Toyota Halts Ops for 8 Popular Models

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Faulty gas pedals prompted the Toyota Motor Corporation to suspend U.S. sales and production of eight of its most popular models, including the Camry, America's best-selling car.

The Associated Press reports that Toyota announced the unprecedented sales suspension late yesterday so it could fix gas pedals that could stick and cause acceleration without warning. Last week, Toyota issued a recall for the same eight models; that affected 2.3 million vehicles.

Toyota spokeswoman Ririko Takeuchi said a similar accelerator part is being used in Europe. "For Europe, the number and models potentially concerned are under evaluation," Philippe Boursereau, a spokesman for Toyota France, told The AP. 

Beginning next week, Toyota is halting production of the cars at six North American car-assembly plants. The Japanese automaker didn't give a date for when production of the models would restart.

The U.S. sales suspension applies to the 2009-2010 RAV4, the 2009-2010 Corolla, the 2007-2010 Camry, the 2009-2010 Matrix, the 2005-2010 Avalon, the 2010 Highlander, the 2007-2010 Tundra and the 2008-2010 Sequoia.

The sticking accelerator pedal recall is separate from the ongoing recall of Toyota and Lexus vehicles for risk of pedal entrapment by incorrect or out of place accessory floor mats. Some 1.7 million Toyotas are subject to both recall actions, according to Toyota.com.

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