Toyota Recall is "Absolutely Stupid"
I'm not calling it protectionism, I'm just saying you have to get a piece when you can.
Chrysler Group LLC put a new twist on the Toyota Motor Corp. (TM, 7203.TO) recall, offering $1,000 to consumers who trade in their Toyota pickup or sport-utility vehicle and buy a Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge or Ram truck.
The offer is aimed at current owners of Toyota Tundras, Tacoma and Siennas. The $1,000 trade-in bonus will be awarded with a purchase or lease of a Chrysler vehicle.
Toyota's problems continued to mount Friday, as the auto maker said it was recalling 1.8 million vehicles in Europe over its sticky gas pedal. The company has also halted sales of eight of its top-selling vehicles.
General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. (F) are already offering customers $1,000 if they trade in one of the vehicles covered in the recall and buy one of their new cars or trucks.
Ford on Friday said it is funneling more money to dealers in hopes they boost advertising to grab Toyota customers.
This is my kind of man on the street. Next time, Earl, throw a fucking in there. Trust me, you'll feel a lot better.
Toyota is sending new gas pedal systems to its factories rather than its dealership service departments, The Associated Press learned Friday. The move angered some dealers who say they should get the parts to take care of the millions of car owners whose accelerators may stick.
Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons confirmed a company e-mail obtained by the AP that says parts were shipped to the automaker's plants.
He said the company has not sent parts to its dealers because it has yet to determine whether it will repair — or replace altogether — the gas pedals on the 4.2 million Toyotas that have been recalled worldwide.
Toyota, he said, will announce next week how it will solve the problem, and the repair work should be finished in less than a month.
But some dealers said they should get the parts first so that they can fix the cars already on the road.
Earl Stewart, owner of a Toyota dealership in North Palm Beach, Fla., said his mechanics might not know the details of how to fix the gas pedals, but they know how to install new ones.
"That's absolutely stupid," he said of sending the parts to factories. "It makes no sense at all."