Toyota Sales Halt Was Federally Mandated

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
toyota sales halt was federally mandated

Toyota’s decision to halt sales of eight models in connection with the ongoing unintended acceleration debacle was made at the order of the NHTSA, reports the Detroit News. “Toyota was complying with the law,” NHTS reps tell DetN. “They consulted with the agency. We informed them of the obligations, and they complied.”According to the DetN, Toyota was legally required to halt sales when it announced its latest recall five days ago. Why didn’t Toyota halt sales then? NHTSA isn’t saying, only going as far as to say “at this point, you need to talk to Toyota about those decisions. We’ll be continuing to work with Toyota and having conversations.”

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  • Dkulmacz Dkulmacz on Jan 27, 2010

    I'm waiting for the first post that ties a NHTSA-mandated shutdown with the government's involvement in GM and Chrysler. You know . . . since the Feds now run GM/ChryCo, of course they will sic their minions at NHTSA on the competition. I'm disappointed it hasn't popped yet. Come on guys . . . I know you have it in you!

  • Gardiner Westbound Gardiner Westbound on Jan 27, 2010

    Toyota wouldn't fib, would it?

  • CarPerson CarPerson on Jan 27, 2010

    W See BS, New York City, informs it's viewers with this: "In a stunning setback, the automaker has stopped selling eight popular models in the U.S. because of concerns the accelerator could stick, making the car almost impossible to stop." Yep, damn near impossible to bring them to a halt.

  • Mach1 Mach1 on Jan 27, 2010

    I've long suspected that the "quality halo" around Toyota was not as golden as portrayed. A lot of this was supported by the "superior" opinions of those who thought anything not made in Detroit had to be better.

    • WildBill WildBill on Jan 29, 2010

      For my personal experience, my two Toyotas were the most reliable cars I've owned in almost 40 yrs. of driving. And they weren't high end models. The best over all and favorite was an '82 Accord, it did have a few issues. The most troublesome have been domestics: three Ford trucks and a Dodge truck. Just one man's experience. Jury still out on the Subaru.