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Toyota Recall 2011: Toyota Announces 1.7 Million Voluntary Lexus Recall due to Fuel Leak Issue

Thursday, January 27th, 2011 | NEWS, World with No Comments »

Giant Japanese car manufacturer, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc, announced that it is making a voluntary recall of certain Lexus models due to fuel leak problems. The announcement of the Lexus recall 2011 was posted in the official Toyota website on Wednesday, January 26, 2011.

Toyota Lexus models that are included in the recent 2011 recall are:

  • 2006-2007 Lexus GS 300/350,
  • 2006-2009 IS 250 and
  • 2006-2008 IS 350.

Toyota spokesman Paul Nolasco told international news sites that Toyota first heard about the fuel-leakage issue in August 2008. The company received around 219 complaints worldwide, majority of which are from Japan with 142 cases. International reports say that 1.7 million vehicles will be recalled worldwide. With about 1.3 million of the defective cars are in Japan, this makes it the country’s second-largest recall in history the reports added.

Fortunately, no accidents has been reported in relation to the leakage problems.

Below is the official press release of issued by in the Toyota website regarding the Toyota Lexus Recall 2011.

TORRANCE, Calif., January 26, 2011 – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it will conduct a voluntary Safety Recall involving approximately 245,000 2006 through 2007 Lexus GS300/350, 2006 through early 2009 Lexus IS250, and 2006 through early 2008 Lexus IS350 vehicles sold in the U.S. to inspect the fuel pressure sensor installation.

Due to insufficient tightening of the fuel pressure sensor connected to certain engine fuel delivery pipes (those with Nickel Phosphorus plating), there is a possibility that the pressure sensor could loosen over time. If loosening occurs, fuel could leak past a gasket used in the connection between the sensor and the delivery pipe and through the threaded portion of the sensor.

Lexus dealers will inspect the vehicle for fuel leakage and if no leakage is found, will tighten the fuel pressure sensor with the proper torque. If a fuel leak is confirmed, the gasket between the sensor and the delivery pipe will be replaced and the sensor will be tightened with the proper torque. The inspection and possible gasket replacement will be conducted at no charge to the vehicle owner.

Owners of the involved vehicles will receive a safety recall notification by first class mail once the parts that may be needed have been obtained. Lexus will also post this information on its website. Detailed information about this recall is available through Lexus Customer Satisfaction at 1-800-25 LEXUS or 1-800-255-3987 or at

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) today announced a separate recall involving 1.3 million vehicles worldwide to remedy a different condition on a different fuel delivery pipe and a high pressure fuel pump check valve. TMC’s recall announcement does not involve vehicles sold in North America.

Lexus Vehicle Safety and Quality Communications
Brian R. Lyons* (310) 468-2552
Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Media Line* (310) 468-5297

* Available 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern on January 26

Eric Schmidt out, Larry Page takes over as Google CEO on April 4, 2011

Friday, January 21st, 2011 | BUSINESS, NEWS, TECHNOLOGY, World with No Comments »

Starting April 4, 2011, Google co-founder Eric Schmidt will step down as CEO and will now assume the position as Executive Chairman of the company, as announced by Google in its year-end earnings report. Google co-founder Larry Page will take over as CEO from Schmidt.

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Day-to-day operations will now be handled by Larry Page as CEO, co-founder Sergey Brin will be helping in strategic projects that will work on new products.

As Executive Chairman, Schmidt will now handle external functions such as getting new deals, partnerships, customers and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership.

Below is part of the official announcement of Google that Eric Schmidt will be replaced by Larry Page as Google CEO.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – January 20, 2011 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter and the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.

“Q4 marked a terrific end to a stellar year,” said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google. “Our strong performance has been driven by a rapidly growing digital economy, continuous product innovation that benefits both users and advertisers, and by the extraordinary momentum of our newer businesses, such as display and mobile. These results give us the optimism and confidence to invest heavily in future growth — investments that will benefit our users, Google and the wider web.”

In addition, Google has also announced plans to streamline decision making and create clearer lines of responsibility and accountability at the top of the company.

* Starting from April 4, Larry Page, Google Co-Founder, will take charge of Google’s day-to-day operations as Chief Executive Officer.
* Sergey Brin, Google Co-Founder, will devote his energy to strategic projects, in particular working on new products.
* Eric Schmidt will assume the role of Executive Chairman, focusing externally on deals, partnerships, customers and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership–all of which are increasingly important given Google’s global reach. Internally, he will continue to act as an advisor to Larry and Sergey.

Commenting on these changes, Eric said: “We’ve been talking about how best to simplify our management structure and speed up decision making for a long time. By clarifying our individual roles we’ll create clearer responsibility and accountability at the top of the company. In my clear opinion, Larry is ready to lead and I’m excited about working with both him and Sergey for a long time to come.”

Larry said: “Eric has clearly done an outstanding job leading Google for the last decade. The results speak for themselves. There is no other CEO in the world that could have kept such headstrong founders so deeply involved and still run the business so brilliantly. Eric is a tremendous leader and I have learned innumerable lessons from him. His advice and efforts will be invaluable to me as I start in this new role. Google still has such incredible opportunity–we are only at the beginning and I can’t wait to get started.”

Teresa Scanlan, Miss Nebraska, is Miss America Pageant 2011 Winner

Sunday, January 16th, 2011 | Celebrity, ENTERTAINMENT, NEWS, World with No Comments »

Teresa Scanlan of Nebraska, at the age of 17, has captured the Miss America Pageant 2011 crown. The 2011 Miss America competition was held at the Planet Hollywood casino-resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan won a $50,000 scholarship and the crown as Miss America 2011.

Scanlan won from among 52 other young and beautiful women across the United States. Scanlan was able to get the nod of the star-studded panel of judges that included “The View” panelist Joy Behar, “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry, “Dancing With the Stars” professional Tony Dovolani, “Taxi” actress Marilu Henner, Miss America 1990 Dr. Debbye Turner Bell, shoe designer Taryn Rose and country music singer Mark Wills.

Margaret Gorman from the Washington District of Columbia, won at the age of 15 in 1921.

Miss America Pageant 2011 Winner is Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan

Sunday, January 16th, 2011 | ENTERTAINMENT, NEWS, World with No Comments »

Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan is the winner of the Miss America 2011 Pageant on Saturday, January 15, 2011. At 17-years of age, Scanlan became the youngest winner of the Miss America Pageant crown which is celebrating its 90th year. Margaret Gorman of the District of Columbia won at age 15 in 1921. The 2011 Miss America competition was held at the Planet Hollywood casino-resort in Las Vegas.

Teresan Scanlans bested 52 other young women across the United States and took home a $50,000 scholarship and the crown.

Here is the list of winners in the Miss America Pageant 2011:

  • Miss Arkansas Alyse Eady – first runner-up,
  • Miss Hawaii Jalee Fuselier – second runner-up.

One of the World’s Smallest Frog is found in Haiti earthquake 2010 ruins

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 | Animals, NEWS, SCIENCE, World with No Comments »
Photo Credit: © Robin Moore/iLCP/

One of the smallest frog in the world, Juvenile Macaya Breast-spot Frog, whose scientific name is, Eleutherodactylus thorectes, was found in the ruins of the Haiti earthquake 2010, according to earlier reports by international sites. After 20 long years of searching, this critically endangered species, that was last seen in 1991, was finally rediscoverd.The discovery of this frog specie was made by Robin Moore and Blair Hedges of Pennsylvania State University during an eight day conservation expedition in the deforested hills of Massif de la Hotte and Massif de la Selle in Haiti.

A fully grown Juvenile Macaya Breast-spot Frog is just about the size of a green grape and this lined it up to the list of smallest frog species in the world. According to several Science websites, the world’s smallest frog measuring 9.8 millimeters found in Brazil, is called Gold frog, whose scientific name is, Brazilian Psyllophryne Didactyla.

The expedition of Moore and Hedges is aimed at finding the La Selle Grass frog species, scientific name is E. glanduliferoides, that was last seen more than 25 years ago. But instead of finding what they are looking for, the scientists encountered six long-lost species that includeHispaniolan Ventriloquial Frog, Mozart’s Frog, La Hotte Glanded Frog, Hispaniolan Crowned Frog, and the Macaya Burrowing Frog. All of these frogs were seen in 1991, except for Macaya Burrowing Frog that was last documented 1996. Earlier reports have posted the description and scientific names of these rare frog species.

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