This incredible photo taken by Fred
Stewart, an employee of a Xenia hospital,
shows a tornado funnel rolling through
the southeast Pine Crest Garden section of
Xenia, Ohio, on April 3, 1974. The tornado
caused millions of dollars in damage and
killed at least 300 people and injured
scores of others.
Among the ruins and battered possessions
of a home lies a wrecked dog house bearing
a “Xenia Lives” sticker distributed by a local
church on Easter Sunday. The day’s tornadoes
caused the second-highest recorded number
of fatalities in such an event (more than 300,
surpassed only just by the number of deaths
caused by the 2011 Super Outbreak).
The aftermath: Xenia, Ohio, April 4, 1974.
According to RMS, the Super Outbreak
ranks second in recorded history for the
number of tornadoes to occur in a single
outbreak (148 in total).
Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s largest carmaker, issued a re- call of more than six million vehicles in early April to fix
a number of safety defects. The recall is
among the largest in automotive history
and is a setback for Toyota, which has
struggled to repair its reputation after a
2009-2010 recall crisis it faced over vehicles that accelerated on their own. Toyota
ultimately agreed to pay a $1.2 billion fine
to settle a four-year criminal investigation into whether it properly told regulators about safety complaints concerning
sudden acceleration of its vehicles.
According to Bloomberg, for the current recall, Toyota found five types of
safety hazards among popular models
such as the Camry sedan, RAV4 sport
utility vehicle and Corolla. So far, Toyota
is not aware of any injuries or fatalities
linked to the defects, making the recall a
An analyst quoted by Bloomberg said
that Toyota may need to review its pro-
duction process, and that even if the de-
fects ultimately are caused by third-party
suppliers, the responsibility will still fall
on Toyota. The cost of the current recall
hasn’t been fixed, but it could run as high
as nearly $600 million.
While details weren’t available for pre-
cise calculations, Endo estimated that the
recall could cost Toyota about 60 billion
yen ($589 million) to 70 billion yen, or
10,000 yen per vehicle.
Toyota’s recall adds to the nearly 11
million vehicles already recalled by automakers in the U.S. so far this year, as
reported by the Los Angeles Times. That’s
already half of the 22 million cars recalled
in 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and
over one third of the 30. 8 million vehicles
recalled in 2004, the most recent high-recall year.
General Motors has recalled some 6
million—including over 2 million for an
ignition switch issue linked to 13 deaths.
Other big recalls include 650,000 Jeep
Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos;
1 million Nissans including the Altima
and Sentra; 900,000 Honda Odyssey min-ivans; and 700,000 Toyota Prius hybrids.
On Apr. 7, Ford recalled over 400,000
older cars and sport utility vehicles to fix
rusting frame parts or faulty seats, depending on the model.
“This is the new normal for recall numbers,” Karl Brauer, an analyst at Kelley Blue
Book told the LA Times. Automakers are
more willing to do recalls today because
they fear the wrath of federal regulators
after seeing how delayed recalls caused big
problems for Toyota, says Brauer.
Toyota Recalls More Than
6 Million Autos, Among
By Craig Trudell, Bloomberg, Yuki Hagiwara, Bloomberg