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Old 05-19-2005, 01:34 AM   #1
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Toyota Recalling 750,000 Truck, SUVs

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Toyota Recalling 750,000 Truck, SUVs By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press Writer
Tue May 17, 3:41 PM ET



WASHINGTON - Toyota Motor Corp., in one of its largest safety recalls ever, said Tuesday it is recalling more than 750,000 pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles because of problems with the front suspension that could hinder steering.



The company said the recall covers 774,856 vehicles in the United States, including the 2001-2004 model years of the Tacoma, the 2001-2002 versions of the 4Runner and the 2002-2004 model years of the Tundra and Sequoia.

Toyota said the surface of a ball joint which connects to the front suspension may have been scratched when it was manufactured, which could lead to wear and tear over time.

Any excessive wear or looseness in the joint could force drivers to exert more effort when steering, allow the vehicle to drift and increase the amount of noise from the suspension.

Ming-Jou Chen, a Toyota spokeswoman, said the company had confirmed six cases in which the condition existed in the suspension. There have been no injuries associated with the problems.

Toyota said it planned to conduct a similar recall of the affected vehicles in Canada, Japan, Australia and other countries, but did not immediately have the number of vehicles that would be covered outside the U.S.

Chen said it was one of the largest recalls in company history.

In 1992, Toyota recalled about 550,000 Camrys from the 1987-1990 model years because of the potential for power door locks to malfunction and lock passengers out of or inside the vehicles.

In 2002, the company recalled nearly 400,000 subcompact and minicar vehicles exported to the United States, Europe and Canada because of improperly designed brake fluid pipes.

In Tuesday's recall of trucks and SUVs, owners will be notified beginning in July and will be able to have the problem fixed at no cost, Chen said.

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wow. that kinda sucks. My boss drives an 01/02 tacoma.
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Old 05-19-2005, 01:58 AM   #3
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Ouch, thats gotta hurt.
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I have been rubbing it in the face of some kids at work.. they are really defensive of the recall... saying it is because they are made by American workers... I told him to go back where he is from if he dislikes the American work force. He got REAL mad. But it is so true. He hates anything made in America. Glad to see it is a global problem so you can't blame the American worker.... of which is the hardest working people on the planet!! F the Japanese until trade is fair!! That is my only problem with japanese products
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hahaha. So sad, finally it's not Ford that recalling their trucks and SUVs
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I have been rubbing it in the face of some kids at work.. they are really defensive of the recall... saying it is because they are made by American workers... I told him to go back where he is from if he dislikes the American work force. He got REAL mad. But it is so true. He hates anything made in America. Glad to see it is a global problem so you can't blame the American worker.... of which is the hardest working people on the planet!! F the Japanese until trade is fair!! That is my only problem with japanese products
haha same with my friends, but a different type of thing, they say it's a discrace to buy an American car, esspecially a Ford, since their not reliable (which is true) And to buy a Honda or a Toyota, I mentioned the Civic and Camry, they said that would be WAAY better than a Focus, heh heh heh....riiiiiight......well maybe the civic
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Toyota said the surface of a ball joint which connects to the front suspension may have been scratched when it was manufactured, which could lead to wear and tear over time.
Actually, this is not a safety recall and more a sign that Toyota stands behind their products. It is rather sad because Pontiac has a similar problem with their 97-98 W-Body Grand Prix’s steering rack. Pontiac just put out a TSB and there were more than 6 cases documented, heck there were at least 30 people who complained on the clubgp.com forums. The average cost to fix the steering rack was 1200 dollars.

You guys are reading recall and automatically thinking it is negative but Toyota will probably win more business than lose it…
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Actually, this is not a safety recall and more a sign that Toyota stands behind their products

Well the news report I heard says it WAS a safty recall, and the ntsb is putting out the recall.
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hey, where did you get that information? my friend, a week ago, was driving down this road and she pulled to the side to let an ambulance go by, but when she tried to get back on the road, she turned the wheel a little and nothing happened so she pulled harder, and the front jerked all the sudden, threw her 2001 4Runner into a slide, which hit a ditch front first and threw it end over end above a fence landing into a farmers field and rolling 3 more times. This might be the overall cause of her damn near killing herself. She did walk away with only a small bruse on her shoulder, but it could have been much worse. So wear your seatbelt as well, cause thats what kept her in her death trap of a car. But the main reason for this was i wanted to print that off for her so she could possibly get a law suit on toyota.
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