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Toyota issues recall announcement affecting 880,000 vehicles

May 2005-Toyota Motor Corp. said it is recalling about 880,000 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pickup trucks worldwide because of a defect that could affect steering. In the United States, 774,856 Toyota SUVs and pickup trucks have been recalled, 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's recall announcement also affects 22,000 vehicles in Japan, 22,000 vehicles in Europe, 14,000 vehicles in Australia and 10,800 vehicles throughout the rest of the world. Read More

SUV Rollover Protection

"SUV Rollover Protection at the Top of NHTSA Priority List"

July 29, 2003
Congress is in the process of deciding on the auto industry’s regulatory agenda and policy direction for the upcoming years. SUV rollover accidents have been in the news a lot since the Ford Explorer/Firestone tire fatalities killed 270 people. Since the 2000-2001 SUV rollover incidents little has changed in SUV rollover safety protection. New statistics were released showing that fatal SUV rollover accidents have increased significantly in one year’s time.

Lawmakers have felt the pressure over the last couple of years to improve auto safety, in result decreasing the number of SUV rollover accidents that occur. Especially since SUV popularity continues to climb despite the SUV rollover numbers, consumer groups have been outraged with the lack of standards put into place. Now, auto executives are waiting for the outcome of the NHTSA’s decisions.

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