Florida is the “epicenter” of the Takata airbag debacle which has resulted in the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. Unfortunately, all signs indicate that the severe injuries and deaths will continue into the foreseeable future. The roadways remain flooded with millions of vehicles which may still be equipped with the potentially lethal airbags. Moreover, consumers who take their vehicles in for repairs have been placed on waiting lists due to a lack of replacement parts. Even worse, some of the replacement airbags may be subject to the same danger because they also contain ammonium nitrate, the volatile chemical which may be the root of the problem.
The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a uniquely-styled sports utility vehicle that debuted with a 2007 model that sold approximately 56,225 models upon its release. While that seemed to be good news for Toyota’s position in the compact SUV market, sales of the vehicle dropped to as low as 11,941 in 2009 and 13,656 in 2012.
In a continuation of Toyota’s recent spate of bad news, the world’s leading automobile manufacturer recently announced a recall of the Lexus GX 460 Luxury SUV. This recall was necessitated by a high risk of rollover.
The issue with the SUV was first identified by Consumer Reports magazine after it issued the publication’s first “Don’t Buy” rating to a vehicle since 2001. The high risk of rollover and injury was caused by bad software in the SUV’s Vehicle Stability Control system.