Toyota and a 6.4 Million Vehicle Recall

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It has been a couple of years since the last major recall that Toyota has been involved in but now they have found a variety of problems in 27 different models including certain years –  2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Tacoma, 2006-2008 RAV4 and 2006-2010 Yaris vehicles and also two GM models,  Pontiac Vibes and Subaru Trezias that were produced between 2004 and 2013 that they are recalling to correct.

The two models that are not actual Toyotas are created in the same plants as their Toyota look alikes – Matrix and Vitz.  The Matrix was recalled for the driver’s airbag module which is attached to a spiral cable assembly with electrical connections that could become damaged when the steering wheel is turned, but is NOT related to the GM recall for ignition switches (that one resulted in 13 deaths overall).

Apparently Toyota has found issues with seat rails, the steering wheel brackets, windshield wiper motors, and the cable attached to the air bag module.  The major Toyota models included are; the Corolla, RAV4, Matrix, Yaris, Highlander and Tacoma.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration never found defects when testing these Toyota vehicles and as of yet there have been no casualties related to the issues being recalled for.

I wonder though, how can you get all the way through putting a car together testings, inspections etc., without finding MULTIPLE defects? And they go so far back, 2004? It seems pretty crazy that they could have been missed for so long!



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