In an earlier article on my blog, about Toyota’s reputation due to recalls and thefts, there was a perception that Toyota’s quality image was suffering it is drive to increase sales volume and overtake GM.
A news item published in the Toronto Star on Jan 22, 2010, talks about another 2.3 Million Toyota vehicles in the US and an undisclosed number in Canada that are being recalled in addition to the ones recalled last year, including some models for 2009 and 2010 or even earlier of the Rav4, Corolla, Matrix, Avalon, Camry, Highlander, Tundra and Sequoia. This situation has to do with the accelerator pedal getting stuck but not due to the floor mat problem. that was previously published. This time, the gas pedal itself can be come stuck, supposedly due to a build up of condensation.
4 Deaths in an Avalon in Texas being investigated.
The article says that a Toyota spokesperson couldn’t say if the company was aware of any injuries or deaths related to the gas pedal problem. Sadly, I am aware a situation where an accident involving a Toyota Avalon is being investigated to determine if the gas pedal problem was a factor in the death of 4 people, one of whom was a business associate of mine at IBM. See this article. It includes a video and references to the investigation still ongoing.The floor mats were not a factor in the accident as they were found in the trunk of the Avalon. But the new recall reopens the whole case of a stuck accelerator pedal again.
Video of Tundra Rust Problems.
There is also a video I found on the Tundra rust problems, that were part of the recall late last year. This is scary as there may still be trucks on the road with this problem.
What is your opinion on Toyota quality reputation?