Consumer Reports Yanks Approval From 3 Toyotas
Meanwhile, Toyota reports winning sales figures
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 28, 2013 2:09 PM CDT
In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, 2012 Toyota Camrys are parked at a car dealership in San Jose, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(Newser) – It was a good news/bad news kind of day for Toyota. The good news? The Japanese automaker beat GM in sales for the second straight quarter, moving 2.5 million vehicles between July and September, it announced today, according to Bloomberg. The bad news? Consumer Reports yanked its recommendation of three Toyota cars—the Camry, Prius V, and RAV4—citing new, lousy crash test results. The Audi A4 also got hit with the downgrade.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has a new test that assesses what a vehicle does when only its front corner hits something—which is the case in about a quarter of frontal collisions. Out of more than 60 vehicles tested, only 13 rated "poor," and only the three Toyotas and the Audi were on Consumer Reports' list. "Honestly, we don't take this lightly, but virtually every vehicle now in the family sedan category has been tested and the only one that has gotten a 'poor' is the Camry," the magazine's auto testing director tells Reuters. The move comes on the heels of another Toyota recall, this time involving air bags and spiders.

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NorCalHal
Oct 29, 2013 9:13 PM CDT
Be part of the "Keep America Unemployed Campaign" keep buying vehicles whose profits and 70+% of their content value come from overseas. Other than a home, the motor vehicle is the most expensive purchase the average person will ever make. And before any of you try to tell me they are "made", "produced" or "manufactured" in the United States, let me set you straight. They are ASSEMBLED in the United States with a very large percentage of their components coming from overseas.
WhateverYouSay
Oct 28, 2013 3:36 PM CDT
My family has two Toyotas, one being a Prius which fortunately isn't a "5" model. They've been very reliable. However, a couple years ago I was in a minor accident with another Toyota and despite what looked like just minor damage, the car was declared a "total" by my insurance company. Something wrong there…
finkster
Oct 28, 2013 2:29 PM CDT
Toyotas have had a series of problems this past decade and I will no longer buy one as I did in the past until they improve.