State Farm says it warned of Toyota problem in 2007

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010 1:27 PM
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WASHINGTON - The nation's largest auto insurer said today it alerted federal safety regulators in late 2007 about a rise in reports of unexpected acceleration in Toyota vehicles, the latest warning sign to emerge about the massive recall.

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State Farm insurance said it noticed an uptick in reports of unwanted acceleration in Toyotas from its large customer database and warned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in late 2007. NHTSA officials said the report was reviewed and the agency issued a recall later that month.

NHTSA received complaints about acceleration problems in Toyota vehicles as early as 2003, and congressional investigators are looking into whether the government missed warning signs of the problems. A congressional hearing into the Toyota recalls planned for Wednesday was postponed because of a snowstorm expected to hit the capital.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said it will hold the Toyota hearing on Feb. 24, the first of three congressional hearings expected to review the Japanese automaker's recall of about 8.5 million vehicles globally over floor mats which can trap gas pedals, sticking gas pedals and brake problems.

A Democratic staff memo from the Oversight Committee said neither Toyota nor federal safety officials have identified all causes of unintended acceleration in the vehicles. The memo said there was substantial evidence that remedies such as redesigned floor mats have failed to solve the problem.

Meantime, Toyota announced early Tuesday it would recall about 437,000 Prius and other hybrid vehicles to fix brake problems. There have been about 200 complaints in Japan and the U.S. about a delay when the brakes in the Prius were pressed in cold conditions and on some bumpy roads.

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Chillen
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Chillen 02/09/10 - 02:32 pm
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Another Pro Union/Government

Another Pro Union/Government motors press release.

gunnerhall123
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gunnerhall123 02/09/10 - 04:41 pm
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Chillen- Your comment makes

Chillen- Your comment makes no sense at all. Did you actually read the article?

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TheFederalist 02/09/10 - 04:44 pm
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The more this situation is

The more this situation is reported on, the more messy it becomes. Now it turns out that the Feds were notified as early as '07 about this issue. I watched a heartbreaking piece on tv where the relatives of a couple that was killed were interviewed. Their vehicle accelerated suddenly, and the vehicle went across a median, through a guard rail, and into a drainage canal, where it overturned and sank, killing all 4 people inside. A local pastor and his wife, and another couple from their church that were simply on their way to a resturant after church. Absolutely a tragic situation all around, due to so many deaths and injuries, and now we find out that our government knew about it 3 years ago? I am at a loss for words I am so angry.

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Chillen 02/09/10 - 05:24 pm
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gunnerhall yes i read the

gunnerhall yes i read the article, I don't comment on anything I don't read. This Toyota story has been in the news far too much lately. I know this is a different twist but it still points to Toyota.

Apparently you haven't read some of the other articles and comments. There has been significant discussion about the fact that the Unions and this Administration (who support government motors and the unions) are feeding information to the press and blowing this Toyota issue way out of proportion. Tons and tons of other cars have been recalled - with similar, if not much worse problems. Toyota is being demonized and this is being pushed like never before.

I point you to yesterday's editorial http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2010-02-07/friendly-comp...

Is it tragic, certainly. All injuries and accidents are. There have been many from other car companies too but I don't remember it dominating the headlines like this. Overall Toyota has been a reliable car made by non-union shops. It is just ironic. Make sense now?

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gunnerhall123 02/09/10 - 06:03 pm
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Some of the models that are

Some of the models that are apart of the Toyota recall are Union made. What's awesome is that to back up your facts you sent me to an editorial. Editorials are opinions my friend. The fact that you call General Motors "Government Motors" already tells folks that you can't have an open conversation about this. Good look with the conspiracies!!!!!!!!!

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Chillen 02/09/10 - 06:21 pm
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Sorry, but its the way many

Sorry, but its the way many feel. You are welcome to try and disprove it though. Please point me to the multitudes of Ford or Chevy articles that were written for their safety recalls. And it must be at least 2-3 articles per day for a week or two running for it to even be a close comparison.

And in case you didn't know, most everyone's comments on here are opinion. Even yours. Again, if you'd kept up with the latest news, you would have understood the comment and not made such a rude remark. You may not agree but there was no need to be rude.

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gunnerhall123 02/09/10 - 08:03 pm
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Rude remark? Really?. I shall

Rude remark? Really?. I shall use kid gloves from now on when conversing with you. Keeping up with the latest news is what I get paid to do. I would hope that there would be 2-3 articles a day about this recall. This is the largest recall in history. Over 9 MILLION cars are being recalled. There are over 9 million people on the road right now that are in danger. I can only hope that the media would run even more stories until every car has been fixed.

Chillen
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Chillen 02/09/10 - 08:09 pm
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Don't worry, they will.

Don't worry, they will.

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imdstuf 02/09/10 - 08:11 pm
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Well we will see how Toyota

Well we will see how Toyota handles this. I think they will do the best they can. If they solve the problem it will blow over eventually. Remember the Ford Explorer/Firestone tire thing years ago?

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disssman 02/10/10 - 08:58 am
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Hot off the press. The

Hot off the press. The Corolla is being recalled starting today for problems with the steering. Chillen maybe you could direct us to a union made vehicle manufacturer U.S. or chinese, that is having problems with their vehicles (more than one) killing people because of shoddy design or construction. And it appears to be the entire fleet and is not restricted to a single model. BTW I asked for chinese because the work force there is really going union to make sure workers are paid and taken care of just like your beloved CEO's.

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