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TOKYO (CAP) - Toyota is recalling 412,000 passenger cars, mostly the Prius and Yaris hatchback models, for width problems in which three women have sustained head injuries against the side door while partaking in sexual activity in the backseat. This brings to 8.5 million the total number of vehicles recalled around the world by Toyota for a host of problems ranging from brakes to gas pedals to floor mats.
"Toyota is committed to providing its customers the best experience possible," said Steve St. Angelo, Toyota chief quality officer for North America. "Even if that experience is not how we originally intended for the vehicle to be used.
"With that said, we thank you for using Toyota," St. Angelo added, "and we hope she called you back."
While no injuries by any men have been reported, National Transportation Safety Board officials say pride and ego may play a role in obtaining an accurate assessment of the situation from the male perspective. Independent lab tests found a high likelihood that men could also experience similar head trauma against the roof of the recalled vehicles as well as knee or elbow abrasions.
"Given the Japanese proclivity for engaging in similar behavior and capitalizing on or otherwise embracing any deleterious results, we believe there may be many more events that have gone unreported or covered up by Toyota," said NTSB spokesperson Rita Jennison.
"We intend to pursue this to the full extent of the law," Jennison added. "Or until our membership to orientalsexinjuries.com expires."
Toyota officials did acknowledge that they've received about 200 complaints worldwide, but only the three confirmed injuries. For a fix, dealers are being provided with special Minicel foam sidewall inserts that can be installed either permanently or on an as-needed basis for all model years 2004-2009.
"We've only put in about 12 so far," said one dealer in Milwaukee, Wisc. "Figure a lot of these guys who drive these Prius or Yaris hatchbacks probably aren't your type to really need this styrofoam stuff, but if they're brave enough to come in and ask for it, we'll install it no questions asked.
"Hell, we'll even throw in a box of condoms if you come here instead of the guy down the street," the dealer added.
Another dealer told CAP News that someone coming in seeking the styrofoam recall part also requested to have their rear suspension replaced, saying that the existing one had "given out long before its time." The dealer noted that it appeared the guy himself had been "giving out long after his time."
Jennison said the NTSB is working on informational pamphlets for the public to educate Toyota owners on alternative backseat positions that when orchestrated correctly result in fewer injuries but maintain appropriate levels of gratification. The pamphlets are expected to be available in libraries, post offices and coffee shops within two weeks.
Jennison would not confirm that Matthew McConaughey and Alexie Gilmore have signed on to take part in a public service television campaign showing proper technique for some of the more difficult positions.
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