Toyota suspends sale of eight selected models temporarily

Toyota Motor Sales, USA, is instructing Toyota dealers to temporarily suspend sales of eight models

Toyota recently said that, it would recall approximately 2.3 million vehicles to correct sticking accelerator pedals on specific Toyota Division models.

According to the company, it has investigated isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms in certain vehicles, without the presence of floor mats. Toyota expected that there would be 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.

The accelerator pedal recall and suspension of sales is confined to the Toyota Division vehicles including: 2009-2010 RAV4, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2005-2010 Avalon, Certain 2007-2010 Camry, 2010 Highlander, 2007-2010 Tundra and 2008-2010 Sequoia.

The company said that due to sales suspension, it is expected to stop producing vehicle production lines for the week of February 1 to assess and coordinate activities. The affected North America vehicle production facilities include: 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, (Camry) and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (Tundra).

Bob Carter, group vice president and division general manager at Toyota, said: "Helping ensure the safety of our customers and restoring confidence in Toyota are very important to our company. 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."