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Toyota recalls 369,000 vehicles worldwide

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:44 p.m. HST, Sep 04, 2013

TOKYO » Toyota is recalling 200,000 vehicles worldwide for a hybrid-system problem and another 169,000 vehicles for an engine bolt defect. 

Toyota Motor Corp. spokeswoman Shino Yamada said Wednesday (Tuesday in Hawaii) there were no accidents related to either recall.

The first recall is over an inverter in the hybrid system for the Lexus RX400 and the Highlander models overseas, and the Harrier and Kluger hybrids in Japan. Some 141,000 vehicles are being recalled in the U.S. and 15,000 in Japan. 

The defect may cause an alarm to go off, and the hybrid may stop running, according to Toyota.  

The second involves the Lexus GS350, IS350, Crown and Mark X models, including 106,000 vehicles in North America and 59,000 vehicles in Japan. 

The bolts may loosen, causing the engine to stall, according to the automaker.

Toyota’s reputation for quality was tarnished by massive global recalls that started five years ago and ultimately encompassed almost every model in its lineup and totaled more than 10 million vehicles. 

The company was criticized for being reluctant to admit to quality defects and slow to initiate proper recalls. Stung by the fiasco, Toyota has since redoubled its quality control efforts to salvage its brand, particularly in the crucial U.S. market.

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awahana wrote:
Although I've owned many Toys in my family, including Lexus, they are no more.
I've moved on.
Japan, Inc. is in a world of hurt, including the failure that is Sony, Panasonic, Sharp, Olympus, etc.
on September 4,2013 | 04:20AM
mikethenovice wrote:
So you walk now?
on September 4,2013 | 05:35AM
1local wrote:
ever since japanese cars were made in the USA - recalls are similar to American cars. assembled in USA is not as good as made in japan...
on September 4,2013 | 06:10AM
cojef wrote:
Drove a Lexus for over 13 years 8 months without a problem, but decided to change brands this past November. Have driven most of the American cars starting from a Ford Ranch Wagon and a Mustang, Chevys, Pontiacs, Buicks, Oldsmobiles, Dodge, Plymouth coupe, and Japanese Honda Civics. Trying a MB now.
on September 4,2013 | 08:17AM
Mei mei wrote:
yeah well, practically all car plants have shut down already (ie. in Detroit) and is now a shell of a city... do you propose eliminating jobs/factories all over the US... think thats a BS statement there 1local...
on September 4,2013 | 11:45AM
manakuke wrote:
Auto warranty claims are basic to the American market.
on September 4,2013 | 04:34AM
allie wrote:
on September 4,2013 | 06:23AM
Slow wrote:
Does "yikes" mean "I am not too bright" in your native tongue?
on September 4,2013 | 07:03AM
awahana wrote:
I think it means 'slow.'
on September 4,2013 | 08:24AM
beachbum11 wrote:
Toyota Hybrids are built in Japan. So much for Toyota quality!
on September 4,2013 | 07:20AM
awahana wrote:
I have noticed that older and asian folks are still blindly and loyally buying based on brand name, when in fact, its made in Mexico or China, and the components are often no better or sometimes worse, then the lesser established brands.
I have installed and worked on Sony Vaio laptops that have lower quality hard drives, and LCD displays, than a Dell or Acer, and yet they are premium priced like an Apple.
Same with Bravia and Aquos, nowhere as good as a LG or Vizio HDTV.
Caveat emptor.
on September 4,2013 | 08:29AM
shshimizu wrote:
awahana the products you mentioned are made in China or Korea.
on September 4,2013 | 02:09PM
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