February 3, 2010 9:05 AM PST

Japan tells Toyota to test Prius brakes for defect

The Japanese government received 14 reports of brake trouble, in another blow for the automaker.
(From The New York Times)

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Having the most marketshare doesn't mean you have the best product. It appears that Toyota's standards may have slipped in order to gain the title of world's largest auto manufacturer. Toyota has done the American auto industry a favor by showing over the past 5 years that Japanese auto reliability is not a given. For Toyota to expose the Japanese Quality Myth at the same time that American cars are equaling or exceeding Japanese quality, gives the American companies to restore some of their lost marketshare, and for GM to repay their loans from the Government. Ford and GM are releasing compelling products, for the first time in decades. They deserve a new look.
Posted by mike.gw (942 comments )
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thank you Japan!
Posted by EvanSei (1208 comments )
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There's a social stigma in Japan about "saving face" and not looking bad. I'm sure that has alot to do with Toyota's inability to react quickly to these problems.
Posted by viper396 (2032 comments )
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Great products from Toyota, they want you to go go go and never stop!

So in summary, buying Toyota "quality" means that you are looking at problems with two of the three most important things that a car does, going and stopping. How long until we hear about Toyota steering problems?

Americans, think F O R D!
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Toyota actually is the number 2 auto maker in the world. VW, including all brand, has overtaken Toyota by the end of last year with Toyota making roughly 4M cars and VW making roughly 4.4M.
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True Dat !
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