More bad news for Toyota. The automaker is now recalling 270,000 more vehicles that were made between July 2005 and August 2008 over defective engine valve springs that could cause an auto that is in motion to stall. 138,000 of the vehicles affected by the recall are in the US.
Recalled autos include Lexus models LS600hL, LS600h, LS460, IS350, GS460,
GS450h, and GS350 and Crown models. Officials say that a foreign substance
that was introduced during the valve spring manufacturing process caused
Some 200 complaints naming this defect have been submitted to Toyota.
No related car accidents have been reported. Toyota says it will replace
the faulty valve springs.
Toyota also just recently recalled 17,000 Lexus luxury hybrids after tests
demonstrated that fuel can spill out during a rear-end car crash. A National
Traffic Highway Safety Administration contractor conducted the test. Toyota’s
own testing did not reveal any spillage, but the automaker says it is
recalling the vehicle while it tries to replicate the government’s
In just 9 months, the automaker has had to recall over 8.5 million autos
because of different safety concerns. Plaintiffs have filed over 200 auto
products liability lawsuits seeking damages for personal injuries and
Physical injuries and deaths are not the only catastrophic damages that
may have been sustained by the victims of Toyota’s auto defects.
For example, Koua Fong Lee was convicted in 2007 of criminal vehicular
homicide in the rear-end Minnesota car crash that killed three people.
He was sentenced to an 8-year prison sentence.
The 32-year-old driver always said he tried to prevent the tragic accident
by stepping on the brakes of his 1996 Toyota Camry, which accelerated
to speeds as high as 91 mph. However, Lee says his vehicle would not stop.
Although the car he was driving is not one of the vehicles that Toyota
has recalled to date, Lee is just one of a number of drivers of passengers
with 1996 Camrys and other vehicles that haven’t been recalled yet
that have said they’ve also experienced Toyota sudden acceleration
problems—an auto defect that has led to numerous injuries and death.
Toyota to recall 138,000 Lexus vehicles in US to fix faulty engines that
can stall in motion, Los Angeles Times, July 2, 2010
Toyota recalls Lexus hybrid for fuel spills, MSNBC, June 25, 2010
Man who crashed Toyota moves one step closer to new trial, Twin Cities,
July 7, 2010
Related Web Resources:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Toyota Motor Corporation