GM Blames Toyota for Latest Recall of 1.3 Million Vehicles – US Sales Drop Nearly 9% – More Recalls to come?? Cornwall Ontario – March 3, 2010

It looks like parts sourced from a Toyota supplier are at the root of a recent recall of over one million GM cars over Power Steering issues.


“Bob Lutz, GM’s vice-chairman, on Tuesday told the BBC in Geneva that the supplier – separately identified as JTEKT, a joint venture between Toyoda Machine Works and Koyo Seiko – had not met “all requirements for reliability and durability”.

His criticism came as Toyota, its reputation battered after recalls affecting more than 8m cars and trucks, sought to re­assure US lawmakers at the third congressional hearing in the past 10 days into the safety and reliability of its vehicles.”

These new recalls come as Toyota has been coming under scrutiny by the US government for all sorts of issues including the potential of knowing of issues without issuing recalls on their own.

The impact of these recalls have sales of Ford Motor Vehicles surging in the US and Canada with Ford out selling GM this past month in the US.

Reports have sales of Toyota’s competitors; especially Honda rising on the woes of the worlds number one car maker.


Toyota fell 9 percent as it continues to deal with the fallout from a series of safety recalls.

The other top gainers were: Nissan, up 29 percent; Honda, up 13 percent; General Motors, up 12 percent; and Hyundai, up 10 percent. Chrysler’s sales were essentially unchanged from last year.

Have you driven a Ford lately?


Note: We requested interviews from several local new car dealerships, but most were hesitant to comment on the situation with the Toyota recalls.  However a few did mention that sales were up as were local Toyota trade ins.

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