Toyota Slows Output to Address Quality Problems

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by James, Aug 25, 2006.

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    TOKYO, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp., Japan's biggest auto
    maker, is considering delaying the introduction of some new models by
    as much as half a year amid a series of recalls and quality problems,
    the Wall Street Journal said on Friday, citing people familiar with the

    Toyota, which has built its reputation on offering safe and reliable
    cars at reasonable prices, is plagued with a rise in vehicle recalls
    and faces a legal probe into its past recall practice.

    To improve quality, the auto maker is considering adding as much as
    three to six months to development lead time, which is usually two to
    three years, affecting a relatively wide range of projects, the paper

    The next Sienna minivan, Solara sports coupe and Avalon sedan are among
    models that could be affected, it said.

    Toyota has recalled more than one million vehicles in Japan so far this
    year and issued a recall of some 400,000 SUVs in the United States, its
    single-biggest market, in July.

    It is being investigated by prosecutors in Kumamoto, southern Japan,
    over whether its quality-control managers wrongly delayed a recall
    filing that could have prevented a road accident in 2004 that injured a
    couple and their three young children.
    James, Aug 25, 2006
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