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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 Rollover Rating

Rollovers are among the most dangerous types of vehicle crashes due to the high incidence of occupant ejection and head injuries.
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SUV rollover ratings have gotten a poor score according to recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released for 14 SUVs from the 2003-year. None of the SUVs included in the SUV rollover ratings received a four or five star rollover rating, showing little improvement from the 2001 year. The SUV rollover ratings were highly scrutinized due to the debate over SUV safety.

Following the Bridgestone/Firestone Ford rollover deaths in 2001, SUV rollover ratings have become that much more of a focal point. Consumer groups have become especially angry at the lack of major improvements made with recent SUV rollover ratings as statistics show the number of SUV rollover deaths continue to rise, alongside the increase in popularity of the dangerous vehicles. Most concerning to many is that SUVs have become the second most popular vehicle to transport children in behind minivans, which based on the recent SUV rollover ratings is concerning.

Eighty two percent of the increase of highway deaths in 2002, which was the highest level since 1990, was attributed to fatal rollover crashes with SUV rollover increasing 14% in one year alone. The SUV rollover ratings were even more anticipated after the NHTSA chief stated earlier this year at an auto conference that he “wouldn’t buy my kid a two-star rollover vehicle if it was the last one on Earth.” The poor SUV rollover ratings are sure to continue to cause debate, and while the statement was misinterpreted according to the chief, he has expressed continuous concern about the SUV rollover rating.

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