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From Toyota: Be Patient With Us Even Though You Could Die

Updated on June 9, 2014

The Announcement

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 1.3 million vehicles, including certain Model Year 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Tacoma, 2006-2008 RAV4 and 2006-2010 Yaris vehicles.

The driver’s airbag module in the involved vehicles is attached to a spiral cable assembly with electrical connections that could become damaged when the steering wheel is turned. If this occurs, the air bag warning lamp will illuminate. In addition, the driver’s air bag could become deactivated, causing it to not deploy in the event of a crash.

Toyota is not aware of any injuries or fatalities caused by this condition.

Toyota is currently preparing the remedy for this condition. For all involved vehicles, a Toyota dealer will replace the spiral cable with an improved one. Once preparations are complete, Toyota will send an owner notification letter by first class mail and the remedy will be provided at no charge.

Within 1 months time, my wife, Lastheart has received 2 different recall notices from Toyota. Both notices tell of problems, but they also say they are trying to figure out a solution to the problems.Toyota is telling their customers to be patient. They are attempting to come up with solutions.

The fact is: these are 2 dangerous recall notices. Either one could result in serious injury or a fatality.

I believe Toyota should have to do more than just send out letters of intent to fix their problem. I will delve further into that after I explain what both recalls entail.


Seat Springs

The first recall is about the mechanism that holds the seat locked into place.

Supposedly, a spring could break creating an unsafe situation of the seat not locking in place.

When I first saw this recall and what Toyota says, I took it with a grain of salt. I remember old days when we used buckets as seats in old pickups and such.

It is much different when traveling 65-70 MPH in rush hour traffic. If that was to break and you have no control of the seat, an accident could very likely occur.

Below are pictures Maggie took of the recall notices.

Scroll down to see the 2nd recall and my opinions.

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Second Recall

As I stated earlier, I took the seat spring recall somewhat apathetically. Now she gets a notice saying that the drivers side airbag may not function.

Toyota doesn't have a solution for this recall either.

They also put in the paperwork to be patient with them, and added that this safety issue could cause death.

So is a person supposed to not use the car that Toyota sold them until they can figure out how to fix it? This seems quite unreasonable. Toyota made the mistake, they need to supply safe and reliable vehicles to their customers.

Force Toyota To Help

It is this writer's opinion that with the airbag recall, if Toyota does not have a solution, they need to supply safe vehicles to owners of recalled cars.

I know this may sound unreasonable, but is it. If I sold a faulty item, I would have to replace it. Just because we are talking a large corporation doesn't mean they shouldn't have to go by the same standards.

The United States Government and all Toyota owners need to take a stand and demand either fixes or replacements.

Toyota has put many in danger.

What is your opinion? Please comment below.

© 2014 Greg Boudonck


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      Greg Boudonck 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      I also just filed a complaint against this auto manufacturer at the NHTSA. I recommend everyone to stay clear of Toyota.

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      Greg Boudonck 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      My goodness! Toyota is being negligent. I cannot understand how they can even try to charge someone for a product they screwed up. It is also BS that their phone numbers printed on your paperwork don't have anyone answering them.



      You finally got this lady at 787-641-3800

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Thanks for standing by me Greg, writing this means that if I die by Toyota negligence; it was exposed here. I hope you send this hub to their dealers or something.

      I called and after repeating 5 times the same...guess what my Yaris is on a list for three more warnings. I have to be patient, as they say. If I want them to check my car before they find an antidote, it will cost me $70.00 just to check it.

      Toyota is only a name...we the people have this bad habit of sitting others and things on a pedestal, but guess what? when they fall...ouch...

      Thanks and blessings, I hope nobody else gets a Toyota.

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      Greg Boudonck 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Yes, you are correct. This goes with many car companies. It seems they just want to push out more and more vehicles and overlooking safety.

      Thanks for your response MsDora.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      This is an unfortunate situation. My concern is how the cars got past quality inspection. How many inspectors does it take to find the flaw? There have been too many errors on the part on this company over recent years.