The New York Times has published a timeline of events related to the recent Toyota Recalls, beginning with complaints in March 2007 and a fatal crash in late July of the same year. In June 2008, Toyota acknowledges years of acceleration complaints, the company claims the issue is one of drivability—not safety. The timeline culminates in the late 2009-early 2010 series of recalls and recent calls within the U.S. government to fine Toyota.
Looking back over the timeline gives helpful perspective on the Toyota scandal and what should come out of these events—issues that are discussed elsewhere on this website.
See the timeline from the New York Times.