We reported yesterday about General Motors (GM) having to issue a recall for more than 1.3 million of their vehicles, we have now learned that the U.S. automaker is blaming the steering problem on a Toyota supplier. The cars affected are Chevrolet and Pontiac cars, but as we know with past experience the recall could be extended to other models.
GM’s vice-chairman, Bob Lutz was speaking to the BBC yesterday while at the Geneva Auto Show and said that the company JTEKT who supplies the steering for these vehicles is jointly owned by Toyoda Machine Works and Koyo Seiko. He then added that the parts had not meet with “all requirements for reliability and durability.”
FT.com says that this criticism from Lutz comes after the reputation of Toyota has been battered, due to the recall of more than 8 million vehicles. We recently reported that Toyota president; Akio Toyoda had to appear before congress to answer a number of questions regarding the high number of recalls.