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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 STATISTICS

"SUV Rollovers Continue to Increase"

July 17, 2003
Federal traffic statistics were just released, showing there is even more reason to be concerned about SUV rollover accidents. The 2002 traffic accident reports were concerning already, with the number of fatalities at the highest since 1990 according to the NHTSA. IT was the percentage of SUV rollover accidents causing death that seemed to attract the most attention from the repots, with 82% of the increase in fatal traffic accidents being the result of SUV rollover accidents.

The preliminary statistics that were released by the traffic agency in April had indicated SUV rollovers were causing 53% of the annual fatal traffic accident increases. SUV rollover deaths rose 14% in 2002, but SUVs are still attracting more consumers. Consumer group Public Citizen has been openly critical of the automobile industry and the failure to implement safety changes over the years to curb the number of fatal and serious SUV rollover accidents.

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