Automakers have recalled more than 9 million vehicles in the US this year, and the trend just keeps on going with an another 1.8 million Toyotas, including 2009-2010 Corollas, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2008-2010 Highlanders, 2009-2010 Tacomas, 2006-2008 RAV4s, 2006-2010 Yaris, hatchbacks and 2007-2010 Yaris sedans, as well as 2008-2010 Scion XD and 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibes added to the list yesterday. The recalls involve a number of problems, including airbags that may fail to inflate upon impact. Information about specific repair plans, however, have yet to be announced.
The recalls were announced just 2 weeks after the Japanese automaker was slammed by the US Justice Department for covering up problems involving unintended acceleration in some cars beginning nearly 5 years ago. Although Toyota has already agrees to pay more than $1 billion to settle the acceleration case, federal prosecutors warned the company that they will reinstitute a wire fraud charge if it fails to comply with terms of that agreement.
Although Ford issued its own recall for more than 428,000 of its own SUVs in the United States and Canada yesterday, the vast majority of recalls this year have involved vehicles manufactured by auto giants Toyotas and GM, with General Motors CEO Mary Barra being grilled last week on Capital Hill regarding its ignition switch scandal. In fact, GM is also facing fines of $7,000 per day for failing to meet the National Traffic Safety Commission's deadline for answering questions regarding the delayed recall.
If things keep going in the same direction, it looks as though the record of nearly 31 million vehicles recalled in the US back in 2004 may be broken by the end of this year. For more information, readers can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission at 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, West Bldg., Washington DC 20590 or by calling them at 888 327-4236.