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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 owners want to see increase in SUV rollover protection"

July 13, 2004

According to a poll commissioned by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, a majority of Americans want to see Congress pass legislation to mandate better SUV rollover protection. Every year, approximately 10,000 Americans die in rollover crashes. The popularity of SUVs has continued to increase every year and with it the number of SUV rollover deaths has also climbed.

The poll indicated 85 percent of SUV owners are aware of SUV rollover problems but instead of giving up their desired vehicles they'd like to see the safety measures stepped up. The Lou Harris Poll found 84 percent of the surveyed adults support stronger and uniform auto safety standards. From 1991 to 2002, 114,819 people died in rollover crashes. According to auto safety advocates, solutions to preventing the high number of SUV rollover crashes are immediately available and should be standard equipment for all buyers.

After the Ford Explorer SUV rollover deaths equipped with Firestone tires led to nearly 300 deaths in 2000, Congress ordered regulators come up with a more rigorous test. Since then, Public Citizen consumer group has acknowledged the measures enacted have been positive but are still inadequate considering over 30,000 more people have died in rollover crashes since. Rollover fatalities accounted for 82 percent of the total fatality increase in highway deaths from 2001 to 2002.

Safety groups, victims of SUV rollovers and survivors of SUV rollover deaths have renewed its call on Congress to approve a safety measure that would require all SUVs and pickup trucks meet a stability standard and require the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to evaluate Electronic Stability Control systems, shown to be effective in preventing rollovers. NHTSA data shows that motor vehicle deaths in 2003 were the highest number of fatalities since 1990.


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