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Toyota issues recall announcement affecting 880,000 vehicles

May 2005-Toyota Motor Corp. said it is recalling about 880,000 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pickup trucks worldwide because of a defect that could affect steering. In the United States, 774,856 Toyota SUVs and pickup trucks have been recalled, including the 2001-2004 model years of the Tacoma, the 2001-2002 versions of the 4Runner and the 2002-2004 model years of the Tundra and Sequoia. Toyota's recall announcement also affects 22,000 vehicles in Japan, 22,000 vehicles in Europe, 14,000 vehicles in Australia and 10,800 vehicles throughout the rest of the world. Read More

SUV Safety

"SUV Opinion Gap Continues to Spread"

July 22, 2003
In 1985, new SUV sales were at 2% compared to 25% today. The fast growing popularity of SUVs is criticized by many because of the high number of fatal SUV rollover crashes that were reported in 2002, a dramatic increase from previous years. In addition, many people are concerned with the impact that an increase in SUVs on the road, and thus an increase in the frequency of SUV rollovers will result in for other people on the roads. While SUVs provide more safety for SUV occupants in general, for the other car drivers and passengers they increase danger.

Safety issues relating to SUV rollovers are a highly focused on subject and one of the top priorities that the NHTSA is looking at. Early this year, NHTSA’s Dr. Jeffrey Runge got into trouble with the Bush administration when he indicated he would never buy a lower rated SUV due to the risks of SUV rollovers for his daughter, even if it were the “last vehicle on earth.” Although Runge has corrected his statement, for critics of the automobile industry’s SUVs, the statement only fueled the fire. Contact us for more information on SUV rollover accidents.

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