Can Toyota be trusted?

In the past five years, Toyota as had many customer recalls for mechanical issues on some of their big name vehicles like the Yaris, the Tacoma and etc. It appears their troubles have not passed; another recall has been mailed out to some more japanes car owners.

It is now the Prius, Toyota's coveted hybrid model that as been recalled for an engine bolt defect.  If the problem is not fixed, an alarm might go off and prevent the car from starting.  Toyota also made recalls for alot of Lexus models which have a simular issues.  Now over millions of cars have been recalled for seat belt issues, brake malfunction, engine failure and other dangerous and important safety issues.  So should we continue to purchase Toyota vehicles if they have proven again and again to fail in some way?

Well the fact is that Toyota has proven to be reluctant in this situation.  The solution is simple: improve the assembly line and conduct better quality checks.  But business is business and since the demand for Toyota's have been increasing because of their low gas milage and reduced prices worldwide, the supply keeps growing. If your the owner of Toyota, would you change your ways?  You're making money and your company is succeeding.  In the unstable market we are in, the time and place for change is crucial.  In our economy, it is now survival to the finish and with Toyota's competition growing, can they afford to slow down the assembly process and augment it's cost?  This put's the owner in a nearly impossible situation.  So with no sign of change along the way, maybe it would be wiser for people to side with american cars, or even Honda and other companies while Toyota ends the recall crisis.

 

http://www.thestar.com/business/2013/09/04/latest_toyota_recall_389000_v...

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I'm answering to you first question or your title that we should trust Toyota. Even with the last recalls, Toyota had always been a great car's company. We don't really see 1996 Ford or Honda cars that are still on the market. A good quality of Toyota is that they are lasting and not really expensive depending on the modal. A friend of mine has a Toyota Tercel 1996 with 300 000 kilos who stills roll. We must give a chance to Toyota’s news products they may improve them in the next few years. If the Prius can be durable as other Toyota’s modals it will be a success. The Toyota Prius is not the only hybrid car that had recalls.We need to give a chance to hybrid cars, if we want in the future to only have that type of car. It's already a good starting to help the earth case. This website is showing other cars that had recalls not only Toyota’s. http://www.motortrend.com/new_cars/11/hybrid_car/recalls/
They need to be improved in all companies.

This article caught my eye because I drive a vehicle made by Toyota and I have also questioned myself about the reliability of their vehicles, old and new, since the recalls they have faced in recent years.

In my opinion, people should continue to purchase Toyotas because recalls are not limited to Toyota and actually common enough in the automotive industry. The carmaker’s multiple recalls in recent years have been highly publicized, but people tend to forget that many of the other automakers have had to recall a great number of vehicles as well. According to a list on MSN Autos (http://editorial.autos.msn.com/10-largest-auto-recalls-in-history?page=0) of the 10 biggest automobile recalls, Toyota’s 2010 recall appears at number 4, while companies like Ford take the 1st, 2nd and 6th spots and GM shows up at positions 3, 5 and 7.

To address the issue of whether Toyota can be trusted, the Toyota brand has been very reliable in the past. I am not saying that for this sole reason, their cars should be trusted. Rather, one of the main selling points for Toyotas has always been their reliability and the brand has been built upon that. If their cars were really becoming seriously unreliable, less and less people would buy them and that would hurt the company. So it is natural for a car company known for the reliability of its products to put much effort into ensuring that its cars stay dependable. People still buy Toyotas because it is a brand they have come to know and trust.

In regards to your argument, I do not believe that Toyota would have to sacrifice business and production for more thorough quality control. There are definitely ways of improving vehicle reliability throughout the assembly line that do not require the whole process to be halted and rethought. As for the potential augmented costs of reworking certain assembly processes, they should not even be part of the question because they directly impact the safety of Toyota’s customers, which is an absolute priority.

Toyota has worked hard to build its brand image and consumer trust. This post (http://theweekinethics.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/the-week-in-ethics-the-r...) outlines what Toyota has been doing in order to improve the safety of its cars and reduce the risk of having to face more recalls.

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