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Toyota to halt sales of many vehicles for sticking accelerator pedal

Toyota is "temporarily" halting the sales of many of its passenger cars and trucks because it can't figure out why the accelerator pedal has stuck in some instances.

These vehicles already are under recall. Now, Toyota is taking the extraordinary step -- I can't recall a time when this has happened before -- of literally pulling them off the showroom floor and halting production lines.

The models affected are:

  • 2009-2010 RAV4.
  • 2009-2010 Corolla.
  • 2009-2010 Matrix.
  • 2005-2010 Avalon.
  • Certain 2007-2010 Camrys.
  • 2010 Highlander.
  • 2007-2010 Tundra.
  • 2008-2010 Sequoia.

    Vehicles that are NOT affected include Lexus and Scion vehicles, the 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.

    The sales halt means a production stoppage for the week of Feb. 1 at the following plants:

  • 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).
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (Tundra)

    "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."

    The stuck accelerator pedal has been a mystery to Toyota, which first advised drivers to remove the floor mat as a preventive measure.

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    Wow, that must be one heck of an overly designed hi-tec KILLER floor mat causing such a ruckus. Toyota may as well shut down everything because the cars listed are practically everything they make.

    Posted by: matrox | January 26, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

    In one of the most recent cases of death-by-Toyota, the floor mats that are supposedly responsible were found in the trunk of the car, already removed ("Floor mats ruled out as cause in fatal Southlake wreck, police say", ). Bottom line- don't buy or drive a recent-model Toyota, or let your friends do so.

    Posted by: hairguy01 | January 26, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

    This response will most likely generate more confidence than that of another autombile company years ago which, in a similar circustance, simply tried to blame the accidents, injuries and deaths on operator error. It is the right thing to do, both technically and as a business decision, not to mention morally.

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    Posted by: sfdgerygyhjujedtgfhfg | January 26, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

    Toyota tried to pawn off that floor mat line because they had no clue as to the real problem. The floor mat in the trunk exposed THAT lie.

    There's a real story here. It won't be covered, because journalism is dead, but it will put the Pinto and Corvair stories to shame. Maybe Natl Enquirer will get around to investigating it.

    Posted by: gbooksdc | January 26, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

    First in quality huh? This isn't the only problem Toyota is having in the last few years. Buy American, Ford's are the best I hear but I've had my Dakota now for nine years and have replaced the manuel clutch once after 140,000 miles...$400 bucks. Other than that, just the tires. Engine still purrs like a kitten and the suspension - unfreaking believable. Still sits as high as it did when I bought it with no bouncing around. I owned a Corolla once. Went through two manuel clutchs in less than 110,000 miles. Then, the transaxle blew out on the highway in the middle of nowhere. I'll never buy another Nippon piece of crap again.

    Posted by: _Cowabunga_ | January 26, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

    What a difference between Toyota and Ford! Remember the Pinto gas tanks?

    Posted by: vincentr | January 26, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse


    Posted by: jtw19391 | January 26, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

    By all means, the accelerator pedals should not get stuck. It should not happen, and the product is certainly faulty.

    However, this SHOULD NOT be the cause of any accidents. Remember, automobiles are multiple thousand pound death machines. In order to be allowed to drive one (and put the lives of others on the road in potential danger), everyone should be able to, amongst other things, deal with an accelerator that is stuck.

    Step on the brake, use the parking brake (gently to avoid skidding and the like), shut the engine off, and shift to neutral (the engine won't spin out of control thanks to some safety features). Even try to pull up on it with your toe or hand (while keeping eyes on the road).

    I'm not saying that cars should be made to have that happen. But, drivers should be ready for anything. Stuck pedals, brakes that don't work, loss of power steering, etc., should provide a challenge, but should be manageable.

    Posted by: gregk13 | January 26, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

    Toyota is great, and many if not most cars are built in the USA, unlike many Ford and GM cars which are built in Canada and Mexico! I did own a Fiesta, a great car, built in Germany.

    We now own a Prius, built in Japan, and it is one fantastic car. In seven years, no trouble except tires and the tiny 12 Volt battery that doesn't even start the car.

    We have a 1992 Honda Civic with 300,000 miles. It goes about 65 miles a day and just passed both Virginia Safety and Emissions Inspections. OK, it has some rough edges, but 300,000 miles? Even the electric windows and skylight work. The unreliable gas gauge is the only thing that bothers me. It was built in Japan.

    Get that from your Dakota!

    Posted by: postreadme | January 26, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

    I am impressed that Toyota is taking this step; it's not something that would be done by so-called domestic automakers. They keep right on selling and churning out their problem vehicles! And maybe the problem isn't Toyota. Is their quality slipping now that they're building many vehicles in the good ol' USA? I've owned and driven Toyotas daily for the past 21 years -- two of them! Yep, I had the first for 13 years (225,000 miles) and the second one for 11 years so far and drive it 50 miles nearly every day. Come on Toyota, don't fall to "domestic" standards!

    Posted by: ColleenKKing | January 27, 2010 6:51 AM | Report abuse

    It's about time the Japanese had a thumb stuck in their eyes. This proves their cars are no better than American cars. Go buy American!

    Posted by: agrossman1 | January 27, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

    Everyone outside the good old U S of A knows that the Americans can’t make a good car. As for Toyota they are probably one of the most reliable cars in the world. Can you be leave that GM would have been so up front about problems with their cars, I think not? You should applaud Toyota not criticise them.

    Posted by: paulnightingaleuk | January 27, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

    Toyota is the most reliable car in the world (if it is made in Japan). I wonder why this malfunction it is only present in Toyota cars manufactured at american plants. No problems reported on Toyota cars manufactured at japanese plants.

    Posted by: mecord | January 28, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

    I had a 2005 Corolla and now have a 2009 Yaris. Both periodically excellerate at a high speed when on cruise control. I think Toyota should look at that as well. Sounds like electronics to me.

    Posted by: drday16 | January 29, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

    Bad news for Toyota - they tried too hard to be 'the world's biggest' and overcome GM - and suppliers shot them in the foot. The 'gas pedal' (an assembly of both mechanical and electronic parts) is a product of two different suppliers - apparently one supplier is causing this problem.

    I priced a Camry ($30K) when I finally bought my Hyundai Sonata in 2006 ($20K out the door, everything but a sunroof) and have never regretted the decision. 206,000 miles and humming along, not a single problem.

    Economic impact - how many US Toyota workers are 'temporarily laid off' because of the production shut-down?

    Posted by: arbothnaught | January 30, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

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