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Toyota recalls 2.7 million

By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Posted: 7 am ET

Howdy, cowpokes, and welcome to another recall roundup. This month there have already been around 3 million rootin'-tootin' recalls, and here are the details on the biggest of the bunch. Yeehaw!

  • It's no surprise Toyota's latest recall is the biggest doggie in this herd. The automaker issued recalls affecting 2.7 million Toyota and Lexus SUVs and cars for accelerator-pedal interference issues similar to those that plagued the company in 2009. All the recalls involve adjustments to various components in the drivers' side footwell that can jam the accelerator pedal, causing unintended acceleration. The models affected are 2003-2009 Toyota 4Runners; 2008-2011 Lexus LX570s; 2006-2010 RAV4s; 2004-2007 RX330s, RX350s and RX400Hs; and 2006-2007 GS300s and GS350s. For more information, contact Toyota at (800) 331-4331.
The Toyota 4Runner was one of the many Toyota models recalled this month.

The Toyota 4Runner was one of the many Toyota models recalled this month.

  • Ford issued a recall of 144,000 F-150 trucks from model years 2005-2006 over airbags that could deploy without warning. The recall falls far short of the 1.3 million trucks the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wanted to include. To date, the defect has caused 77 injuries to passengers, according to David Shepardson at The Detroit News. Those faulty Fords join another 300,000 F-150s from model years 2009-2010 recalled earlier this month because of door handles that could cause the trucks' doors to open in a crash. For more information on both recalls, contact Ford at (866) 436-7332.
  • Honda issued a recall of nearly 100,000 Fit subcompact cars from model years 2009 to 2010. The cause of the recall was a faulty spring in the engine's variable valve timing system that could cause the car to stall without warning in traffic. Owners are entitled to a free repair and can contact Honda at (800) 999-1009 for more information.
  • It's not a recall yet, but the NHTSA is looking into stalling complaints in nearly 100,000 diesel-powered Volkswagen Jetta and Golf models and Audi A3 models. The investigation stems from 160 complaints of engine stall or loss of power in cars equipped with Volkswagen's 2-liter, four cylinder turbo-diesel engine. The NHTSA investigation is focusing on the high pressure fuel pump used in the cars. Volkswagen, for its part, says the problem isn't faulty engines but bad diesel fuel, so stay tuned.
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