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Toyota Suspends Sales of 8 Models in Safety Recall

January 26, 2010

TORRANCE, CA -- Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. is instructing Toyota dealers to temporarily suspend sales of eight models that are included in a safety recall aimed at addressing reports of sticking accelerator pedals. 

Toyota's accelerator pedal recall and suspension of sales are confined to the following Toyota Division vehicles: 

  • 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 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.  

"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 last week announced it would recall approximately 2.3 million vehicles to correct sticking accelerator pedals on specific Toyota Division models. Toyota said it 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," the automaker said. 

Due to the sales suspension, Toyota is expected to stop producing vehicles on the following production lines for the week of Feb. 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 ongoing 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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