( Toyota Recall story updated with information on Toyota' April 28 recall announcement on early-2003 Toyota Sequoia SUVs.) AUTO RECALL PHOTO GALLERY: 2010 Toyota Prius
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The scale of Toyota's (TM) vehicle recalls has been undeniably shocking. In Sept. of 2009, Toyota announced a recall of approximately 3.8 million vehicles in the U.S. due to floormats that, according to Toyota, had a penchant for coming loose and forcing down accelerators. The problem was suspected in crashes involving Toyota cars that have killed five people. In Jan. 2010, Toyota issued a series of recalls on 5.6 million vehicles in the U.S., due to sudden acceleration in some vehicles -- the largest-ever recall for Toyota, and among the biggest for an automaker in U.S. history. In February, Toyota recalled another 437,000 units of its 2010 Prius, Sai, Prius PHV (plug-in hybrid) and Lexus HS250h hybrids. Then on March 9 Toyota announced that it would be recalling its 2004-2009 Priuses after news of a runaway car incident the previous day. On that day, a 61-year-old Prius driver found himself in the national spotlight after his accelerator got stuck and took his car to a speed of 94 mph on a San Diego Highway. Fortunately, he was corralled to safety with the help of highway patrolmen. Then, in the same week, another runaway Prius went on a rampage, according to reports. Reports say that a 56-year-old woman was backing out of a driveway in Harrison, N.Y., when her 2005 Prius suddenly accelerated out of control and sent her crashing into a stone wall. According to reports, the ensuing damage was substantial, but no one was seriously hurt. Toyota's problems touched other carmakers too: France's PSA Peugeot Citroen said it recalled nearly 100,000 Peugeot 107s and Citroen C1s made in the Czech Republic, where Toyota and PSA jointly make cars.