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AP-GfK Poll: U.S. Cars Superior To Asian Cars

April 21, 2010 11:05 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

An Associated Press-GfK poll revealed that slightly more Americans now say the U.S. makes better-quality vehicles than Asia.

Toyota U.S. Exec To Lead Quality Task Force

March 25, 2010 10:30 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Toyota named a top U.S. executive to head North American quality task force, as automaker looks to beef up quality controls following millions of vehicle recalls.

China Tells Automakers To Improve Quality

March 15, 2010 4:55 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Beijing urging its automakers to upgrade quality and set up accountable recall systems to handle defects in the wake of Toyota's recent recalls.

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More Toyota Drivers File Complaints After Fix

March 4, 2010 9:32 am | News | Comments

Another five people have reported problems to the NHTSA's complaint database, describing surges of speed that came without warning.

Toyota To Repair Oil Hoses

March 2, 2010 4:42 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker repairing more than 1.6 million vehicles around the world for potentially leaky oil hoses -- the latest in a spate of quality problems.

Toyota President Apologizes To China

March 1, 2010 4:25 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker’s chief executive apologized to customers in China for quality problems and emphasized the importance of the fast-growing market to Toyota.

Ranbaxy Posts Profit Despite Investigation

February 25, 2010 3:56 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

India's largest pharmaceutical company returned to profit for December quarter amid ongoing investigations into quality of its generic medicines by the FDA.

Honda, Subaru Top Consumer Reports List

February 24, 2010 3:55 am | News | Comments

Influential magazine named Honda and Subaru best all-around vehicle makers in its annual auto issue, marking fourth consecutive year Honda won top marks.

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Toyota Installing Brake Override System In New Models

February 17, 2010 4:10 am | News | Comments

In a move to increase safety and boost the quality of its vehicles, Toyota will install a brake override system in all newly produced models worldwide.

Plant Workers Lobby For Toyota’s Reputation

February 10, 2010 4:45 am | by Larry Margasak, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Toyota workers from across the country were flown to Washington at company expense to fight Tuesday for their employer's reputation.

Toyota Scrambles To Manage Damage Control

February 8, 2010 4:25 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese automaker is counting on a trusted veteran with ample U.S. experience, Yoshimi Inaba, when Toyota’s recall problems are scrutinized by Congress later this week.

Toyota Has Less To Lose In Europe

February 5, 2010 9:30 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota never enjoyed same level of success in Europe as the United States, largely because the European market is still dominated by many national manufacturers.

Toyota Reported U.K. Pedal Problems A Year Ago

February 3, 2010 5:05 am | News | Comments

Automaker’s British arm said it received reports of problems with ‘stiff’ gas pedals in November 2008, a year before more serious faults appeared with ‘sticking’ accelerators.

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Toyota’s Fix Too Late To Prevent Backlash

February 2, 2010 4:49 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker’s fix for gas pedal problem that led to recall of millions of cars has not come soon enough to prevent consumer backlash that is battering its sales.

Toyota Launches Media Blitz To Reassure Customers

February 1, 2010 4:35 am | by Bruce Shipkowski and Tom Krisher, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Automaker has launched a media campaign to bolster its reputation for quality as nervous customers confront dealers across the country about faulty gas pedal systems.

Japan Medical Company Recalls 2M Defective Needles

January 26, 2010 10:50 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

FDA said Japan-based Nipro Medical Corp. has voluntarily recalled 2 million medical needles because of a risk they can push silicone into patients’ bodies.

Simcere Halts Production At Yanshen Unit

December 2, 2009 4:10 am | News | Comments

Drug developer suspended production at its Jiangsu Yanshen Biological Technology unit to conduct an internal inspection following the discovery of quality control problems.

GM Sues Supplier Over Costly Steering Repairs

November 23, 2009 11:38 am | by Ed White, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Automaker is suing a supplier of steering assemblies, claiming it’s costing tens of millions of dollars to repair shaky steering columns in its vehicles.

GM: 193 Buyers Returned Cars Under Program

November 20, 2009 4:15 am | News | Comments

Only a small percentage of buyers returned vehicles under a 60-day money back guarantee promotion and GM executives are calling them to find out why they weren’t satisfied.

CPSC Studies Still Inconclusive On Chinese Drywall

October 30, 2009 5:05 am | by Brian Skoloff, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Federal studies released Thursday cannot yet definitively link imported Chinese drywall to health problems or corrosion of pipes and wires that U.S. homeowners have been reporting.

Asian Autos Top Reliability Survey

October 27, 2009 10:25 am | News | Comments

Consumer Reports' 2009 car and truck reliability survey was dominated by Asian brands, but several Ford models were as dependable or better than the industry's best.

GM: Only Small Fraction Of Buyers Return Vehicles

October 21, 2009 5:40 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Out of 400 vehicles, just 15 have been returned in the four days since customers could begin doing so as part of General Motors’ heavily advertised money-back guarantee program.

FDA Warns Bayer Over German Manufacturing Plant

September 15, 2009 8:00 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health regulators have warned drugmaker that inspectors uncovered testing problems at the company’s plant in Berghamen, Germany, during a March visit.

Buick Shipments Delayed Over Quality Concerns

September 2, 2009 5:16 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co. said rollout of its new 2010 Buick LaCrosse is being delayed for a few weeks as it works out unspecified 'quality issues.'

Mylan, FDA Square Off On Quality Control Inquiry

July 28, 2009 10:22 am | News | Comments

Generic drug developer said FDA backed up company's position that employees in West Virginia didn't ignore quality control procedures, though agency disputes Mylan's claim.

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