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Los Angeles, CA - 270,000 Toyota Vehicles Have Faulty Engines

Published on: July 1, 2010 03:46 PM
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Los Angeles, CA - Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday about 270,000 cars sold worldwide—including luxury Lexus sedans—have potentially faulty engines, the latest quality lapse to hit the automaker following massive global recalls of top-selling models.

Japan’s top-selling daily Yomiuri said in its evening edition that Toyota will inform the transport ministry of a recall on Monday.

The paper cited no sources.

Toyota spokesman Hideaki Homma said the company was evaluating measures to deal with the problem of defective engines that can stall while the vehicle is moving.

He would not confirm a recall was being considered.

The automaker has been working to patch up its reputation after recalling more than 8 million vehicles worldwide because of unintended acceleration and other defects.

Of the 270,000 vehicles with engine problems, some 180,000 were sold overseas and the rest in Japan.

They include the popular Crown and seven models of luxury Lexus sedans.

Toyota said it has received around 200 complaints in Japan over faulty engines.

Some drivers told Toyota that the engines made a strange noise.

Homma said there have been no reports of accidents linked to the faulty engines.

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The automaker’s shares dropped 2.3 percent to close at 3,010 yen in Tokyo on Thursday.

U.S. authorities recently slapped Toyota with a record $16.4 million fine for acting too slowly to recall vehicles with defects.

Toyota dealers have repaired millions of vehicles, but the automaker still faces more than 200 lawsuits tied to accidents, the lower resale value of Toyota vehicles and the drop in the company’s stock.

In the aftermath of the recalls, Congress is considering an upgrade to auto safety laws to toughen potential penalties against automakers, give the U.S. government more powers to demand a recall and push car companies to meet new safety standards.

Toyota said last week it will recall 17,000 Lexus luxury hybrids after testing showed that fuel can spill during a rear-end crash.


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 Jul 01, 2010 at 04:13 PM Anonymous Says:

The Japanese have spent too much time on the internet with shmutz that's why the quality of their cars has gone down.

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 Jul 01, 2010 at 04:41 PM Anonymous Says:

I hope they will inform the public which cars are 'infected'. i am looking to purchase/lease a Toyota, since they probably are going to be having great deals as people wont buy their cars anymore.

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 Jul 01, 2010 at 05:24 PM toyota crown Says:

What's a toyota crown? Do they mean Camry which means crown in Jappanesse?

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 Jul 01, 2010 at 05:27 PM LIBERALISM IS A DISEASE!!! Says:

Thank you Team Obama for your attack on this company all in the name of 'fairness' in competition with your GMC.

Give us back our country!!

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 Jul 01, 2010 at 08:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
LIBERALISM IS A DISEASE!!! Says:

Thank you Team Obama for your attack on this company all in the name of 'fairness' in competition with your GMC.

Give us back our country!!

What does this have to do with Obama? I dislike him as much as the next guy, but come on! At this point, this is worse than Pearl Harbor. Now they are trying to kill us with their cars. When I was growing up, Made in Japan meant junk. Only now they are no longer keeping it a secret.

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 09:12 AM Anonymous Says:

I have a Toyota, I have taken it to the dealer with a couple of issues however they have not been addressed, Is there a number I can call in my complaint?

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 09:28 AM Anonymous Says:

I bought a Lexus in 99. After a year of routine service at the dealer I took it to an outside oil change place. They told me it looked as though the oil was never changed. It turned out that that particular engine had a design defect that ruined the oil and caused sludge which could destroy the engine.
I was amazed at the 100% compliance, any dealer employee memorized the Toyota line that cars serviced at the dealer had no problems, only outside places that used cheap oil were problematic.
There have been countless suits and settlements on this issue, nothing new here.

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