Toyota Executives Fail To Recall Faulty Vehicle ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Toyota Executives Fail To Recall Faulty Vehicle

Police officials in Japan have filed papers accusing executives at Toyota Motor Corp. of deliberately failing to recall a faulty vehicle. The officials claim that the three executives - all responsible for quality control - knew the Toyota Hilux Surf, a recreational car sold in Japan, had a faulty relay system of rods in the steering column, when the problem first emerged around 1995. And police believe the fault may have led to an accident in August 2004 where five people were injured after a Hilux veered out of control and collided with another car. Despite numerous customer complaints about the Hilux during 1996, Toyota didn't actually issue a recall until October when they recalled 330,000 models made between 1988 and 1996. The allegation of deliberately failing to issue a recall on a vehicle known to be faulty is a serious one - fellow Japanese car corporation Mitsubishi was rocked with scandal when courts ruled that a Mitsubishi vehicle which caused the death of a pedestrian had faults the car makers were in full knowledge of. The controversy tainted the Mitsubishi brand image and led to a significant decline in sales.

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