Toyota Recalls Another Vehicle

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In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, we’ll quickly fill you in on what’s been going on with Toyota: first, several models were recalled because of sticky accelerators, which Toyota was quick to dismiss as the floor mats getting caught on top of the accelerators (which was bull). Then, they recalled the Prius because the regenerative braking system had problems and would fail under heavy braking conditions. Then they recalled the Lexus RX430 for problems under heavy cornering conditions – it would roll over all the time. And now they’re recalling the Lexus HS250 because of gas leaks.

This is bad. I mean, companies recall vehicles all the time – many auto transport companies deal with recalled vehicles. But Toyota’s recalls take the cake. Four different recalls have been issued since September of last year, this being the fourth, and Toyota has already lost valuable market share and consumer confidence since then. According to the NHTSA, the new Lexus, when struck from behind, is lifted off the ground during a collision, which is when the fuel is leaked, causing a major fire hazard, because, you know, when metal strikes other metal, sparks typically fly. These sparks can and have ignited the gasoline, which ignites the vehicle, which then explodes.

So if you bought a Lexus HS250 recently, I’m sorry. Get your money back. And then go buy a Ford.

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