• Jan 26th 2010 at 6:50PM
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Toyota has announced that it will halt sales of eight models due to its ongoing problems with unintended acceleration. At issue are accelerator pedal mechanisms that could get stuck in the open position due to wear, causing the vehicle to accelerate uncontrollably. Earlier this month, Toyota announced a recall of 2.3 million vehicles with the possible defect.

Late last year, the Japanese automaker recalled nearly four million vehicles for floor mats that could trap accelerator pedals, also causing unintended acceleration. The two issues are apparently unrelated, though a total of 1.7 million vehicles are affected by both issues.

The following eight models are included in the sales suspension (you can see them all in the gallery below):
  • 2009-2010 RAV4
  • 2009-2010 Corolla
  • 2009-2010 Matrix
  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • Certain 2007-2010 Camry models
  • 2010 Highlander
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2008-2010 Sequoia
No Lexus or Scion sales have been halted, and due to the sales suspension of the above eight models, a number of manufacturing plants will be shut down for at least the week of February 1st. Click past the break for all the details on the recall and the plants being shuttered in North America.

*UPDATE: Toyota has confirmed to us that the Camry Hybrid and Highlander Hybrid are not included in the sales suspension. Toyota has also reiterated that no Lexus or Scion models are included as these cars are built in Japan.

[Source: Toyota]
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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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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm glad that some of you seem to find this funny...in September I traded my not so safe car in so that i could have something safe to drive my children around in...I guess I was wrong in choosing a 2009-2010 Rav 4. And the worst part is that the dealer I bought it from I will NEVER take the car back to for any work what so ever...when the car arrived from the factory it was damaged and needed to be painted, they actually painted the car the wrong color(metallic black instead of flat black) then lied to me and said an auto body shop had done the work when in fact the owners nephew actually did it in the back...bought it back again to be painted and got a dirty paint job was also told the oil had been changed when it actually was never changed in their service dept....and that was according to their own computer system....any way long story short now I have a car i'm afraid to drive. THANKS TOYOTA
        • 5 Years Ago
        check your vend #. If it starts with a J then it was made in Japan. J cars are not affected.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a wave of Japanese nationalist trolls from 2Ch are attempting in taking over Autoblog, trying to save and defend their beloved motherland company from the evil Americans..
      ..Wait I thought they hated Toyota themselves as well.. Hm.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Bitter are you Vettedouce?

      You sound like some other racist pigs on this forum that frequent here....

      Don't worry..I'll pick you up for the side of the road with my Honda or Toyota while you figure out why your POS GM car won't turn over.

      Oh and the immigrant thing....you are one dumbfk....who do you think gives people overseas jobs? Your wonderful whitey-ville corporations. Who do you think hires these stupid gardeners who pollute our air? Your whitey-ville neighbors in their McMansions. Is some white ahole from Simi Valley going to stand there and cut his own grass?

      Uhhh...don't think so.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The best news I've heard all day! Oh what a feeling!
        • 5 Years Ago

        LOL tribalism much? I hope you are not Black, because if you are....
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        @tankdog - If they chose to work for the enemy I say tough shyte. American car companies can employ them as Toyota withdraws from America and demand for American vehicles takes their place. This whole situation is a perfect storm for the demise of Toyota of America and also a perfect storm for American car companies because they have been producing the best cars in their history lately while Toyota has been making junk for the last 6 years. I love America, I hate Toyota.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Not as much as Toyota does.

        Which is why, without knowing what the problem is, they've stopped American production ONLY and will continue to build vehicles in Japan with identical components and ship them here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It only affects the pedals that were made at a certain company.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The geeks on this blog are too quick to blame Toyota even if it's a manufacturer defect.
      • 5 Years Ago
      y'know,that Chrysler Sebring over there is starting to look a little more desirable...

      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah - I know, and I'm sure all of you people who still think Japan is the enemy know, a lot of people who drive these cars everyday. These are people that I love. I am not laughing about this and hope they fix it as quickly as possible.

      It is an amazing thing though. A company can no longer sell their best selling products in their biggest market. This is like Apple suspending sales of the Iphone, Ipod and Macbook. This is insane. American car companies are very happy about this (as are Honda and Hyundai and VW...ok EVERYBODY but Toyota is happy about this) and it will be interesting to see how this plays out with regards to Toyota's credibility, market share, profits, sales...etc. Even a loss of 1% in sales in the states means about 10,000 less vehicles sold (which is anywhere from 150,000,000 to 200,000,000 million dollars...10,000 x $20,000)...this is crazy. If they lose 1% of market share then the numbers get much bigger.

      And this does affect Americans - everybody who works at a Toyota plant in the U.S. is going to lose a week's pay or more. That sucks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hence why I fail to see the reason why people on here are cheering about it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota Stopped his Production

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      Unless its not that simple....and its something else that Toyota doesn't want you knowing about or maybe they really don't know themselves.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm a Toyota mechanic. Trust me, we knew about this many, many months ago and after a dozen or so service bulletins, all guess work, no solution is in the pipeline.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i have a 2006 gm malibu, and my foot pad on the floor has gotten stuck several times by the excelorator, but i never thought anything of it, until reading this here. i am calling gm tomorrow, and am going to ask if they've been recalled too, and let them know what's going on with my padding on the floor too. because it did get caught more than once. this is scary to me know. i don't know whether to get it checked out, and get a loaner, or to just take the padding out altogether, and still let them know anyways. please, people let me know what to do. thank you all. linda
      • 5 Years Ago
      Like i always say, buy American, that way you know your buying a piece of crap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good-----Tired of these ugly a$$ cars littering the road with their little sewing machine engines slowing traffic up and all of the idiots that think they are invincible behind the wheel of them as well!

      Hope Toyota extends the production suspension, sales and extends the recall. I will especially pay more careful attention to avoid driving around these fugly vehicles if I can help it, for the person driving them may not have the ability to stop!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Unfortunately for you, Toyota will be ok.
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