October 18, 2009 |
The 2009 Lexus ES 350 shot through suburban San Diego like a runaway missile, weaving at 120 miles an hour through rush hour freeway traffic as flames flashed from under the car. At the wheel, veteran California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Saylor desperately tried to control the 272-horsepower engine that was roaring at full throttle as his wife, teenage daughter and brother-in-law were gripped by fear. "We're in trouble. . . . There's no brakes," Saylor's brother-in-law Chris Lastrella told a police dispatcher over a cellphone.
January 22, 2010
What's affected Toyota said Thursday that it would recall the following vehicles to address what it described as a sticky gas pedal that could lead to unintended acceleration: Avalon, 2005-10 Camry, 2007-10 Corolla, 2009-10 Highlander, 2010 Matrix, 2009-10 RAV4, 2009-10 Sequoia, 2008-10 Tundra, 2007-10 Note: Toyota also said the Pontiac Vibe, which it manufactured in...
December 23, 2009
Recalls to fix various problems Since 2000, Toyota has issued eight unique recalls to fix various problems that it said could cause unintended acceleration or a loss of speed control, according to a Times computerized search of federal regulatory filings. The recalls, including the identifying recall number, are listed below: 1998-2001 Camry: The accelerator cable housing could be deformed and break, potentially causing the throttle to stick. 01V012000. 2000 Tacoma, Echo, Corolla and Camry: A clip that holds a speed control device to the accelerator linkage could break and cause the accelerator to stick.
November 5, 2009 |
Federal safety regulators have sharply rebuked Toyota Motor Corp. for issuing "inaccurate and misleading" statements asserting that no defect exists in the 3.8 million vehicles it recalled after a Lexus sedan accelerated out of control in San Diego County, killing four people. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a statement Wednesday that the recalled Toyota and Lexus vehicles do have an "underlying defect" that involves the design of the accelerator pedal and the driver's foot well.
November 29, 2009 |
Eric Weiss was stopped at a busy Long Beach intersection last month when he said his 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup unexpectedly started accelerating, forcing him to stand on the brakes to keep the bucking truck from plowing into oncoming cars. Toyota Motor Corp. says the gas pedal design in Weiss' truck and more than 4 million other Toyota and Lexus vehicles makes them vulnerable to being trapped open by floor mats, and on Wednesday, it announced a costly recall to fix the problem. But Weiss is convinced his incident wasn't caused by a floor mat. He said he removed the mats in his truck months earlier on the advice of his Toyota dealer after his truck suddenly accelerated and rear-ended a BMW. "The brakes squealed and the engine roared," the 52-year-old cabinet maker said of the most recent episode.
May 23, 2010 |
Five months before the new 2002 Lexus ES hit showroom floors, the company's U.S. engineers sent a test report to Toyota City in Japan: The luxury sedan shifted gears so roughly that it was "not acceptable for production." The warning was sent to Toyota Executive Vice President Katsuaki Watanabe on May 16, 2001. Days later, another Japanese executive sent an e-mail to top managers saying that despite misgivings among U.S. officials, the 2002 Lexus was "marginally acceptable for production."
March 30, 1990 |
Lexus is sticking its money where its agency is. Team One Advertising, the same agency that has helped drive Lexus to impressive sales, sped off Thursday with the estimated $20-million to $30-million annual ad business for the newly formed national Lexus Dealer Assn. The El Segundo-based agency already handles the estimated $60-million-plus national ad business for Lexus. The new account is among the largest awarded on the West Coast in months.
April 19, 2013 |
Toyota Motor Co. plans to build Lexus cars in the U.S. when it completes an expansion of the factory in Kentucky where it makes the Camry and Avalon sedans. Toyota said Friday it will shift production of the Lexus ES 350 from a factory in Kyushu, Japan, to the Georgetown, Ky., complex, a move that will create about 750 new jobs at the plant. The automaker will invest $360 million in the factory and also receive $146.5 million in tax incentives from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority.
December 6, 2009 |
The high-speed crash of a Lexus ES 350 that killed an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer and his family Aug. 28 may have been caused by the car's accelerator pedal becoming trapped by a rubber floor mat, but a range of other possible electronic or mechanical problems could not be ruled out, investigators for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department have found. The crash, which killed CHP Officer Mark Saylor, his wife, daughter and brother-in-law, has led to the recall of more than 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles to fix what federal safety regulators have called "a very dangerous problem" involving the amount of clearance between the gas pedal and the rubber floor mats.
April 19, 2013 |
Toyota's announcement Friday that it will start building the Lexus ES 350 at a factory in Georgetown, Ky., is part of a larger policy of moving production of cars to the markets where they are sold that could result in the automaker's Prius hybrid being built in the U.S. In an interview with The Times, Toyota's North American CEO Jim Lentz said the Prius would be the only major gap in Toyota's North American production once the Lexus assembly line...