Toyota Recall Prompts Apology

Toyota’s President Akio Toyoda has apologized for the massive Toyota recall as well as the problems with its popular Prius hybrid. The recalls concern accelerator pedals that stick as well as floor mats that are improperly designed. The Prius has suffered from reports of brake malfunctions but has not been recalled.
Today’s NY Times features an article about another potential headache for the foreign car manufacturer. According to the story, a 77-year-old former autoworker was killed instantly in 2008 when her 2005 Toyota Camry accelerated out of control, jumped a curb and hit a tree. Toyota officials are now focusing their investigation on the electronic system that controls the throttle and engine speed.
None of this is good news for the once reliable auto company. In some of these cases, Toyota lawsuits have been filed. It is not yet known how many people have been injured as a result of these mechanical defects.