deaths were possibly related to the throttle defect.

Toyota president Lentz updates feds on recall and safety progress

Jim Lentz, President and Chief Operating Officer of Toyota in North America has taken some time to update Congress on the company's progress as the company sallies forth through a mountain of recalls. Lentz says that around 3.5 million fixes have been executed so far, including 1.67 million sticky accelerator pedals, 1.62 million floor mats and 118,000 anti-l

Report: 100 cases of death possibly caused by Toyota unintended acceleration

The Los Angeles Times scoured public records and discovered that the number of deaths possibly linked to Toyota's unintended acceleration issue could top more than 100 – twice the amount previously reported earlier this year.

Toyota reportedly knew about unintended acceleration issues caused by electronics in 2002

Throughout all of the recent Toyota recall talk, the automaker has stated on numerous occasions that it has never found any sort of electronic defect that would cause unintended acceleration. Instead, Toyota insists that only floor mats and sticky accelerator pedals were to blame for the problems that owners have cited in recent months.

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