January 23, 2010

Another Huge Recall For Toyota

Toyota is annoucing another huge recall of it's cars and trucks.

Toyota Motor Corp. announced another big recall Thursday, of 2.3 million cars and trucks, to fix "sticking" gas pedals.

The Japanese automaker said the problem occurs rarely and is unrelated to reports of "unintended acceleration" that provoked a recall in September of more than 4 million vehicles.

So that is around 6.5 million vehicles Toyota has recalled in the past few months, seems to me that Toyota quality pretty much sucks right now.

Wonder why people are not running around say how bad Toyota is and they will never buy another Toyota again because their quality is so bad.

Oh that's right, Toyota is a Japense company and not a domestic auto company and that means Toyota gets a pass.

And while we speak Toyota is being investigated by the National Hwy Traffic and Safety board for another potential recall ...

Federal safety officials have opened a probe into two models of Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles after drivers reported that their cars stalled in traffic, sometimes at highway speeds.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted a document late this week launching the investigation into Toyota's Matrix and Corolla cars. It's just the latest in a recent string of quality-related issues for the Japanese automaker.

So vehicles are just stalling for no reason while the driver is driving down the road. I am sure Toyota will say that it's the drivers fault, they must have just shut the engine off while driving. With Toyota it's never their fault, even after proof has been presented.

NHTSA at one point rebuked Toyota for blaming reports of unintended acceleration entirely on loose or ill-fitting floor mats.

For the automaker, which once set the standards for quality and reliability, Toyota ended last year with the highest number of vehicles recalled in the U.S. among all automakers: 4.8 million for nine separate issues.

"As a company with a reputation for steadiness, these must be uncomfortable days for Toyota," said James Bell, executive market analyst with Kelley Blue Book.

Toyota had the highest number of vehicles recalled amoung all automakers, AMOUNG ALL AUTOMAKERS.

Guess we can comfortable say that Toyota quality sucks and U.S automakers have better quality vehicles.

Posted by Quality Weenie at January 23, 2010 09:55 AM

Wow; highest among ALL automakers? Sucks to be Toyota right now, eh?
I've never owned one, but heard they're reliable. Just not overly safe...? ;)

Posted by: Pam at January 23, 2010 11:32 AM

Maybe they should get rid of their "SIX SIGMA" quality program ? All I know is .. I'm glad I don't own one !

Posted by: Steve Ahlers at January 28, 2010 09:40 AM

Six Sigma is a complete joke.

Six Sigma is a fancy word for root cause analysis, which is done by every Quality Engineer to discover the root cause of a issue (problem).

So people with Six Sigma certificates paid a lot of money to be trained and certified at something they were doing all along.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at January 28, 2010 01:06 PM