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Update: Toyota Stops Sales, Production Of Recalled Stuck-Accelerator Cars

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Toyota's recall troubles keep stacking up, but the giant carmaker has been sluggish to respond. Cars subject to the latest recall for a stuck accelerator pedal are still rolling off assembly lines, even as the company struggles to repair the 2.3 million affected cars. But that won't last much longer, as Toyota announced late today that it is instructing dealers to halt sales and will soon halt production of all affected models.

Production will continue through the end of this week, but is expected to temporarily cease for the week of February 1 so Toyota can "assess and coordinate activities." "Helping ensure the safety of our customers and restoring confidence in Toyota are very important to our company," said Bob Carter, group vice president and Toyota Division general manager.  "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 decision to stop production could have a huge impact on the company, as eight of the most popular models are affected.

Last Thursday, Toyota issued a recall for 2.3 million vehicles that can potentially face issues with sticking accelerator pedals, causing the vehicle to accelerate on its own. Eight models, including the RAV4, Corolla, Matrix, Avalon, Camry, Highlander, Tundra, and Sequoia fall within the scope of the recall.

Toyota said in its recall announcement that the problem is rare and only presents in cars with worn accelerator pedals. That might mean that new-production vehicles won't face the issue until farther down the road, allowing time for the fix to be made at dealerships. Cars bought recently will still need to be addressed to prevent the problem from occurring in the future, however.

If faced with a stuck accelerator, Toyota advises owners to apply the brakes steadily and firmly, without pumping the brakes, and to shut off the engine at the earliest safe opportunity.


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Comments (8)
  1. Good that they finally grew a conscience.

  2. The sad thing is that most people still believe that toyota makes quality vehicles.

  3. Just in case you have this happen. Do not simply push on the brake as hard as you can. Push on the brake and take the car out of gear (put it in neutral). Do not attempt to shut the engine off until you have stopped. This recomendation above is not correct.

  4. So why do people keep throwing their money at this POS company. Buy a ford or GM.

  5. I think this is deaper than sticking acclerator pedals. When was the last time a automaker shut them selfs down because there cars where unsafe, never! Toyotas reputation is gone, they should be on the bottom of the pile. And Consumer Reports keeps saying they are good cars? What crap. This is just the tip of the iceburg. I even thing Toyota dosent know what the issue is, could it be electrical, computer issue? what aare they going to do about the tundra frames rusting out? man I willl keep driving my Chryslers and feel safe. I would hate to work at a Toyota dealer right now, but I have a feeling they are brain washed too.

  6. Speculation is that this and the last massive recall are not a mechanical problems involving the accelerator, but a fly-by-wire problem since Toyota uses electronic signals rather than mechanical linkage to relay throttle information to the engine.

  7. It is good to know that Toyota has already ordered dealers to stop the selling and the production of models that were recalled due to problems with their accelerator pedal. However, we must remember that though the company is making this move to avoid possible future accidents, a recall may not be necessary if it has done its duty of producing quality vehicles that may be safely used by the consumers. All automakers are required to do this in order to avoid possible car accidents that may cause innocent people to die or to sustain severe injuries.

  8. Toyota is changing by the day. They just repossessed my Rav4 even when I was able to make arrangements to pay my late payments ASAP. I guess my 2006 is at least still worth something so they'll take it away from a single parent of a kid with medical problems to make their money now.
    I've owned only Toyota's for over 20 years with no previous problems. I'm no longer a loyal Toyota customer....

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