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Those Toyotas: You've Been Taken for a Ride!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

What'll it take to put you behind the wheel of a brand-spanking-new 2010 Toyota? It's Non-Stop Bargain Days here at Frantic Fred's Four-Star Motors -- and it looks like highway robbery!

Toyoda, Toyota, Congress and the FBI

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

I've often joked that Japanese businessmen have 100 ways to say "I don't know" and 1,000 ways to not take responsibility. Those watching the hearings yesterday got about a four-hour example of all that live.

What Toyota Needs To Do

Philip G. Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Philip G. Baker

It's now time for Mr. Toyoda to move aside the marketing, PR, and damage control people that just obfuscate the issue, and do what's in the best interests of his customers,

Akio Toyota To Testify: Toyota President Will Go Before Congress To Talk About Recalls

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Toyota president Akio Toyoda said Thursday he will testify at a congressional hearing next week about the automaker's massive recal...

Toyota Recall: Two Toyota Employees, Former NHTSA Regulators, Got US To Stop Accelerator Probes

Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Former regulators hired by Toyota Motor Corp. helped end at least four U.S. investigations of unintended acceleration by compa...

Toyota Recall: Automaker Delayed And Gave Excuses, Gas Pedal Problems First Noticed In 2003

Huffington Post | Ryan McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The recall of nearly 8 million Toyota vehicles was years in the making and was complicated by excuses offered to regulators and by delay tactics emplo...

The Human Costs of Pander: What a Budget Freeze Would Mean for Protecting Our Health and Safety

Rena Steinzor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

President Obama's expected State of the Union announcement that he plans to seek a freeze on non-security discretionary spending is an early warning s...

Biggest-ever Toyota Recall Announced; 3.8 Million Cars and Trucks

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Toyota's floor mat recall is a bit unusual because owners are being asked to "make the fix" right away and on their own; this tell us the government considers the problem an immediate and important safety risk.

Clunker Law: What You Need to Know

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Check the (current) status of your car, and if you're interested in the program and your vehicle is now eligible, get down to a new car dealer fast, before DC steps in again to "help" or "clarify."

Memo to Detroit: Change Now or Die

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Most Americans think you have brought this disaster upon yourselves, with inferior, irrelevant products the past 35 years.

Search New NHTSA Database for Alleged Deaths, Injuries, Property Damage Records of Any Car or Truck

Steve Parker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Steve Parker

The government has posted on the Web a database that allows consumers to look up the number of alleged deaths, injuries and cases of property damage involving passenger vehicles.

NHTSA: Ford's Chinese Tire Troubles; Kerkorian Selling Ford; Unsafe Knock-Offs; Americans Driving Less

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

There's good news, bad news and -- finally -- some smart, encouraging news by and for American drivers.

Debate -- McCain calls Nuclear Safety Advocates "Extreme Environmentalists"

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Parker

McCain made a gaffe (not as bad as when he called Obama "Senator Government"), which got me thinking and worried me greatly.

A Teachable Moment on Energy Policy: Demand-Side Policy Beats Drilling by More than 20 to 1

Mark Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mark Cooper

While the administration is busy beating up Congress for not acting to solve the energy crisis -- it is the administration that has dropped the ball.

BMW Recalling 200,000 Vehicles

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — BMW AG said Wednesday it was recalling 200,000 vehicles over concerns that the front passenger air bag may not deploy in a crash. ...

Brigham Young Would Be Proud

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Unless we lower demand, the price for oil is going up over the next seven years, not down. There is, after all, considerable evidence that when the oil industry speaks, the Bush administration listens.

The Detroit Three --- Making Any Relevant Cars or Trucks?

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

That the Detroit Three have to build cars and trucks which make sense now and in the future, and which Americans want to buy.