Toyota Suspends Sales, Production of Its BestsellersBy Michelle Krebs January 26, 2010
In an unprecedented move, Toyota announced Tuesday that it was suspending sales and production of eight Toyota-brand models -- some of its bestsellers -- due to safety concerns regarding sticking accelerator pedals on vehicles that only last week were covered in the company's latest recall.
"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."
Vehicles that will not be for sale temporarily are the: 2009-2010 RAV4; 2009-2010 Corolla; 2009-2010 Matrix; 2005-2010 Avalon; certain 2007-2010 Camry; 2010 Highlander; 2007-2010 Tundra; and 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. Those models will remain for sale.
In addition, Toyota also said it will halt production of the affected vehicles beginning the week of Feb. 1. Toyota did not say how long plants would be idle.
Plants that will be closed 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)