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Toyota Recall Fueled By Spiderwebs

Airbag issue may affect 885K Camrys, Venzas, Avalons

(Newser) - It's another recall for Toyota, this time over a potential airbag flaw—a problem exacerbated by rogue spiders. Spiderwebs, CNNMoney explains, can block air conditioning drainage tubes in the affected 2012 and 2013 Camrys, Venzas, and Avalons (including hybrid models). Water can end up dripping into airbag controls; warning... More »

Toyota Accused of Hiding Evidence in Rollover Case

Special counsel will investigate claims

(Newser) - Toyota is accused of hiding evidence during a 2006 lawsuit regarding a woman paralyzed in a crash, and a Texas judge has appointed special counsel to investigate the claims. In 2005, Pennie Green swerved on a highway and her 1997 Camry rolled over. The roof collapsed and broke her spine,... More »

Faulty Camry Blamed for Deadly Crash

Vehicle had been recalled to fix accelerator problem

(Newser) - A faulty Toyota is being blamed for yet another deadly crash, this time involving a vehicle that had already been recalled. Investigators believe an accelerator problem on a Toyota Camry was the likely cause of a crash that killed two people in Utah and injured two others, AP reports. The... More »

Toyota Recalls May Free Jailed Camry Owner

Immigrant convicted in fatal crash, despite claim that brakes failed

(Newser) - Toyota’s big recalls could vindicate and free a Minnesota man currently behind bars for vehicular manslaughter. Koua Fong Lee, a Hmong refugee from Laos, has always claimed that it was a brake failure that caused him to crash his Camry into another car on an off-ramp in 2006, killing... More »

Toyota Will Recall 3.8M Vehicles in Floor Mat Danger

Company fears accelerator pedal in Camry, Prius, others can become trapped

(Newser) - Toyota will issue a recall next week on 3.8 million vehicles—including many popular Camry, Prius and Lexus models—over fears that accelerator pedals can become stuck under floor mats even after drivers take their feet off. In the meantime, a company rep tells Automotive News, owners should remove... More »

Used Prius Prices Soar on Surging Demand

Used cars selling even higher than new

(Newser) - Demand for Toyota's fuel-efficient hybrid Prius is so high that used models are fetching more on the open market than dealerships charge for a new one, reports Advertising Age. Buyers are in a frenzy to get their hands on a Prius immediately, but new cars are often on back order... More »

Top 10 Most Stolen Cars

Older models of Civic and Accord are tops, followed by the Camry

(Newser) - If you own a 1995 Honda Civic, you may want to check your driveway. It once again tops the list of the most stolen cars in America, Motor Trend reports. The reason is probably because the Civic is so popular that it's easy to unload stolen parts. The top 10:... More »

City Dweller: Drive These Top 10

Check out this list of the Top 10 vehicles for urbanites from Forbes

(Newser) - City streets are tight, and the stop-and-go driving eats up over-priced gas. Then there’s the parking … if you can find it. Forbes says urbanites should consider one of these city-friendly rides:
  1. Audi A3: Handles well, loaded with safety features, tiny turning radius
  2. Mazda3: Great at dodging potholes, safe
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