What sux, is that in the same time 40 other manufacturers have had recalls. Some were identical to Toyota's most were worse.
Ford, GM, and Chrysler all had them.
One was for SEATBELTS coming unlacked . . .
Toyota's just had the most press coverage.
Examples of December 2009 recalls, from http://www.recalls.gov/nhtsa.html
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Kawasaki is recalling model year 2009 and 2010 EX250 Ninja 250 motorcycles. Porosity in the engine case could allow engine oil to leak, and be deposited on the rear tire. A small number of upper engine cases for the affected model could have porosity in the aluminum casting. This porosity occurs in the vicinity of a pressurized oil passage just above the transmission output shaft. Engine oil leaking from this location can be deposited on the rear tire, creating the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and check for leaks in the vicinity of the suspected porosity. Units evidencing signs of leakage will be repaired free of charge. The safety recall began on December 8, 2009. Owners may contact Kawasaki at 1-866-802- 9381.
Buell is recalling certain model year 2010 XB12X and XB12XT motorcycles manufactured from August 20 through September 30, 2009. The right hand side footpeg mount may have been manufactured to incorrect specifications. This condition could allow the footpeg to move significantly out of position, which could lead to loss of control of the vehicle resulting in injury or death of the rider. Dealers will replace the defective footpeg mount with a new footpeg mount that was manufactured to the correct specifications. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall began on December 14, 2009. Owners may contact Buell Distribution Company at 1-414-343-8400.
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2010 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 103, "Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems and with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 101, Controls and Displays". The software in the center instrument panel can cause the heating, air conditioning, defrost, and radio controls, as well as the panel illumination to become inoperative. Driving without a functioning defrost system can decrease your visibility under certain driving conditions and could result in a crash without warning. Dealers will replace the computer module in the center instrument panel free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during January 2010. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, GMC at 1-866-996-9463 or at www.gmownercenter.com.
GM's campaign number is 090298.
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2005 through 2007 Corvette vehicles equipped with a removable roof and model year 2006 and 2007 Corvette Z06 vehicles. The adhesive between the roof panel and the frame may separate. If there is a partial separation, the driver may notice one or more symptoms, such as a snapping noise when driving over bumps, wind noise, poor roof panel fit, roof panel movement/bounce when a door or hatch is closed, or a water leak in the headliner. If there is a complete separation, the roof panel may detach from the vehicle. If this were to occur while the vehicle was being driven, it could strike a following vehicle and cause injury and/or property damage. Dealers will install a new design roof panel free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during January 2010. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or at www.gmownercenter.com.
GM's campaign number is 090230.
SAFETY DEFECT/NONCOMPLIANCE NOTICES
RECEIVED DURING DECEMBER 2009
January 7, 2010 Published
Volvo (Fuel leak that MAY START FIRE!):
Volvo is recalling model year 2010 XC60 vehicles. The fuel line rail cover that protects the fuel lines under the vehicle may not be properly attached exposing the fuel lines to damage. Damage to the fuel lines may result in a fuel leak which, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire. Dealers will inspect the fuel line rail cover for proper attachment and reattach if necessary free of charge. The safety recall began on December 28, 2009. Owners may contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552.
Ford (BOTH of which I would consider more serious than Toyota's issues):
Ford is recalling model year 2010 F-650 and F-750 trucks. The S-cam tubes on the air brake axle assemblies were not greased and corrosion may develop over time, which may restrict release of the service brake at the affected wheel. If this occurs, it could cause excessive brake temperatures, noise, brake fade, odor, smoke, brake pull and possibly longer stopping distances which could increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will lubricate the S-cam tube and check the S-cam for free movement at all four wheel locations free of charge. The safety recall began on December 16, 2009. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 or through the internet at www.fordowner.com.
Ford's campaign number is 09S10.
Ford is recalling model years 2010 F-650 and F-750 trucks. The chassis wire harness may have been assembled without a connector seal if this seal is missing, the connector terminals may corrode affecting the proper illumination of the vehicle"s rear brake lamps, tail lamps, turn signal lamps or trailer lamps (if equipped.) Also, the function of the anti-lock brake system may be affected. Inoperative lamps may increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the connector and repair the main and rear chassis wire harness if necessary. A missing seal will be replaced and electrical grease applied to prevent future corrosion. The safety recall began on December 16, 2009. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 or through the internet at www.fordowner.com.
Ford's campaign number is 09S11.
The FAMOUS Subaru WRX (possible engine fire issues):
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2002 and 2003 Impreza WRX vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of South Dakota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Colorado, Wisconsin, New York, Wyoming, Michigan, Alaska, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. During cold starts, typically under extremely cold temperatures, fuel leaks in the fuel delivery line could occur where the line connects with a rubber hose. Fuel leaks, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel line free of charge. The recall began on December 31, 2009. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. SAFETY DEFECT/NONCOMPLIANCE NOTICES
RECEIVED DURING DECEMBER 2009
January 7, 2010 Published
Hyundai (the SEATBELT issue):
Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2006 through 2009 Azera vehicles manufactured from September 27, 2005, through October 1, 2008. The wiring harness for the right front seat belt tension sensor may sustain damage after repeated use of the seat belt. If the seat belt tension sensor wiring becomes damaged the air bag will not deploy in the event of a crash necessitating front air bag deployment. The seat occupant is at an increased risk of injury should the air bag not deploy as intended. Hyundai will notify owners and repair the vehicles free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during February 2010. Owners may contact Hyundai customer assistance center at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall campaign number is 094.
Range Rover (AIRBAG issues):
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling certain model year 2010 Range Rover vehicles for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection." These vehicles equipped with occupant classification system (OCS) may experience airbag warning lamp illumination on the instrument cluster. The passenger airbag will be disabled when the airbag warning lamp is illuminated as a result of this defect and the passenger airbag warning disable (PAWD) lamp in the overhead console will also illuminate. Deployment of the passenger airbag may not be achieved in the event of a vehicle crash increasing the risk of injury. Dealer will update the vehicle's restraints control module (RCM) with the integrated diagnostics system (IDS) tool with software from DVD 118.5 patch 16 or later. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall began on December 21, 2009. Owners may contact Jaguar Land Rover at 1-800-452-4827.
Those are JUST December 2009 . . .
(Search here: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/recallsearch.cfm
Months Prior to present: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/recallmonthlyreports.cfm
1) Brake pedal too long, MAY stick on aftermarket mats.
2) Brake pedal tension slightly off due to specific supplier error.
3) Prius brakes work, but way they work makes drivers think they aren't working (simple software fix)
I'm actually liking Toyota MORE by how they are handling these issues!