Consumer Business Roundup: Ford Recalls Fiestas, Toyota Pulls Back Output In China

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has recalled more than 150,000 Fiesta vehicles from model years 2011 to 2013 so as to make adjustments to side-impact airbag systems. It might be a minor problem, but any recall that covers the current year selling line is thought to be more serious than recalls on previous years should questions over quality gain traction.

Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) will begin sales of its Verismo coffee and espresso machines on Wednesday as it tries to reduce the impact of the significant headstart of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ:GMCR) in the market. Several channel checks indicate that the presence of Verismo to be impacting Green Mountain sales, but the real test will be watching to see if consumers will shell out the extra money for the Starbucks premium in order to make a switch. Another unknown factor in the mix is Kraft Foods Group (NASDAQ:KRFT), which still boasts more than $1 billion in package sales for the Maxwell House brand.

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Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM) will cease its output at a major factory in Tianjin, China for as much as a week, while it considers its production plans in the face of slowing demand in that country. It was hoped that the current hostility towards Japan that was ignited up by a territorial dispute near tiny islands south of China would be a short-term event, but Chinese warships seen in the region would seem to indicate otherwise.

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