Toyota knew about defective valve springs three years ago

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Toyota needs to take a few classes in honesty because they are really awful at it. Toyota is the world’s largest automaker, yet they still can’t find the will to be honest with the public.

In a new report by Bloomberg, Toyota knew about the engine problems that have affected more than 100,000 Lexus and Toyota vehicle three years ago.

The automaker received its first complaint in March 2007 in Japan regarding defective valve springs that may cause the engine to stall, Toyota spokesperson Ririko Takeuchi said.

The problem begins when an unknown substance enters the material used to make the part, which causes the spring to weaken and break. Toyota addressed the problem in August 2008 by altering the design of the spring, but the company didn’t issue a recall because of the rarity of the problem, said Tokyo-based spokesperson Monika Saito.

This won’t help Toyota gain back the customer faith that it once had, prior to the recall of 8 million vehicles due to unintended acceleration. The company then recalled theLexus GX 460 due to a roll over risk.

Toyota will recall 91,903 Lexis GS 350 , GS 450h , GS 460 , IS 350, LS 460, LS 600h, and the LS 600hL, as well as a few Toyota Crown cars in Japan. The problem may affect as many as 270,000 vehicles throughout the world, Toyota has said.

Stay tuned for more news on the Toyota situation.

Source: Bloomberg

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31 comments:

I can’t figure out on why there’s still a dealer for this car brand. I really hate on how they make us drool over there production and then announced a recall later.

I can’t figure out on why there’s still a dealer for this car brand. I really hate on how they make us drool over there production and then announced a recall later.

Well I think its a good improvement for them that I haven’t heard any recall nowadays..I really don’t want to hear any for this is so sad for the part of the dealer!

Hell! According to car infographics, Toyota is in the fourth place in accordance to the number of recalls. This is really a sad news.. However, it makes me wonder on why there are still other people keep on purchasing the cars that they’ve made.

Well, its a good thing that Toyota doesn’t announced any recall for the past few months! I hope that they have learned their lesson! BTW, they are making a quite impressive production recently.

Hearing a recall news about cars is kind of upsetting. Imagine, this car manufacturer make us drool over their production then will announced a recall later due to defective parts! And I think they are spoiling the thing so called Quality Control!

How unfortunate! It was really frustrating reading some defective car parts from Toyota. Such kind of news is kinda alarming. You’ll able to know Toyota’s standing in the next few years.

It’s awful for the part of Toyota! However, its kind of amazing on how they manage to still have a consumer after the tragic recall on Lexus and these defective valves.

I think this one is already resolved. But though, Toyota has already bad record on their customer. For all their record I don’t know why still uses their car!

yeah, you’re recalls are totally annoying Toyota..

Toyota can never catch too much grief for the lives and productivity they’ve cost the American people.

Compare this recently added Toyota recall this week to it’s reliability failure roster to..say this other Japanese automaker, namely the smaller, underdog and under appreciated Suzuki.

Again, Toyota in the controversy .Let me count how often they recall to some of their products..OH! its many!smiley

Too bad for Toyota, I never thought that they would lie this much to the public.Do they think once the customer found this allegation to be true their faith would not be back anymore.

Of course these manufacturers knew these problems a long, long time ago. Toyota is not any different than Ford, GM, Honda et al in this regard.

yes it’s valve spring are very brittle, and can easily break apart.. dang toyota. i guess they used a low quality valve spring. or should i say cheap springs.

GM is NOW replacing EPS for customers and refunding some for previous repairs.

yes Toyota will sell everything even-though they already know the problems of their vehicles.

Uncia, that’s it in a nutshell. Not to forget the facts that Toyota is particularely careful these days, because of the previous stuck accelerator problem and that the american national highway security is on the payroll of the major stockholder of GM. 2 times i have been in a potential dangerous situation due to construction failure. Both times in a Ford. Once the accelerator stuck, so i had to clutch out and pull it back to idle and ones the stearingwheel snapped. And the car was only 8 years old. Not too long after that, the bearings went on the engine. The only reason Ford still are as big as they are, is that they had access to technology from Volvo and Mazda. That access will be revoked in a not too distant future, so let’s see how they will do.

It boils down to this: when a GM, Audi, Chrysler, ect vehicle has a problem, it’s expected, and no recall is necessary. The primary reason people buy Toyotas is quality, so any issue is a big one. It’s all about meeting customer expectations.

@aPACKofWEASELS, there was no real problem with the brakes on the Vibe, hence the fact that Toyota didn’t recall the Matrix. It was engineered by Toyota, and all things considered the Vibe was the best car GM ever produced.

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