The latest recall involving defective airbags made by Japan’s Takata involves 247,000 Toyotas largely in the southern states. Safety officials say the airbags can rupture and spray metal shrapnel around the interior. The recall involves the Toyota Corolla, Lexus SC coupe, Corolla Matrix, Sequoia, and Tundra from model years 2001-04. It should be noted that Toyota is not the only brand with the Takata air bags – some 16 million vehicles worldwide have been recalled.
Toyota is urging owners of the affected vehicles to quickly schedule a service visit to dealers where a new passenger side airbag inflator will be installed. It said if parts are not available at the time, “the dealer will install a glove box hang tag informing occupants that the front passenger seat should not be occupied until the inflator assembly is replaced and the airbag is fully functional.”
Just catching up with a London Sunday Times report that Jaguar Land Rover is in talks with leaders in some southern states about building a factory in the U.S. Automotive News said the company did not confirm or deny the report.
With the price of gas falling below $3 a gallon in many places, it is becoming more difficult for dealers to sell economy cars, given the trends spotlighted in the September sales figures. Now Ford has announced a second price reduction for its all-electric Focus. It chopped $6K off the price bringing it to $29,995 with transportation included. In September, Ford sold only 1,500 electrics.