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Toyota recalls raise questions of how many defective cars may be on the road

Posted On Tue, February 9, 2010

Amid news that Toyota has instituted yet another recall of some of their newer vehicles due to malfunctioning parts after bowing to pressure and receiving numerous complaints from customers, drivers are more aware than ever of the dangers presented by defective vehicles.

After waiting for a prolonged period before instituting a recall of a number of their vehicles due to a faulty accelerator that could sometimes stick, the company waited almost a week as complaints mounted regarding the braking system of 2010 Prius and Lexus HS 250h models before finally instituting a recall on Tuesday.

"We're committed to doing everything we can - as fast as we can - to restore consumer trust in Toyota, and these recalls are part of this effort," said Jim Lentz, President and Chief Operating Officer, Toyota Motor Sales.

"We are taking steps to implement more stringent quality control across the company, to investigate customer complaints more aggressively and to respond more quickly to any safety issues we identify," he added.

While Toyota is now addressing the problems affecting many of their vehicles, their initial hesitance to implement a recall may speak to a lack of action that many car companies initially take after learning of a defect in a car that could either be an isolated issue or a model-wide error.

If a motorist is involved in an accident caused in part due to a defect that has not yet been addressed through a recall, having a comprehensive auto insurance plan will likely take care of any costs that the dealer is not required to cover.

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