More Toyota Troubles

Toyota was forced to recall millions of vehicles after reports of unintended acceleration. Now, the Prius is on the recall block.

James Sikes, a Prius driver, alerted California Highway Patrol to notify them that his Prius was accelerating out of control. A patrol officer was able to coach Sikes to a stop before he came to any harm.

A spokesman said Toyota planned a recall on 2004 to 2009 Prius models, but had not yet worked out a solution to the problem. The recall would be announced when they found a solution.

What’s the problem?

It appears as though the accelerator can get stuck under the floor mat. Good news to those of you who thought it would be a complicated electrical problem. The idea that Toyota was waiting to announce their recall is perhaps most disturbing. Many car buyers consider safety features of a vehicle one of the main factors in determining they car they buy. Uncontrollable acceleration and the inability to stop are not going to work in Toyota’s favor.

The world’s largest automaker is working on a way to remedy the issue, but this does not bode well for a company attempting to regain its reputation.  Toyota recalled 8 million cars with similar issues already. Additionally, the Prius is the shining jewel in the Toyota crown. With the Prius, Toyota seemed to be on the cutting edge of hybrid technology for cars.  In some cases, the Prius can get up to sixty MPG.  Only time will tell if Toyota can bounce back from these problems.

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Posted on March 10, 2010, in Global Biz, Newspaper & Journal Articles and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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