Toyota’s CEO apologized to shareholders for the brand’s negative image

Toyota’s image still suffers from the massive recall at the beginning of this year. In these circumstances, Akio Toyoda wanted to address to shareholders official apology.

Toyoda has spoken to the people who have invested in the brand’s development, showing his apologies for the many problems caused by the globally recalls.

The timing was an important one, this being the first time when Toyoda met with shareholders face to face after the manufacturer received the bad reputation.

At the end of its speech, Akio wanted to underline that Toyota is making significant efforts in order to improve the quality of its vehicles and also thanked to shareholders for their support during this difficult period.

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Dodge Caliber has the same issues that Toyota had several months ago

According to information published by Chrysler, the issues are identical to those of Toyota.

Chrysler has no knowledge of accidents, injuries or material damages caused by this potential problem.

Also, NHTSA has not yet announced any recall. Besides, the first tests showed that the problems refer only to cars produced in a window of just five weeks, between March and April 2006.

Chrysler announced it will closely work with NHTSA in order to resolve potential problems.

A special thing to notice is that Dodge Caliber’s pedals were produced by CTS Corp., the same supplier who produced all the pedals with problems for Toyota.

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General Motors’s brake override software ready by 2012

General Motors is one of those manufacturers who intend to apply the algorithm globally by 2012.

Although GM has started adding brake override software on ETS-equipped cars as an additional safeguard.

The software automatically kills electronic throttle input once the driver steps on the brake, in order to prevent the chances of unintended acceleration.

“New media analyses of government data consistently validates that GM’s safety record on this issue is among the strongest in the industry,” said Tom Stephens, vice chairman of GM’s global product operations.

“At the same time, we know safety is top of mind for consumers, so we are applying additional technology to reassure them that they can count on the brakes in their GM vehicle.”

GM says that by the end of 2012, all of its vehicles sold around the world equipped with automatic transmissions and electronic throttle control will also be equipped with a brake override system.

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