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Rightway Fasteners, Are You Cheating Toyota? Are Recalls by Toyota MFG possible?

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Rightway Fasteners makes bolts for Toyota. They use a certain oven to heat treat, until Toyota walks in....



Toyota is 98% of Rightway Fasteners business. The other 2% is with Nissan and Honda.

They heat treat high-torque bolts that go in Toyota vehicles worldwide.

They have five heat treating ovens to do the job. The newest oven isn't certified to be used for Toyota's specifications.

Rightway uses it anyway. At least until Toyota comes in to inspect. Then it is shut down until they leave.

What does this mean? It means Toyota could, and probably is, getting faulty and unsafe bolts. High torque bolts that need to be safe on their vehicles, like Tundras and Highlanders.

The bolts are heated to 500 to 800 degrees celcius. It must be done properly to give the bolts the required hardness.

This oven is used daily for the past two years. There could be a major recall made because of this information.

Our informant was fired for pointing the facts out. He is in the process of contacting Toyota to alert them.

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Mikal 21/08/2013 01:50:03
This has been going on for years! Every a new oven comes in this happens. That's not the only thing that Rightway does that Toyota doesn't know about. I worked there for years and I know what went on. That's why I would never buy a Toyota!!
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Mikal 21/08/2013 01:52:03
This is so true!! Happens every time they get a new oven!!!
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nick 21/08/2013 03:48:11
Like you of all people should say anything, you were the rightway *****
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????? 21/08/2013 04:15:06
That's funny coming from somebody that took a load from every guy in Rightway hahahahahahahahahahaha
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????? 21/08/2013 04:21:44
Oh and ur informant is a dumb ass that doesn't know what the hell he is talking about he wsnt fired for that he got fired for trying to pull a fast one on rfi telling them his mom got in a big car wreck and got a leave of absents but when he came back he didn't bring any proff of his mom being in a wreck so he got fired he is just saying that bc he got fired
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Administrator 21/08/2013 16:27:29
This story isn't about why he got fired. It is about Rightway using an oven that isn't certified to harden bolts which could be hazards in millions of vehicles. It is also about them pretending not to use the oven when Toyota inspectors arrive.

And the picture was sent to us by the person that took it. So no copyright issues.

Now, instead of bitching about why he got fired, who he takes a load from, and how you hate ex-employees, why don't you help stop the bolts from being made improperly?
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no dice 21/08/2013 16:57:20
Your funny do you have a copy of the handbook. Cause it clearly states otherwise. This dude was a druggie and a liar, Who got caught lying and tells more lies on here. And you as the administrator automatically go with the story and say its true. You don't know crap, and that's why your blog gets such poor reviews cause there is absolutely no investigative reporting at all. This blog is based on crybabies telling lies
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Administrator 21/08/2013 17:48:43
Our 'blog' gets great reviews. We don't claim to be investigative reporters. We allow people to get the news out.

Yes, we get our share of crybabies who might lie. We also get more idiots who defend people no matter what they do.

This story isn't about whether or not you like the ex employee who reported this. We couldn't care less what you like.

This is about a company that isn't using a certified oven to heat treat the bolts going into millions of vehicles.

Nobody said it was faulty. They said it wasn't certified.

So, are they using the uncertified oven like he said?

Do they pretend it doesn't get used when big shots from Toyota come in, like he said?

These are the issues he presented. The other crap you rattled off is irrelevant.

This is information that Toyota would like to know because they require certified ovens.

Several people have said they do this with every new oven.

If they truly hide the fact they use it, they must be doing something they know they shouldn't be doing.

So quit your complaining and go find out for us if what he says is true.
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just sayin 30/09/2013 19:28:07
They didn't hide anything. TOYOTA could walk through the door at anytime and see what is going on.
Do you really think a company that is a top supplier would hide something like that? Get a grip the complaint is from a disgruntled employee. Get that fact straight cause apparently the ex employee can't. And also apparently Toyota hasn't found anything wrong or the company would have been shut down.
So instead of bashing a company that brings jobs to Columbus try to say something positive.I understand you have to investigate all allegations, but how bout saying something current???? And for those of you who work there and can't even say something positive, that's pathetic.
They have kept your ass in a job for years, take some pride in it or find a new job away from that place.. stop bitching!!
And to the ex employee, grow the hell up. Find something else to cry about. You can't stand being told the truth and you know your a piece of **** who couldn't handle it when your lies caught up to you and bit you in the ass.
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????? 21/08/2013 04:23:44
So stop lieing to the ppl
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Nate Carroll 21/08/2013 10:23:33
I worked at Rightway for a few years in the Heat Treat department and no longer work there. This story is correct about the oven not being certified by Toyota. Nissan and Honda HAVE certified the oven. HOWEVER, bolts coming off the uncertified machine that go to Toyota always fell into the right hardness level and passed inspection. I would be willing to bet a good chunk of money that these parts aren't recalled.
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no dice 21/08/2013 16:09:21
What a goof and by the way, that picture is probably some copyright infringement. Get a clue dude and get off the meth. Hey mikal hows magner, and about 10 others doin these days lol. Ahh disgruntled former employees are the best.
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Admin 21/08/2013 17:18:22
We're not concerned with the photo of some bolts
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Administrator 21/08/2013 16:28:13
This could close Rightway down. And it should.
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RFI PRIDE 21/08/2013 17:04:50
Okay, so I have overviewed all of your comments and concerns about the subject at hand and I would like to inject my own thoughts into the matter.

If the newest oven were truly defective in any way, shape, or form why would large worldwide automotive companies such as Honda, and Nissan for example so much as fathom approving for their bolts to be tempered on this oven?

Mind you that the Honda automotive brand is among one of the most trusted vehicles for both performance and durability. For example there is a 1995 Honda civic with 940,000 miles that is still completely functional and this vehicle was manufactured over 20 years ago! I can guarantee standards have increased since.

Now do you think that Honda has achieved their reputation without critical analysis to ALL suppliers and sub-suppliers prior to approval? I think so. The same point coincides with Nissan. With both Honda and Nissan approving this oven tells me that Rightway Fasteners bolts are.
A. Being heated at the proper temperatures according to customer specification.
B. Performing failure mode analysis.
C. Checking their bolts meet requirements with the proper equipment.
And much, much more.

The conclusion of my point is that whether your allegations are true or false the impending concern is proving to not be a concern at all.

Rightway Fasteners has been making bolts for well over a decade, and within this time period I have rode in many a Toyota and have been extremely comfortable with trusting them. If a bolt is good enough for Honda, Nissan, AND according to your claim have been good for the past 2 years for Toyota then it is good enough for me. I have 0 concerns with Rightway Fasteners, and Toyota.
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Administrator 21/08/2013 17:52:12
We aren't talking about a decade. He was there a year. He says it went on the entire year. Doing it one day is wrong if it means unsafe vehicles on the road. The federal government will be very interested in what has been reported.

Take pride in doing it right, not in defending your company by putting down a whistleblower. He could be saving lives and your company.

If what the man says is true, Rightway should be promoting him for pointing out an issue that coiuld cost the company millions and people their lives.
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RFI pride 22/08/2013 00:57:29
You are misunderstanding my point, I am not putting him down nor am I building him up. My response was completely based on if the oven is good or bad.

Let me point out that Nothing is being made wrong, or unsafe.

If it were unsafe this would have been an issue with other customers such as Honda and Nissan when they inspected the oven. Point again is, I am defending the fact that the product is not defective nor is it made improperly.

I am not putting down the person whom posted this information, I have never called him any names. No lives are at stake, nor is there any unsafe vehicle being manufactured.
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Administrator 22/08/2013 01:11:39
No, RFI Pride, YOU'RE not understanding MINE.

Nobody said there was fauly product leaving the plant. He never said that. He simply said it wasn't certified and he didn't want the chance of faulty bolts going out and causing deaths.

The statement "Let me point out that Nothing is being made wrong, or unsafe." isn't yours to make.

If the company isn't going by the rules, nobody KNOWS if there is faulty product going out or not. Hence the reason for the certification.

If certification isn't a big deal, then get the thing certified!

Like I said, the new oven is probably doing a better job than the old ovens. But that isn't the point.

There should be some red flags thrown up when a company disregards a simple certification.
What else are they disregarding? Safety? Payroll? Retirement?

We have rules for a reason. Follow them or shut your doors and go home.
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30/08/2013 14:35:38
Short cuts like this is what causes faulty material and recalls. Maybe Toyota have different qualifications because their parts are made different, manufactured different, contain different material, etc. They have their standards for a reason, and Rightway should follow them if they're selling their product to Toyota even if they are probably safe and don't lead to a recall. Toyota should have access to this info.
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you know nothing 22/08/2013 03:57:10
Do you work there. No you don't, so how can you keep making false statements.
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Administrator 22/08/2013 09:59:46
I don't work there. I wouldn't work there. But we have many who do and did. This info isn't from one person.

We're asking questions. Others are making statements.
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