Toyota Stops Sales on 8 Recalled Models
Toyota Motor announced today that it was suspending U.S. sales of eight recalled vehicle models to fix accelerator pedals that stick. The initial recall was announced on January 21, 2010, and is the latest issue that the world's number one automaker is facing.
As part of the plan, Toyota said in a press release that it was halting production at five manufacturing facilities for the week of Feb. 1 "to assess and coordinate activities." There are 2.3 million vehicles involved in the recall, which was announced last week.
The Japanese automaker says the sales suspension includes the:
• 2009-2010 RAV4
• 2009-2010 Corolla
• 2009-2010 Matrix
• 2005-2010 Avalon
• 2007-2010 Camry
• 2010 Highlander
• 2007-2010 Tundra
• 2008-2010 Sequoia
These two announcements followed a larger recall months earlier of 4.2 million vehicles which were having problems with gas pedals becoming trapped under floor mats. The sticking caused sudden acceleration and was the cause of several crashes, some of which resulted in fatalities.
“Helping ensure the safety of our customers and restoring confidence in Toyota are very important to our company,” said Group Vice President and Toyota Division General Manager Bob Carter in the press release. “This action is necessary until a remedy is finalized. We’re making every effort to address this situation for our customers as quickly as possible.”