Toyota Getting Heat for Delayed Venza Recall

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Further adding to its troubles, Toyota is now under fire because it appears that it delayed its recall of the Venza in the U.S. for six weeks after discovering a defect.

Toyota recalled the Venza in Canada on Dec. 16, 2009, because the vehicle’s all-weather floormats could trap the accelerator pedal and cause unintended acceleration. It did not issue a recall for the same vehicle in the U.S. until Jan. 27, 2010, at first saying the floormats were different and posed no risk to vehicle occupants. A major recall for the same problem in various other Toyota models was issued in October 2009.

The reversal has caught the attention of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has already issued the maximum fine possible to Toyota for $16.4 million. The fine covers the entire 2.3 million-vehicle recall for sudden acceleration. By law, automakers have five business days to notify the government if they find a defect.

As NHTSA noted, Toyota is getting off very lightly. Automakers can be fined $6,000 for each safety violation with every vehicle counting as a violation, but the total is capped at $16.4 million. Without a cap, Toyota could be liable for as much as $13.8 billion in fines.

Toyota Delayed Venza Recall in U.S. for Six Weeks, Records Show (Los Angeles Times)

Comments 

Cory

THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN OBAMA AND HIS MISTAKE GOVERNMENT MOTORS TRYING TO PAY OFF THEIR OWN DEBT WITH TOYOTOA MONEY!

So Obama created the defect that created this whole recall fro toyota HA!...reality is this is the price of being #1 you get scrutinize more it has happened to GM in the past and it will happen to Honda when they get their chance to be #1

Tony

I have to agree with both, above.^^

I would only add that when you become big as Toyota, it is hard to control all areas and huge infrastructure means huge overhead. When your overhead is huge, you look to save on something here and there. And saving often means corner cutting. When corners are cut, the quality goes.

1487

GM rules no matter what anybody else says. Everything else is junk.

Sheth1487

Be American. Buy American. It is our obligation as Americans. Don't like GM? Move somewhere else.

This is GM Country. AN American Revolution

Glenn H

Here we go again...tea baggers are now blaming Toyota's problems on the current administration. Incredible, this is starting to be Fox Cars.com

Sanish

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it will launch a voluntary Safety Recall involving approximately 600,000 first- and second-generation Sienna 2WD minivans sold in the United States to address potential corrosion in the spare tire carrier cable.

Paul

Toyota owners by now should be setting up housekeeping in their dealer's waiting rooms... Maybe while they are there waiting,they can browse the lots for a good used American brand vehicle...

Dan

Glenn,
Couldn't have said it better myself.

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