Toyota recalls Tacoma pickups for valve spring issue

Toyota has announced another recall, the third one in the past month. This time, it’s for their Tacoma mid-sized pickup. In all, approximately 4000 of the pickups produced for the 2013-2014 model years will be affected. The recall is for Tacomas that are equipped with the 2.7 liter four-cylinder engine. It has been determined that the engine valve spring…

Toyota recalls several vehicles to fix windshield wipers

Toyota announced a recall earlier today involving several of their vehicles, for potentially defective windshield wipers. The vehicles affected include:   2013 – 2014 Toyota Camry 2013 – 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid 2013 Toyota Avalon 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid 2014 Toyota Corolla All of these vehicles were extensively redesigned in the past couple of years, although the…

Toyota recalls Sienna minivan for a gearshift lever issue

Toyota has announced that they will be recalling their popular Sienna minivan for a gearshift lever issue. In all, nearly 615,000 vehicles that were produced for both the 2004-2005, as well as the 2007-2009 model years are affected. The issue with the gearshift lever is that there is a defect in the shift lever assembly that…

Toyota recalls crossovers and hybrid sedans again for revised repair procedure

Following up from a previous Toyota recall from November (itself the result of an investigation from June 2012), the Japanese automakers is issuing another recall for the same vehicles. To recap, about 780,000 2006-2011 RAV4 crossovers and the Lexus HS250h hybrid sedan (which was discontinued last year) are being recalled for a rear tie-rod revised adjustment. The June…

Dual Toyota recalls for a number of issues

Toyota has announced today that they will be recalling several of their vehicles, including those from their luxury division, Lexus. In all, over 369,000 vehicles worldwide are affected by the recall, and of those, nearly 235,000 are in the United States. The larger Toyota recall of the two involves the 2006-2010 Highlander hybrid SUVs, as well as the…

Two new Toyota sports cars are officially a go

Back in December of last year, it was rumored that Toyota would add two new sports cars to their lineup, to bookend their all-new RWD sports car, the Scion FR-S (co-developed with Subaru, of which Toyota owns approximately 18% of Fuji Heavy Industries). According to Car Advice, per chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, has officially confirmed that their…

Federal judge approves Toyota unintended acceleration lawsuit settlement

In perhaps the final chapter of the infamous Toyota recall unintended acceleration saga, the federal judge presiding over the case approved the terms of the settlement on Friday. The class-action lawsuit was over the design defects that cause the vehicles to accelerate without warning and/or any involvement from the driver.  Also, due to the numerous Toyota recalls and scrutiny…

2014 Lexus IS

Lexus has released the details of its all-new IS sports sedan today at the North American International Auto Show. As before, it will be available in both rear and all-wheel drive, as well as with three different six-cylinder engines. More so, the F SPORT will also continue in its evolved form as well. The design…