January 26, 2011 by staff
The move is the latest in a number of quality problems that could balloon to add another dent to his reputation tarnished in the major market in North America.
Toyota recalls later are mostly in Japan, but they also include IS and Lexus GS luxury models in North America, where the No. 1 global automaker faces the greatest obstacles to regaining confidence customers.
The company said the recall in Canada affects Lexus GS300/350 from 2006 to 2007, Lexus IS250 models from 2006 to 2009, and Lexus IS350 vehicles from 2006 to 2008.
Toyota’s sales in the United States shifted last year despite a recovery in the industry, putting General Motors Co. in scope to recover his title as world’s leading manufacturer largest automaker in terms of number of vehicles sold. Toyota Motor Corp. became the best selling automaker in 2008, dethroning GM after nearly 80 years of domination.
There were no accidents suspected of being linked to the last point, according to Toyota. The automaker said it had received 77 complaints abroad, 75 of them in North America, and over 140 in Japan.
Koji Endo, autoanlyst with Advanced Research Co. in Japan in Tokyo, said the latest recall will cost Toyota about 20 billion yen ($ 240 million), and that will not hurt the performance gains of many.
“But there is the perception we go again, and that hurts the image of Toyota, especially in North America,” he said.
Toyota is likely to be aggressive with trying to remember, to lead them quickly before they become bigger problems, and if the latter is not a sign that quality is taking a new dive for the worse the automobile, Endo said.
However, the manufacturer – including the “Toyota Way” production methods have been praised and emulated in the world – cannot hope to claim to have put the problems behind it either.
The largest number of vehicles affected was in Japan to nearly 1.3 million – the second callback in the history of the nation – and involving two different problems.
The largest recall in Japan was in 2005, also by Toyota, while nearly 1.3 million cars were recalled Corolla for a defective headlight control and other problems, according to the Japanese Ministry of Transport.
The hitch last quality is at the top of the wave of massive recalls that began in late 2009, mostly in North America and now cover more than 12 million vehicles.
Toyota is struggling to regain its once solid reputation among buyers for the production of reliable vehicles. The greatest damage the image of Toyota has been in the U.S. where the response was considered dallying.
Reminders from the end of 2009, floor mats and defective accelerator pedals are housed, some of them suspected of causing unintended acceleration or runaway vehicles.
In one of the problems announced Wednesday, improper installation of a sensor to measure the fuel pressure can cause the sensor to loosen due to engine vibration over time and eventually cause a fuel leak, said the company. This problem also affects 280,000 Lexus cars sold abroad, 255,000 of them in North America and 10,000 in Europe.
Lexus dealers to inspect vehicles for fuel leaks and tighten the sensor fuel pressure with the right couple, if nothing is leaking. If a leak is confirmed, the seal between the sensor and the discharge pipe will be replaced, he said.
This same problem was also found in models X Crown and Mark sold in Japan.
The second problem, which affects 141,000 Avensis sedans and station wagons sold in Europe and New Zealand, was caused by irregular work on the fuel hose, which can cause crack and leaks of fuel, Toyota said.
This problem was also found in 16 models sold in Japan, including the subcompact Noah’s RAV4 sport utility vehicles and cars greeting.
Toyota has also recalled 6,000 trucks made by group company Daihatsu Motor Co., which were sold under the Toyota brand in Japan for a problem with a metal mounting a spare tire at the back of the truck. The tires can detach and fall on the road, Toyota said.
In December, Toyota has agreed to pay $ 32.4 million and fines to the government of the United States to settle the investigation into his management of two recalls. The last settlement was above the 16.4 million fine and Toyota paid earlier.
Toyota has stayed popular in Japan, partly because the government incentives for green vehicles posted sales of its Prius gasoline-electric hybrid booming.
CEO Akio Toyoda, the grandson of the founder of the automaker, has pledged to regain confidence and be faster to meet customer needs.
Toyota has held first place in the largest automaker in the world of vehicle sales per year for three consecutive years, including last year as General Motors was not far behind. But some believe that relentless drive for growth of Toyota degrades quality.
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