Breaking: Toyota Suspends Sale of Eight Models Including Camry, Corolla

Breaking: Toyota Suspends Sale of Eight Models Including Camry, Corolla

Toyota has instructed its dealer network to temporarily suspend the sale of eight models covered under the most recent recall for sticking accelerator pedals. The suspension includes such popular models as Camry, Corolla, RAV4, Matrix, Avalon, Highlander, Tundra and Sequoia.

With the above mentioned vehicles no longer being sold Toyota has also decided to suspend their production while it take measures towards ensuring newly manufactured models are produced properly and without the potentially deadly defect. Manufacturing facilities affected include Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Canada where the Corolla, Matrix and RAV4 and produced; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana where the Sequoia and Highlander are built; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky – Line 1, where the Camry and Avalon and assembles; Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. which also builds the Camry and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas where the Tundra is assembled.

“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.”

Carter did not comment on when a fix would be in place or how long sales of the eight models and their associated production would be suspended.

Toyota recently announced a recall of 2.3 million vehicles for a potential sticking accelerator pedal. This latest recall comes just months after an even larger recall for 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus models which Toyota says could have a sticking accelerator pedal due to improperly installed accessory floor mats.

Official release after the jump:

Toyota Temporarily Suspends Sales of Selected Vehicles

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 Sequoia
No 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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The latest news about the sticking accelerator pedal recall:
The latest news about Toyota’s consumer safety advisory for potential floor mat interference with the accelerator pedal in certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles:
NHTSA report (Nov. 2, 2009)
Toyota owner letter (Nov. 2, 2009)