Toyota Repeats Vehicle Recall

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More than a year after Toyota Motor Corporation (TM) recalled 780K vehicles to fix a problem in the rear tie rod, the company has recalled the vehicles again after reports that the problem remains, reported The New York Times. The company had recalled 18K 2010 Lexus HS 250h autos and 760K Toyota RAV4 SUV of model years 2006 to 2011 in Aug 2012, following several complaints.

Inspections by Toyota and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that the nuts on the rear suspension arms were not fixed firmly, which could lead to corrosion and cause the arms to separate. While Toyota believed that the problem had been solved after the recall, some dealers reported otherwise.

As a result, Toyota is recalling the vehicles to attempt to fix the problem in a different way. However, due to shortage of the required parts, the company expects to complete the repair work by Feb 2014.

While vehicle recalls are very common among automakers, a second recall for the same problem might affect consumers’ confidence in Toyota. The company is already plagued with several product recalls.

Recently, Toyota recalled 369,000 vehicles worldwide, including about 235,000 in the U.S., roughly 74,000 in Japan and 37,500 in Europe to fix a hybrid-system problem. The SUV transistors get overheated in the hybrid system, which makes the vehicle halt abruptly.

Toyotais also recalling 169,000 vehicles including Lexus IS 350, IS 350C and GS 350 made between 2006 and 2011, to repair an engine bolt defect. These vehicles also face the problem of halting suddenly as bolts get loose in the variable valve timing control device.

Automotive safety recalls were brought into focus by media after Toyota’s announcement of the largest global recall of 3.8 million vehicles in Sep 2009, triggered by a high-speed crash that claimed 4 lives. Later on, Toyota had to face wrongful death lawsuits in federal courts, hampering its image.

Many peers are also facing the same problem. In Aug 2013, Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., the Chinese arm of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (HMC), announced that it is recalling all Siwei CR-V vehicles manufactured from Mar 2, 2010, to Aug 30, 2012. The recall is being made to fix a defective front shock absorber piston rod. Honda is recalling almost 408,000 SUVs.

Recently, Ford Motor Co. (F) also announced that it is recalling Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car sedans manufactured from 2005 to 2011. The automaker is recalling 370,000 vehicles in the U.S and Canada to replace a steering shaft.

General Motors Co. (GM) also recently recalled the diesel version of Chevrolet Sail. The automaker is recalling 4,000 vehicles in India to fix a faulty engine part.

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