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In 2008, Toyota made a record profit of $16.5 billion.
A year later, the economic crisis saw it record its first loss in50 years ($4.4 billion).
Toyota·s problems have given GM and other companies anopening, particularly in the US, its largest market.
For instance, they have been offering customers $1,000 totrade in a Toyota and buy one of their vehicles.
Not surprisingly, the company·s sales for January fell 16%while its rivals did much better.
Total recalls globally: