Toyota: Corolla Recall Could Be Next

Toyota's quality control executive says the automaker is looking into possible power-steering problems with the Corolla subcompact, the world's best-selling car, and is considering a recall.

Shinichi Sasaki, who oversees quality at Toyota Motor Corp., said Wednesday that details of what may be wrong and the number of cars that could need repairs were still unclear.

He said the automaker is considering a recall, but no decision has been made as the company was still looking into the complaints in the U.S., which are fewer than 100.

At the same press conference, Toyota's president Akio Toyoda said he won't attend a U.S. Congressional hearing on the automaker's safety lapses.

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  • by Traveler on Feb 17, 2010 at 04:24 PM
    Toyota owners should be prepared for their resale value to plummet. If it were me, I'd be selling or trading while I could. Dealers aren't going to be able to sell these cars with all the negative publicity.
  • by Hobie Cat on Feb 17, 2010 at 01:16 PM
    Our 2005 toto isn't the best either,seat belts don't work ,factory wiper blade scratched the windshield, ect. If toto admits its the junk chineese parts in these cars are the problems.
  • by R Location: Boston on Feb 17, 2010 at 09:34 AM
    I bought my first toyota last year and was so excited to be a Toyota owner. Toyota was one of the best cars on the road so I was 100% positive that was the car I wanted to go with but I have had nothing but problems with it. I loved my ford, volkswagen and Mazda more than I like this 2009 Corolla. Feels like the car is going to fall apart while driving, nothing but problems. I assumed I had just bought a lemom but I am pretty sure Toyota has gone from being one of the best cars on the road to one of the worst cars on the road and they deserve this bad reputation right now. It is no one elses fault but their own!!!!!! What have they done differently in the past few years that brought their popular cars to such a hault in sales and production?!?! Brakes, Acellerator, hydraulics, floormats, power steering; these are some pretty big recalls! I know I am getting rid of my brand new Toyota Corolla, asap!!!!
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Feb 17, 2010 at 06:18 AM
    Help decrease the national debt buy buying a car from an American car company. Ford and GM are good examles.
  • by john Location: washington on Feb 17, 2010 at 06:10 AM
    Perhaps they got to LEAN.
  • by Traveler on Feb 17, 2010 at 05:28 AM
    I doubt Ford and GM are responsible for Toyota's problems. Toyota has developed these inevitable miscues because of their global size and the need to meet greater demand. No matter what their reputation was before, they have dealt themselves a terrible blow right at a time where the domestics (particularly Ford) are emerging with popular, reliable vehicles. Just as is did with the American automakers, it will take some time for Toyota to recover their tarnished image.
  • by kathy Location: g ville on Feb 17, 2010 at 05:05 AM
    I think Ford, GMC .. all the american car companies are loving this and may even be behind all this.. because toyota is such a great car and people dont normally go back to american cars after owning a toyota.

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