Toyota suspends US sales of 8 models Over Safety Issue

January 27, 2010

(ChattahBox) – Toyota has decided to suspend sales in the United States of eight largely new models while it continues to examines problem with sticking accelerator pedals.

The move by Toyota Motor Sales USA came after the world’s largest automaker recalled last week 2.3 million Toyota cars and trucks in the United States because of the accelerator problem and an earlier recall of 4.2 million vehicles — both due to similar issues.

Assembly lines at five North American plants will be idled the week starting Feb. 1. Mike Goss, a company spokesman, said he couldn’t immediately say how many units of production would be lost.

Models affected by the announcement were the 2009-2010 RAV4, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2005-2010 Avalon, as well as certain 2007-2010 Camry, 2010 Highlander, 2007-2010 Tundra and 2008-2010 Sequoia models, according to the statement.  The models represented 57% of Toyota’s 2009 sales in the U.S. — its No. 2 market by volume.

No Lexus Division or Scion vehicles were affected by the actions.  Also unaffected were Toyota Prius, Tacoma, Sienna, Venza, Solara, Yaris, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser and select Camry models, including all Camry hybrids, which the company said “will remain.”

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