There are many news articles recently about the Toyota recall debacle. I stopped counting when the number of vehicles recalled for sudden acceleration and diminished braking reached 8.5 million worldwide.
Safety Research & Strategies Inc. reported Jan. 28 it documented 2,262 reported incidents of sudden acceleration involving Toyota vehicles since 1999. Those cases resulted in 815 crashes, 341 injuries and 19 deaths. So far the recall includes the Camry, Corolla, Prius, Avalon sedan, Lexus, Matrix, RAV4, Highlander and Sequola SUVs and Tundra pickups. For the last 10 years, Toyota has benefitted greatly in sales and increased market share as a result of the high quality ratings received from the organizations that rate cars for quality. Toyota failed to report the above defects to these organizations for 11 years.
Our government has ordered Toyota to turn over documents related to its massive recalls pressing to see how long the automaker knew of safety defects before taking action.
I wonder how much market share was lost by the U.S. automakers during this period of time.