February car sales were slightly weaker than January, but they were stronger than last year by 7 percent. Chrysler, Ford, Toyota, and General Motors saw their sales rise, while Honda and Nissan saw declines.
Cheaper midsize cars do a better job in deadly head-on collisions than many luxury and near luxury midsize cars, according to crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Toyota says a brief shift in its computerized braking system caused consumer concern. But consumer complaints show a potentially deeper problem.
Although formal letters about the January 2010 Toyota recall are weeks away, owners can take certain steps now.