Consumer Advisory: Toyota Announces Recall of 110,000 Tundra Pickups for Excessive Corrosion

NHTSA 11-09
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Contact: Eric Bolton

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Info on Car Safety Off-Limits to Public



August 18, 2004


The federal agency that oversees auto safety has decided — based largely on arguments from automakers and their Washington, D.C., lobbyists — that reams of data relating to unsafe automobiles or defective parts will not be available to the public.


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Safety Scandal Shames Mitsubishi

New Cover-Up Allegations Hobble Japan’s Fourth-Largest Automaker

By Anthony Faiola
Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, July 6, 2004; Page E01


YOKOHAMA, Japan — Shiho Okamoto was killed while walking home from a neighborhood video store with her two young sons when a 220-pound wheel fell off the front axle of a Mitsubishi truck moving behind her. The wheel crushed Okamoto’s skull and spine.

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Former Mitsubishi President is Arrested


TOKYO — Katsuhiko Kawasoe, the former president of scandal-plagued Mitsubishi Motors Corp., was arrested Thursday on charges related to a cover-up of auto defects suspected in a fatal accident.

Five other Mitsubishi officials, including a former president and vice president of the automaker’s truck unit, were also arrested, and police said all six were in custody.

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Mitsubishi Motors Admits Decades-Long Defect Cover-Up

Japanese automaker adds 26 defects to four made public in 2000.

11:26 AM CDT on Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Associated Press


TOKYO  Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors hid 26 defects in its cars from regulators for years in addition to four problems it publicized in 2000  to avoid issuing recalls for the vehicles, the company said Wednesday.

The automaker said it would immediately start recalling the affected cars, estimated at over 160,000 and most of them sold in Japan.

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Transmissions Prompt Large Honda Recall


Christopher Jensen
Plain Dealer Auto Editor


Honda is recalling about 600,000 of its popular sport utilities and minivans in the U.S. and Canada because the automatic transmissions may fail, the automaker announced Wednesday.

The five-speed transmissions made in Russells Point, Ohio, near Marysville are used in some 2002, 2003 and early 2004 Honda Odyssey minivans as well as 2003 and early 2004 Honda Pilot sport utilities. Also covered are 2001 and 2002 Acura MDX sport utilities.


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Safety Firebrand Refuses to Relent

Fired employee battles Chrysler in courtroom


DETROIT — Paul Sheridan sifted through the pile of police reports, depositions and legal briefs, and stopped at the autopsy photographs of Nancy Lou Whitt.

He had seen dozens of autopsies in more than 100 product-liability lawsuits. But the Whitt case shocked him.

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