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Toyota Issues Voluntary Recall

Toyota is issuing two voluntary recalls on roughly 235,000 Lexus and Toyota models in the United States. The first recall pertains to about 133,000 Highlander Hybrid models from the 2006 to 2010 model year and Lexus RX 400h models from the 2006 to 2008 model year. Toyota says in a press release that “transistors within the hybrid system's inverter assembly can experience heat damage due to variations in characteristics of the transistors built in parallel circuits.” This ... continue reading»

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Could Ford Overtake Toyota in Total Hybrid Sales?

Ford C-Max Hybrid Since the early 2000s, Toyota has dominated the hybrid vehicle market, with a 71 percent market share last year, according to The Detroit News. However in the last year, Ford has introduced the all-new C-Max along with an electric version of the redesigned Ford Fusion, the Fusion Energi. The Detroit News says Ford Fusion hybrid sales (not including the Fusion Energi) beat out sales of the Toyota Camry hybrid in April. In particular, Fusion sales are high in the Los ... continue reading»

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Buying "American" Could Mean Buying Foreign

In a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 75 percent of those surveyed considered a product American if it was manufactured in the U.S. In the same survey released last week, 15 percent of those surveyed also named Ford as the most American company. "What many consumers don't know is that companies very traditionally seen as American, from GE to John Deere to Levi Strauss, outsource varying portions of their operations overseas, so it takes a lot of ... continue reading»

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NHTSA Fines Toyota a Record $17.35 Million

In June, Toyota recalled the 2010 Lexus RX 350 and 450h SUVs because the floor mat could get caught under the accelerator pedal and cause the vehicle to accelerate unintentionally. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that Toyota recalled those vehicles too late and is fining Toyota a record $17.35 million. According to federal law, automakers must “notify NHTSA within five business days of determining that a safety defect exists or that the vehicle is not in compliance ... continue reading»

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Toyota Voluntarily Recalls RAV4, Lexus HS 250h

Toyota is issuing a voluntarily recall of about 760,000 RAV4 models and about 18,000 Lexus HS 250h models over a concern regarding improper tightening of some rear suspension nuts. In a press release, Toyota says that some of the nuts on the rear suspension arm may not have been tightened to the proper torque specification. “If that's the case, excess wear could occur and pave the way for rust and separation, which in turn could cause an ... continue reading»

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