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by Tim Beissmann

Toyota US has suspended sales of eight models while it finds a solution to the sticking accelerator problem that last week forced it to recall 2.3 million vehicles.

It will also stop production of the vehicles for the week beginning February 1.

Toyota Group vice president and Toyota Division general manager, Bob Carter, said the suspensions confirmed how seriously his company was taking the issue.

“Helping ensure the safety of our customers and restoring confidence in Toyota are very important to our company. This action is necessary until a remedy is finalised. We’re making every effort to address this situation for our customers as quickly as possible,” he said.

As CarAdvice reported last week, Toyota believes “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 eight suspended vehicles made up 65 percent of Toyota’s market share in the US in 2009, including the nation’s top-selling car, the Camry.

The latest accelerator pedal recall applies to the following vehicles:

  • 2009-2010 RAV4
  • 2009-2010 Corolla
  • 2009-2010 Matrix
  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2007-2010 Camry
  • 2010 Highlander
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2008-2010 Sequoia

Toyota vehicles sold in Australia are not affected by the sticking accelerator problem or the recall.

(with Edmunds Inside Line)




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