Wherever material is outsourced it is ultimately the parent companies design and engineered as such. The profits also go to the parent. So when I see a nameplate such as Honda or Toyota, its origin and materials utilized are ultimately blessed by its parent company. I can expand on that and say a VW built in Mexico is still a German vehicle. Labor and spec'ed out parts are still parent approved.
My friend finally decided to cut his losses on his unreliable Tundra. At only 100,000 miles, he had had numerous brake and steering issues, many brake pad replacements and been left stranded twice on the road. He has gone back to Ford. He bought a 2010 F-150. His previous '87 F-150 had gone over 250,000 with no trouble.
Toyota doesn't hold the record for largest recall in history, the big three do. Ford is #1. Want to know why? The ignition switch was starting fires in the dash. #2? GM. The engine came loose from its mounts and caused uncontrollable acceleration. Toyota is #6.
"Toyota doesn't hold the record for largest recall in history, the big three do."
This bit of mis-information just keeps being circulated by foreign car companies. The reason domestics have had more recalls than Japanese cars is very simple: Until recently, only domestic car makers did VOLUNTARY recalls. Japanese makers never recalled cars unless FORCED to by law. Only recently, after three Grand Jury subpoenas and tons of bad publicity have Japanese car companies begun to issue recalls not forced by legal threats. It is also wrong to compare recalls on domestics going back 6 decades to imports, because in that span of time, only a small percentage of cars sold in the U.S. have been imports. In the 50's there WERE no Japanese imports.