Major events in Toyota's series of recalls

AP News
Posted: Oct 21, 2010 4:58 PM
Major events in Toyota's series of recalls

_ Oct. 21: Toyota Motor Corp. says it is recalling 1.53 million Lexus, Avalon and other models_ including 740,000 in the U.S. _ for brake fluid and fuel pump problems.

_ Oct. 4: Toyota says it has repaired 3.7 million of the 5.6 million cars and trucks it recalled in the U.S. for design flaws that could trigger unintended acceleration. The company also says it's confident the U.S. government won't find any electronic problems with its throttle control system. The government expects to finish a report on the system this fall.

_ Sept. 14: Toyota moves to dismiss hundreds of lawsuits over claims stemming from sudden acceleration.

_ Aug. 26: Toyota recalls 1.33 million Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchbacks in the U.S. and Canada because their engines may stall.

_ Aug. 2: Court documents filed in a multidistrict litigation case show Toyota knew of at least six incidents of sudden unintended acceleration as early as 2003 and some were verified by its own technicians and dealers.

_ July 29: Toyota recalls 412,000 vehicles, including Toyota Avalons and Lexus LX 470s, to fix problems that can cause the steering wheel to lock up.

_ July 8: Toyota says it will open six new offices across North America to gather information about vehicle problems and customer complaints.

_ March 8: Driver James Sikes speeds along a San Diego County freeway in a 2008 Toyota Prius for 20 minutes, reaching 94 miles per hour, before a Highway Patrol officer helps slow down the car. Toyota later dismisses Sikes' account, saying its tests show he pressed the gas and brakes rapidly at least 250 times.

_ March 1: Toyota adds 128,000 vehicles to a service campaign to repair potentially leaky oil hoses. Affects 2007-2009 RAV4 and Avalons with V6 engines. Total number affected in the campaign now 934,000.

_ Feb. 24: Toyota President Akio Toyoda apologizes for Toyota's millions of recalls before the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee.

_ Feb. 23: Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. President Jim Lentz says recalls may not "totally solve" sudden acceleration problems.

_ Feb. 17: Toyota president says the automaker will have a brake-override system in all future models, so the brakes will override the accelerator in an emergency.

_ Feb. 8: Toyota recalls 440,000 of its flagship Prius hybrid and other hybrids worldwide for braking problems. Toyota also recalls 7,300 2010 Camrys to check a power-steering hose that may be in contact with a brake tube.

_ Jan. 27: Toyota expands an earlier floor-mat recall by 1.09 million vehicles.

_ Jan. 26: Toyota temporarily suspends U.S. sales of eight models whose accelerator pedal assemblies can become stuck.

_ Jan. 21, 2010: Toyota recalls 2.3 million Toyota vehicles in the U.S. because the accelerator pedal assembly can become stuck, causing unintended acceleration.

_ Nov. 25: Toyota announces a plan to fix the floor-mat problem by shortening the accelerators so they won't get caught in the floor mat. It also expands the number of vehicles involved to a total of 4.2 million.

_ Oct. 5: Toyota recalls 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the U.S. because floor mats could catch the gas pedal.

_ Sept. 30: Toyota warns owners to remove floor mats from their vehicles because of the potential for them to trap the accelerator, causing sudden acceleration.

_ Aug. 28, 2009: Fatal crash in Santee, Calif., involving loaner 2009 Lexus ES350 with all-weather floor mat from another Lexus product. Previous driver of loaner vehicle had reported entrapment incident to dealership.

The Late, Great USA