Toyota Temporarily Suspends Sales of Selected Vehicles

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
toyota temporarily suspends sales of selected vehicles

The nightmare continues for Toyota. Full press release after the jump.

TORRANCE, Calif., January 26, 2010 – – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it is instructing Toyota dealers to temporarily suspend sales of eight models involved in the recall for sticking accelerator pedal, announced on January 21, 2010.“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. “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.”Toyota announced it would recall approximately 2.3 million vehicles to correct sticking accelerator pedals on specific Toyota Division models. Toyota has investigated isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms in certain vehicles without the presence of floor mats. There is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms may, in rare instances, mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position.Toyota’s accelerator pedal recall and suspension of sales is confined to the following Toyota Division vehicles:2009-2010 RAV4,

2009-2010 Corolla,

2009-2010 Matrix,

2005-2010 Avalon,

Certain 2007-2010 Camry,

2010 Highlander,

2007-2010 Tundra,

2008-2010 SequoiaNo Lexus Division or Scion vehicles are affected by these actions. Also not affected are Toyota Prius, Tacoma, Sienna, Venza, Solara, Yaris, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser and select Camry models, including all Camry hybrids, which will remain for sale.Due to the sales suspension, Toyota is expected to stop producing vehicles on the following production lines for the week of February 1 to assess and coordinate activities. The North America vehicle production facilities affected are:• Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Canada (Corolla, Matrix, and RAV4)

• Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (Sequoia and Highlander)

• Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky – Line 1 (Camry and Avalon)

• Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (Camry)

• Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (Tundra)No other North American Toyota vehicle production facilities are affected by the decision to stop production.The sticking accelerator pedal recall is separate from the on-going recall of Toyota and Lexus vehicles to reduce the risk of pedal entrapment by incorrect or out of place accessory floor mats. Approximately 1.7 million Toyota Division vehicles are subject to both separate recall actions.
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  • Srogers Srogers on Jan 27, 2010

    What an attack of the Chicken Littles! Sure, this will shake Toyota's halo a little, but until they've built crap for 30 years they're still not in GMs shoes. I'm no Toyota lover, but I'm sure not putting on my tinfoil hat yet either.

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    • Rnc Rnc on Jan 27, 2010

      To a certain extent you are correct, but the world has changed a great deal, since to pinto experience and the way information travels and is gathered. At a point in time, information was transmitted by (and consumed from) publications and 30 minute news shows. 20 years ago people may have only read/seen the issue only once and then it would slowly die. Today most information is consumed on-line where this is going to be posted on over and over and over for days, weeks and more. At some point CR is going to have to take some sort of action to save it's own reputation, along the lines of "due to recent issues, we can no longer recommend such and such toyota vehicles..." And if this isn't it or it isn't fixed soon it will become a fire storm and toyota will lose thier first generation of car buyers, just like GM lost thiers in the 70's.

  • Britlass Britlass on Jan 27, 2010

    Check out this link: If this letter is genuine then it says the recall only applies to cars made in N America with that CTS pedal. I checked my vin# and it starts with a J- yes! I lucked out, unless they find another reason for the problem other than that part. However this huge recall will probably hurt all of toyota cars' resale values. I will have to drive this baby into the ground- oh well, we keep our cars for 10 yrs anyway. This is the 1st foreign car I have ever bought -figures! I guess next time I will stick with Ford...

    • Wheeljack Wheeljack on Jan 27, 2010

      I'm not sure if I'd say you lucked out - you still have a RAV4 after all.. :)

  • MRF 95 T-Bird Back when the Corolla consisted of a wide range of body styles. This wagon, both four door and two door sedans, a shooting brake like three door hatch as well as a sports coupe hatchback. All of which were on the popular cars on the road where I resided.
  • Wjtinfwb Jeez... I've got 3 Ford's and have been a defender due to my overall good experiences but this is getting hard to defend. Thinking the product durability testing that used to take months to rack up 100k miles or more is being replaced with computer simulations that just aren't causing these real-world issues to pop up. More time at the proving ground please...
  • Wjtinfwb Looks like Mazda put more effort into sprucing up a moribund product than Chevy did with the soon to be euthanized '24 Camaro.
  • Wjtinfwb I've seen worse on the highways around Atlanta, usually with a refrigerator or washer wedged into the trunk and secured with recycled twine...
  • Wjtinfwb Surprising EB Flex hasn't weighed in yet on it being the subject of a recall...