I Applaud Toyota for Stopping Production until Safety Issues are Addressed

Refreshing a Giarnt Corporation doing the Right Thing!

Toyota Motor Corporation has stopped production on eight popular vehicles while they figure out how to repair faulty accelerator systems. Toyota has a reputation for quality and value in the automotive sector which according to JD Powers is second to none. So I applaud this effort to put safety first ahead of profits.

The most recent troubles for Toyota began on Monday when it said it would suspend sales in the United States of eight models already subject to a safety recall for accelerator pedals that could stick. The move follows two recalls to fix potential acceleration problems on 4.8 million vehicles in the United States.

Toyota is also halting production of the models at five facilities in the United States and Canada for at least the first week of February.

The eight models represented 57 percent of Toyota's U.S. sales in 2009 and include the Camry and Corolla sedans, two of the best-selling cars in the U.S. market.

I really wonder if an American Manufacturer would do the same? Ford has known about roll over problems with 15 passenger vans for years, but never took them off the market. If you can remember the tire problem from a couple of years back with the Ford Explorer you will note they did not take that product off the market either.

This is going to cost Toyota a lot of money in the short term, but I believe in the long term it will win them more customers.

Yes this is going to hurt Toyota, but it’s a very smart move as well. Having to deal with a flood of law suits could hurt them even more down the road.

So I view this as good for Toyota, good for consumers, and good for Corporate Responsibility.

FYI: 80% of Toyota Camry parts are manufactured in the United States and the majority of Toyota cars sold in the United States are built in the United States. Toyota now manufactures 10 vehicles in North America: the Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Sienna, Solara, Tacoma, Tundra, and Lexus RX330. We have more than 36,000 employees in America and the Center for Automotive Research on Cars found that there are some 400,000 spin-off jobs,” said Vanov. “Look at our new plant (Toyota’s second full-sized truck manufacturing facility) in San Antonio, Texas, which we broke ground for in 2003.

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