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Ford’s Lincoln tops in vehicle dependability

Ford’s Lincoln luxury car brand scored No. 1 in dependability in the latest annual survey from J.D. Power and Associates, its first time in the top spot.

The survey asks owners of three-year-old cars how many problems they’ve had with their vehicles. The results are then tallied in terms of the problems per 100 vehicles. Get the full story »

Toyota to recall 2.2M vehicles in U.S.

Toyota Motor recalled nearly 2.2 million vehicles, citing a defect that could cause gas pedals to stick, in an extension of the safety crisis that has hounded the world’s top automaker for more than a year.

The surprise action on Thursday extended a damaging string of recalls covering 19 million Toyota vehicles worldwide since 2009, mainly over complaints of unintended acceleration linked to defective floormats and gas pedals. Get the full story »

NASA unlikely to report defects in Toyotas

An investigation into sudden acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles by the nation’s space agency is expected to report Tuesday that no significant electronic defects have been found, though the issue requires continued monitoring, according to automotive electronics and safety experts.

The NASA report was commissioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after thousands of owners complained that their Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles accelerated unexpectedly, causing dozens of deaths.

The study was launched in March in the wake of three congressional investigations. It is scheduled to be made public at a press conference in Washington.

Toyota recalling 1.7 million more vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it will recall 1.705 million vehicles worldwide due to faulty parts including defective fuel devices, giving the company’s once-prestigious reputation for quality another black eye.

The Japanese auto maker said that 1.28 million vehicles in Japan and a combined 421,000 vehicles in North America, Europe and other markets, including nearly 245,000 Lexus sedans sold in the U.S. are subject to recall. Get the full story »

Honda joins Toyota in recall over brakes

Two major Japanese automakers — Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co.  –  said Thursday that they were recalling millions of vehicles to fix brakes that could leak fluids and hamper stopping power.

Toyota is calling back and repairing free 1.53 million Avalon, Highlander and Lexus vehicles. Honda said it was recalling an undetermined number of Acura sedans and Odyssey minivans. Get the full story »

Mercedes, Lexus dealers tops with secret shoppers

A host of mystery shoppers sent to critique dealerships across the country gave luxury brands such as Mercedes-Benz and Lexus high marks and put Ford and Lincoln above the industry average.

The study of dealerships, released Monday, also found that fewer salespeople offer vehicle brochures that customers can take home. Only 57 percent of dealerships offer brochures, compared with 62 percent in 2007. Get the full story »

Lexus recall 3 years in making, Toyota says

Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday that it had received reports more than three years ago of faulty engine valve springs at the center of a U.S. recall of nearly 139,000 luxury Lexus vehicles it announced last week.

Toyota plans to recall 270,000 luxury Lexus and Toyota Crown vehicles across the U.S., Japan, Canada, Australia, Europe and other countries due to the potential defects that could lead to engine failures. Get the full story »

Toyota mulls recall on Lexus engine problems

Toyota Motor Corp by Thursday morning had not yet alerted U.S. safety regulators of a recall of one Toyota and seven Lexus models for possible engine stalling while driving, a federal safety official said.

Toyota officials in Tokyo earlier on Thursday said the world’s top automaker was considering “some kind of measure” that may include the recall of 270,000 vehicles worldwide. Get the full story »