CategoryToyota Corolla

Does Toyota Plan on Not Importing Any Vehicles From Japan?

2012 Toyota Camry SE Sport Limited Edition

2012 Toyota Camry SE Sport Limited Edition

Yes, you read that right…according to one top Toyota executive, Toyota is considering ending importing vehicles from Japan, where their corporate headquarters are located.

“Somewhere down the road” it’s possible, said Bill Fay, vice president and general manager of Toyota division. He did state that Toyota is not currently looking into ceasing importing their other brands, such as Lexus.

Currently, there’s about a 70/30% split of the number of vehicles produced here in North America, versus those that are imported. Toyota is looking to expand on that 70%, eventually selling all of their vehicles locally produced here. The reasons are twofold…the strengthening of the yen versus of the American dollar, as well as a shortage of young workers to replace the those that will eventually reach retirement. Here in America, Toyota have begun co-op education initiatives to attract more young workers.

Moreover, there has been momentum building that people are paying more attention to where the products that they purchase come from. Toyota has gone as far to tout that many of their mainstream vehicles are produced in America, like the Camry (Georgetown, Kentucky), Avalon (Georgetown), and the Tundra (San Antonio, Texas). In regards to the Toyota Corolla, they’re looking to move all of their production to both of the NA plants in Cambridge, Ontario, and Blue Springs, Mississippi. In all, Toyota produces nine vehicles here, including Venza (Georgetown), Highlander and Sienna (Gibson County, Indiana), and Tacoma (San Antonio).

The next logical step after moving all of their production here, would be to move their corporate headquarters here as well. Given the recent management shakeup at the highest level, it’s very possible that it could happen. So the question remains…if everything gets moved here, will Toyota be considered an American company?

 

Source: Detroit Free Press

 

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Toyota Recall: Over 752,000 Corollas, Corolla Matrixes, and Lexus IS Saloons Are Going Back For Bad Airbags

2003 Toyota Corolla

2003 Toyota Corolla

Even though we’re barely into the new year, the latest Toyota recall is already coming out with a bang, and looks to be the biggest one this year! More specifically, they are recalling over 752,000 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix and Lexus IS saloons in the United States, as well as various other vehicles in Japan, Mexico, and Canada that have airbags that could improperly inflate. The vehicles affected were built between December 2001 through May 2004.

Speaking of our neighbours to the north, over 141,000 vehicles are being recalled in Canada as well.

2006 Lexus IS 250

2006 Lexus IS 250

In a separate recall, over 270,000 Lexus IS saloons that were built from 2000 to 2006 are being recalled to check for a loose nut on the front wipers. According to Toyota, if the wipers encounter a heavy load, the loose nut could cause it to fail under pressure. So for instance, if you’re trying to clear the snow from your windshield, you may not be able to activate your wipers. At all. The recall also affect IS owners in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and China.

Back to the Corolla/Matrix recall…more specifically, the airbag control module for the supplemental restraint system (SRS)  in the vehicles may have been manufactured with faulty circuit boards. Since we’re talking about Toyota, that probability is pretty high. If it were to malfunction, it could cause a short, causing a buildup of heat or potentially causing the airbags or seat belt pretensioners to deploy when there hasn’t been a crash. Although this is a fairly common thing, this generally occurs with side airbags. If both airbags were to deploy while the vehicle is in motion, ironically, it could increase the risk of the driver and passengers being involved in a crash. According to Toyota, the air bags could inadvertently inflate whenever the signals damage a chip in the part that controls the air bags. The recall will focus on repairing the part, so that it can block the signals.

Thus far, two crashes have been reported in the United States, but the Japanese automaker has not been able to confirmed as wo whether or not it was due to the faulty airbags. They have confirmed that there have been 18 reports of drivers suffering from abrasion-type injuries as a result of the airbags deploying. Whenever I was involved in an accident last summer, I suffered burns and abrasions on my forearms…the scars are almost faded to the point that you can barely tell that they are there.

As always, look for a letter from Toyota that will advise you to take your vehicle to the dealership. As soon as you receive the letter, contact the dealer so that your issues can get squared away as soon as possible. Will this be the last major Toyota recall? History says otherwise…stay tuned…

Article Source: USA Today

 

 

Loving Beige

By Harvey Duncan

We need beige.  It’s not that I like driving down the street and seeing every damned building in the same generally bland tone—I hate that!  But in cars, we need it.  Why?  It’s a necessary evil.  How would we know what “good” is without evil?  We need a benchmark for boring so we can recognize the exciting.

Bring us the Camry LE in Metallic Beige!  Hand us the four-cylinder Accord in silver!  Let us marvel at the mundane lack of passion in the Corolla!  Because without these shamelessly ubiquitous snoozemobiles, why would we find the wonders of exhaust notes and great feel to be alluring?

Lest we forget, though, that these cars aren’t as bad as they could be.  They still have splashes of silver and chrome, nicely detailed subtleties in the lighting fixtures, and performance that put some hot-hatches of the 1970’s and 1980’s to cower in the corner.  These milquetoast machines, then, are awesome.  Not in the usual definition of awesome, but in the reality of the increasingly overused cliché.

Like the word “awesome” and “epic,” these once lauded name plates and acceleration numbers have become stale.  Some 10 years ago, the interior and exterior designs and colors of these vehicles would have been staggering class must-haves.  The engines, likewise, would have been praised and gushed about.  But because we’ve progressed to the point where VVTi on both camshafts, and silver center-stacks have long been the norm, these cars are the equivalent of the missionary position with your two-decade spouse.

To restate, we need beige because it is awesome and epic– something that is oh-so overused that no amount of skimming a thesaurus will make it any more or less appealing.  The lesson here is to understand that if everyone is using it, no matter whether it is meant to singe your nethers or not, it loses the flavor.  Mazda may have a good machine to drive in the Mazda3, but is it really the knock-out it was when it was first introduced?

It may be high time to look at what enthusiasts are looking at as the hot-ticket or poster-car in their head, because they will soon realize that same machine will become a hum-drum that isn’t going to be timeless or cool in a decade, yet the older ones that were more basic, more pure, are the ones more lusted for.  To hell with the ’12 STi, and all hail the 2002 WRX!  The old Rex was a much bigger deal.  Slower?  Sure.  More cramped?  You bet.  Cheap and black inside?  Damn straight.  But it was the primordial-ooze for the turbo beasts out today, when once it was ruled by only the 1.8L turbo GTi.

Same old-same-old as a new hot-car is the same as buying a Camry in “sand with tan interior,” just as wearing the same hat, belt, and shirt as the next guy is no less beige because it’s just fitting in with the trends of what is acceptable.

(Editor’s Note: we here at TDWU have the honour of Harvey allowing us to syndicate his article. You can find him on his site, Manually Shifted Soul. Check it out!)

Toyota Recall: Over 2 Million Toyotas Recalled For Possible Fire Hazard

2007 Toyota Yaris

2007 Toyota Yaris…Menace to Society?

Due to the conclusive findings of the NHTSA, Toyota Motor Company has announced another massive Toyota recall that concerns the driver’s side power window master switch. More specifically, it could develop a “notching or sticky feel” to it, and if customers and/or technicians attempt to repair this themselves, then this may increase the risk of the master switch catching on fire.

Believe it or not, this is a somewhat common issue with some vehicles, but usually it’s contained to a specific model or two. However, several Toyota models are affected, including over one million Camry and Camry Hybrids, approximately 270,900 Corollas, and 336,400 RAV4s. Also affected are the Tundra, Yaris, Scion xA and xD, Sequoia, and the Matrix (counted separately from the Corolla). As always, Toyota will repair or replace the defective part, free of charge. This accounts to the biggest Toyota recall this year…so far.

If one of your vehicles is affected, look for a notification in the mail in the next few weeks. For more details, skip to the official press release below.

Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain Vehicles For The Driver’s Side Power Window Master Switch

TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 10, 2012 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS), today announced that it will conduct a safety recall involving approximately 2.5 million vehicles to inspect and apply special fluorine grease to the driver’s side Power Window Master Switch (PWMS). The vehicles involved include:

• 2007 to 2008 Yaris (approx. 110,300)
• 2007 to 2009 RAV4 (approx. 336,400)
• 2007 to 2009 Tundra (approx. 337,100)
• 2007 to 2009 Camry (approx. 938,100)
• 2007 to 2009 Camry Hybrid (approx. 116,800)
• 2008 to 2009 Scion xD (approx. 34,400)
• 2008 to 2009 Scion xA (approx. 77,500)
• 2008 to 2009 Sequoia (approx. 38,500)
• 2008 Highlander (approx. 135,400)
• 2008 Highlander Hybrid (approx. 23,200)
• 2009 Corolla (approx. 270,900)
• 2009 Matrix (approx. 53,800)

The driver’s side PWMS may experience a “notchy” or sticky feel during operation. If commercially available lubricants are applied to the switch in an attempt to address the “notchy” or sticky feel, melting of the switch assembly or smoke could occur and lead to a fire under some circumstances.

The “notchy” or sticky feel may be caused by an uneven application of the grease during the switch assembly process at the supplier. If the grease is not applied evenly, frequent use of the switch and normal operation may cause the grease to become carbonized and may eventually result in the deterioration of its lubricating properties.

The recall remedy will involve an inspection, switch disassembly, and application of special fluorine grease. The switch inspection and repair will be performed at no charge to the vehicle owner.

Owners of vehicles covered by this safety recall will receive an owner notification letter via first class mail starting in late October 2012. The repair will take approximately one hour depending on the dealer’s work schedule.

Today’s announcement is for U.S. market vehicles only. No other Toyota, Lexus, or Scion vehicles are involved. We are not aware of any vehicle crashes for this condition.

Detailed information is available to customers at Toyota and the Toyota Customer Experience at 1-800-331-4331.

News Source: Autoblog

Return to Greatness: Part I (Mostly About the Toyota Corolla)

(Editor’s Note: this is a special multi-part series from one of our authors here at Toyota Deathwatch Updates, Topheezy. You can also check him out at RedChocoboTrend.)
2004 Toyotafest
They more or less started the drifting scene, and they didn’t even use a sports car to do it. At one point they did have three sports cars, and they weren’t afraid of forced induction.
Looking at Toyota’s lineup today is more than a little depressing. Hybridization has replaced forced induction as a means to make more power and feed driver’s desires to be “green.”
like Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Mitsubishi and to an extent, Nissan, Toyota has fallen from grace in the enthusiast community. They may be vying for the number one position in sales, but in fun, they’re vying for dead last.
In the ’90s, the Supra was so overbuilt that 800 horsepower on stock internals is not unheard of. Today, Toyota and Subaru build a car together that is so underbuilt, that increasing its horsepower by 50 percent would be detrimental to the engine and transmission. That hypothetical 50 percent increase would represent a horsepower number less than the stock horsepower of the aforementioned Supra.
Clearly, Toyota has forgotten the diminutive little textile maker, turned compact car maker that took America’s roads by storm with daring and rugged little cars.
They can return to greatness, without losing their place at the top of the sales pack.
Let’s start with a little simplification. Unlike Honda’s relationship with Acura, Toyota and Lexus have a symbiotic relationship. That said, Scion is a parasite to Toyota’s success. When Scion started, they had a good idea. They were edgy and quirky, peppering the roads with boxy little toasters. Without the original xB, Kia’s Soul and Nissan’s Cube wouldn’t exist. Then what did Toyota do? They softened and bloated it. The idea of Scion was good, but it’s time to die.
With the removal of Scion, both Toyota and Lexus have room to come into their own. Toyota is on the right track with the new Yaris, but needs a sport version. Put it through the skunk works. It would make a great little hot hatch with proper suspension, engine, and transmission upgrades.
The Toyota Corolla is another story. Not only is it ugly, it’s slow, sloppy, and overall, a ghastly excuse for a car. Before the current model came out, Toyota said it would be a 150 horsepower 2.0 liter. Instead we got a Daihatsu 1.8 that inspires nothing but deep sleep. The car that single-handedly created the drift scene wore the name Corolla in the US. I’m not saying it needs to go rear drive, but the car that exists right now needs to go away. Forever. I once owned a ’91 Corolla. It was a little tank. It could have driven clean through the bulbous plastic Corolla we have now. The small car market is extremely competitive, and Toyota has brought a a toothpick to a gunfight. Stop it Toyota. Just stop. I’ll go more into detail about what the Toyota Corolla needs to get back into relevancy at a later date. That’s a full column in and of itself.
Speaking of cars I have owned, my current car is a six-speed Honda Accord. Honda has fallen out of grace with enthusiasts in its own respects, but at least their mainstay cars have a bit of sportiness available. The last generation of Camry was the final Camry to be available with a manual transmission. The last time a V6 Camry was available with a manual transmission was over 10 years ago. A mainstream auto maker’s willingness to build cars with manual transmissions is admirable in a time when most people see them as antiquated and clumsy. Toyota is losing a lot of sales to young men like myself who like a mainstream car with a wild side. I know I’m not alone in thinking that the new Camry is much more promising than previous versions. It has a powerful V6 and an attractive and comfortable interior. So close, yet so far away. A little chassis tuning and reinforcement, and a manual transmission would turn the Camry into a real winner.
Toyota is in the process of releasing a new Avalon. They’ve decided to grace it with a carp’s mouth. Whoever thought that was a good idea needs to die a Samurai’s death. Again, there’s promise. It could be a genuine competitor to Impala, Taurus, and the like, but we all know it will have novacaine steering, the body control of the Titanic, and it will smell of Bengay and old shoe polish.
These four cars represent Toyota’s greatest potential, and their greatest failure. Part II will focus on the chassis, engine, and transmission development needed for Toyota to start to gain the enthusiast attention once again. Stay tuned.

1996 Toyota Corolla or a Modern-Day Corolla…Which One was Class Competitive (or, Why Does the Corolla Suck Now)?

2005 Toyota Corolla

2005 Toyota Corolla

I know that this flies in the face of millions of content (notice I did not say satisfied) owners, and hundreds of thousands of owners that are added each year. Every time I see one on the road, especially one that was just bought, I think to myself, “did they purposely not research any other vehicle on the market”? Or “they must have just landed in this country from (pick your favourite place)”…or better yet, “they’ve given up on their hopes and dreams, and now they’ll be driving around in this piece of crap, counting the days until they die”.

Or something like that.

But, for the sake of argument, let’s try to figure out why they’re throwing away their hard-earned money now:

The reputation: For many years, they did build a very good, yet basic compact car…with General Motors at their joint NUMMI plant in California (the 1996 Toyota Corolla was the last of the seventh generation Corolla…save for a lighter engine, it was all downhill after that). Ever noticed a Geo/Chevrolet Prizm? Yep, same car. Different badging. Just don’t tell Consumer Reports…

Your eyes are not deceiving you…that is the clone to the 1996 Toyota Corolla…the 1996 Geo Prizm. Apparently, according to Consumer Reports, the Geo badges make it worse than the Corolla. Go figure…

They want good, basic transportation: The best cars in the world are the simplest…ones with as few moving parts as possible. The more base models have less stuff, but that’s less stuff to break down. Food for thought.

They’re completely clueless about cars: I know, I know…most people aren’t car enthusiasts. I get that. Given the number of car buddies that I have, the non-car people that I know easily outweighs them by at least a factor of 20 to 1. I have to constantly remind myself that whenever I talk to most people. Who get their car facts wrong. Almost every time.

These are all good reasons why, and the Toyota Corolla was at one time a great car (I would still recommend the car pictured above), but something happened along the way…Toyota stopped caring (re: stopped pumping more dollars into making it better), and the rest of the industry feverishly worked at coming out with some home runs, which most of them did. Ironically, they weren’t aiming for the Corolla…they were aiming for its chief rival, the Honda Civic. Another car that’s been left to die on the vine. Ok, maybe not “die on the vine”, but the latest redesign was a gamble that came up snake eyes. They thought that in today’s economy, people wanted decontented vehicles. Nevermind that those same people were coming out of their ginormous trucks and SUVs, and into cars by force, not choice. Those people wanted, and still want today, the same features that their more upscale previous vehicles had. Toyota and Honda did not get that memo…fortunately, everyone else did.

Ok, maybe Mitsubishi’s fax machine got jammed and didn’t get it either. Seriously, they don’t get it period. I predict that they’ll be gone from the States within five years. New engines (I’m looking at you Lancer), bringing over the Colt/Mirage, and the i series taking off are their best bets.

2010 Mitsubishi Galant

Only car less class competitive than the Corolla…2010 Mitsubishi Galant

So, back to the offender in question…so why does is suck so bad nowadays? Let’s run down the list:

Four-speed automatic transmission: that’s right, the Toyota Corolla comes with a four-speed automatic transmission…in the world of six-speed automatic and manual transmissions, this one is woefully outdated. Extra gears means that the engine will turn over at a lower RPM, thus reducing wear and tear on it, and increasing the fuel economy. Who knew that a transmission could save you money?

Cheap interior materials: This is perhaps the biggest issue with the Corolla. While its competitors have soft-touch materials, double-stitched leather, and cushions in all the right places, the Corolla has materials that were on par…back in the late 90′s. Not a bad place to be…wait, yes, yes it is. 99% of these cars are daily drivers, used to commute to work and school…shouldn’t that time spent be enjoyable to the eye and to the touch?

Bland, hard materials...what a Toyota Corolla interior is all about...

Bland, hard materials…what a Toyota Corolla interior is all about…

Weak engine: Most competitors nowadays enjoy the latest technologies to squeeze the most horsepower and fuel economy out of them, as well as delivering a healthy dose of low-end torque. Morever, there are a plethora of engines available…gas (or petrol), diesel (VW Golf), or hybrids. Even the $34,000 Lexus Corolla…oops, I mean the HS250h is a hybrid. Granted, you’ll have to pay an extra 20 grand for the engine, some leather, and the Lexus badge, but…isn’t a “status symbol” really worth it? 132 hp doesn’t cut it nowadays…140 hp barely gets your foot in the door. Or in this case, barely gets you on the highway.

Fuel economy: Not only does it have a weak engine and outdated transmission…but, yeah, you guess it, it all adds up to substandard fuel economy. Officially, it rates at an EPA-estimated 27 city, 34 highway…but like everything else, you’ve got to hit the magic number just to be a contender. In this case, the magic number is 40. As in, 40 miles to the gallon on the highway. It is what sells cars. Why? Because fuel economy is what people care about the most. More is better.

Typical atrocious Toyota design: Looks are subjective, I will give you that…but come on, this doesn’t even have a face that a mother would love! More like, a mother would slap. I don’t understand what’s going in the design studios (or what they’re smoking), but the whole “Pokemon”-inspired styling has to go. Speaking of styling…

No major updates to the vehicle: This is the equivalent of slapping lipstick on a pig. Changing the front and rear fascias on a car is a quick, easy, and most of all, cheap way to freshen the look. Too bad that doesn’t extend to the interior, or the major mechanical components. Or really, anywhere else on the car. Also, it’s fugly, and continues to get that way over time…kinda like the cute nerdy girl in high school that’s all grown up and is now referred to as “Roller Pig”. Just like a moped, you don’t want to be caught riding around in it.

Having to pay for a digital clock: that’s right, you have to pay for a crappy digital clock that probably cost about 10 cents to make and install. Thank Gulf States Toyota for ripping you off…not to mention the other crap that they throw on there that you don’t want. Also, the radio washes out in the sun, especially if you’re wearing polarised sunglasses…which you should be wearing whilst the sun is out. Good luck trying to guess what the volume is, or what track your CD is on, or what radio station you’re trying to tune into…safety hazard much?

2005 Toyota Corolla Crappy Digital Clock

See that digital clock nestled in the A/C controls section? Yeah, you have to pay extra for that.

Crappy warranty: sure, now Toyota decides to save face in the midst of Acceleratorgate and throws in a pathetic 2/24K basic maintenance plan…which covers a few oil changes…and that’s about it. What about the basic bumper-to-bumper warranty. 3 years, or 36,000 miles? I’ll do that in 2 years. No thanks, Hyundai/Kia offers a better bumper-to-bumper warranty, powertrain warranty, and even a warranty on the tyres. When it comes to warranties, few in the game can match them.

Atrocious dealership experience: Toyota’s not going to win any J.D Power and Associate awards for Best Dealership Experience. In fact, some years ago, they assembled a department that was meant to address this very concern. What happened? The dealers scoffed at the idea of treating their customers like actual human beings, grateful that they chose to spend their hard-earned money with them. Apparently they think that they sell Bentleys or something…which by the way, you will get a better dealership experience at.

Subject to major recalls: As I stated in a previous article, it’s been subject to a lot of recalls, and major ones at that. Things that could endanger the lives of yourself, and more importantly, the lives of your passengers. They could be your friends, your family…your loved ones. Why would you put people that you love at risk?

In conclusion, there are better choices out there. Most are more sporty, some are more luxurious. Do yourself a favour and check them out. Test drive as many vehicles in its class as possible. You’ll be glad that you did.

Toyota, Toyota, Where Art Thou, Toyota?

I’m on the first vacation I have taken in over a year. One of my friends in Oregon is getting married, and I thought it would be a good chance to come up to see some friends and family.

My dad’s girlfriend (hurry up and get married so I can just say “step-mom”!) has been gracious enough to allow me to borrow a ’97 Toyota Avalon that spends most of its life in a garage. The car belonged to her son, who now works in New York City.

Personally, I have owned 3 Toyotas, and have been quite fond of all three. The first was a ’96 Camry. I had kind of a love/hate relationship with that car. It was well screwed together and the materials were above average for the period, but the steering was eerily lifeless, the throttle response was non-existent, and the suspension would float on the highway, but crash over cracks in the road.

1996 Toyota Camry

1996 Toyota Camry (Stock Photo)

The second Toyota was a ’91 Corolla. It earned the name “champ” not long after I got it, for its ability to take heavy abuse without any complaint. I once ran over a PVC pipe about 8 inches in diameter, which had been put across the road by some hoodlums. The car bottomed out. It sounded like a grenade had gone off under it. It did exactly no damage. No crushed exhaust, no damage to the subframe, no dents, no scratches, nothing.

1991 Toyota Corolla

1991 Toyota Corolla

The next Toyota was a 4Runner; the rather unpopular ’03 model. Despite its unpopularity, the ’03-’09 is the best version. Mine had the V8. I bought it with over 150,000 miles, against parental recommendation, and had it for just over a year with no issues of note. It was smooth and powerful, accelerating with authority. Step on the gas and it would rear up, snort and charge forward embarrassing many a Mustang V6, and even an automatic V8. (I once made mention of this on the comments section of a video on YouTube. That was a mistake.)

2003 Toyota 4Runner

2003 Toyota 4Runner (Stock Photo)

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Is Sen. Chuck Grassley Getting Involved in One of Toyota’s Biggest Recalls?

Sen. Chuck Grassley

Sen. Chuck Grassley

From the looks of things, it appears to be the case…and it might be the first time in a long time that a politician is looking out for the general public, especially a Republican. Who knew?

More specifically, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has formally requested the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to reopen the investigation that eventually led to over eight million vehicles being recalled, one of Toyota’s biggest recalls ever (and set a record number of recalls from an automaker). Sen. Grassley stated that the purpose of the request was because “key questions about the cause of unintended acceleration remain unanswered”, per a letter written to the NHTSA Director David Strickland. Sen. Grassley feels as though Toyota may have gotten off a little too easily. Given the mainstream media’s love for the Rising Sun automaker, I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case.

Sen. Grassley further stated that the two investigations that were conducted did not provide either a suitable explanation or conclusion. Although most of the unintended acceleration incidents that did not come from the floormats sliding underneath the gas pedal, or the previous issue with the accelerator were blamed on “driver’s error”, both studies concluded that there could have been some other factors involved, but were unknown and/or not further investigated.

Toyota formally issued a statement in response to Sen. Grassley’s inquiry, stating that “There is no problem with the electronic throttle control systems in Toyota vehicles – and all the scientific evidence confirms it. So-called ‘tin whiskers’ are not a new phenomenon and do not represent a mysterious or undetectable problem in a vehicle’s electronics.”

What the ‘tin whiskers’ phrase is referring to is the occurrence of tiny crystals forming on circuit boards…and any type of foreign matter that can develop and/or interfere with any electronic component, especially the “brains” of the operation, could lead to any number of situations…but in this case, potentially a lethal one.

I’ve always had an issue with the whole “FloormatGate” being widely dismissed as “driver’s error”. I did not believe then, nor do I believe now that the driver had any part of the accelerator getting stuck. I can’t possibly imagine anyone putting themselves, the other passengers, and especially the general public in danger…and for what? A possible settlement from a class-action lawsuit? A vendetta against Toyota? Or even letting the whole scandal start playing mind games with them?

All of these situations could have happened, but highly unlikely in a widespread case. I smell a coverup (no surprise coming from Toyota)…stay tuned to the latest updates!

Source: Autoblog

Complete List of Toyota Corolla Recalls 2002-2011

The Toyota Corolla carries the distinction of the world’s best-selling car, dating all the way back to 1966, having sold well over 30 million cars worldwide. Here in the United States, it consistently ranks in the top ten, but most boring cars generally do. Vanilla sells (also, vanilla ice cream is a top seller…go figure).

I’ve always considered the Toyota Corolla as one of the great small cars out there, and apparently General Motors does as well. GM sold a rebadged version of the Corolla called the Chevrolet Nova, Geo Prizm (ironically, the Geo division was created to take on the imports like Toyota), and whenever Geo was dissolved, the Chevrolet Prizm. Clever thinking from the GM brass, keeping the brand name…guess they thought that they had some brand equity in it.

Anyways, just like all Corollas, the inability for Toyota to scale up their production processes efficiently has led to a record number of recalls. So with that being said, just like the others, here is the definitive list of Toyota Corolla recalls that were issued by the NHTSA:

2003 Toyota Corolla in Boring Beige…possibly the world’s most boring car

2002, 2004 Corolla w/aluminum alloy wheels: The wheel’s lug nuts may not have been secured properly, leading to possible wheel separation with driving. Dealers will inspect and replace affected parts.

2002 Corolla:  The front strut mounts from Ride Control did not come with a weld joint between the bearing housing and the rate plate. This could allow the strut to come out of its normal position during extreme driving conditions, increasing the possibility of a crash. Ride Control will replace the affected parts free of charge. They can also be contacted at 1-248-458-1396.

2003 Corolla: The bolts that join the rear brake and hub assembly to the rear axle carrier could be loose, as a result of insufficient tightening of during the assembly process. Over time, one or more of the bolts could come off completely, resulting in an abnormal noise from that area. If all four bolts were to come off completely, it could result in the rear brake and hub assembly to separate from the rear axle carrier, thus increasing the risk of a crash. Authorised dealers will inspect and tighten the bolts.

2003-04 Corolla equipped with power windows: The bolts that hold the driver- and front-passenger-door glass may loosen and come off, causing the glass to separate from the window regulator. This may cause the glass to bind and shatter. Dealers will replace the bolts with newly designed bolts.

2005-08 Corolla: The engine control module (ECM) for the subject models equipped with the 1ZZ-FE engine and two-wheel drive may have been improperly manufactured. There is a possibility that a crack may develop at certain solder points or on varistors on the circuit board. There are a variety of warnings and consequences associated with the defect. The engine-warning lamp could be illuminated, harsh shifting could result, the engine may not start, or the engine could shut off while the vehicle is being driven. An engine shutoff while the vehicle is being driven increases the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the production number of the ECM and replace the ECM if necessary.

2005-11 Corolla: Tires that were installed from the manufacturer without the requisite load carrying capacity modification labels. Customers with the affected tires can have the dealer install the label free of charge.

2009-10 Corolla: Improperly-secured optional-accessory floor mat could cause accelerator pedal to become stuck, temporarily, in partially depressed position.

2009-10 Corolla: Due to the manner in which the friction lever interacts with the sliding surface of the accelerator pedal inside the pedal sensor assembly, the accelerator pedal may become hard to depress, slow to return to idle, or, in the worst case, mechanically stuck in a partially depressed position, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will install a reinforcement bar in the accelerator pedal, which will allow the pedal to operate smoothly.

2009-10 Corolla w/ 1.8-liter engine: For certain vehicles sold in specified states, when driving under unique conditions in extremely low ambient temperatures, intake manifold suction port for brake vacuum can become locked due to freezing of condensation; could lead to increased stopping distance.

2010 Corolla: Some airbag labels on driver’s side sunvisor can separate from visor surface.

2010-11 Corolla: For vehicles that were equipped with a non-Toyota Bluetooth hands-free device and/or navigation unit, the front A-pillar trim panel retention clip may have been damaged during the aftermarket installation of the accessory. This trim panel could become loosen and fall off completely, increasing the possibility of injuring an occupant in the event of a crash. Dealers will inspect the retention clip and replace it if necessary.

If you see your Toyota Corolla has been affected by one or more of these recalls, do not hesitate to contact your local Toyota dealer. The whole process should be quick and painless…however, if it isn’t, feel free to contact the corporation. Or your local news station…

Sources: Motor Trend, Wikipedia, and Consumer Automotive

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