Toyota Motor Company has announced the recall of more than 2 million vehicles because of concerns over sudden acceleration problems caused when the accelerator pedal sticks in eight different models. Toyota models which are part of the recall are: 2009-2010 Toyota Rav4, Corolla and Matrix; 2005-2010 Avalon; 2007-2010 Camry; 2010 Highlander; 2007-2010 Tundra and 2008-2010 Sequoia.
In a remarkable move, never before undertaken by an automobile manufacturer, Toyota has also announced that they have asked their dealers to stop selling the affected models until the issues are resolved and are also suspending production in five North American production facilities beginning on Monday, February 1, 2010 to “fix the problem” and will not sell cars currently in production until the problem is resolved, which could take weeks.
“Helping ensure the safety of our customers and restoring confidence in Toyota are very important to our company,” said Toyota USA group vice president Bob Carter. “This action is necessary until a remedy is finalized.”
No Lexus Division or Scion vehicles are affected by these actions, nor are any other models in the Toyota line. Certain select Camry models, including all Camry hybrids, which will still be sold during this shut down.
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.
Toyota owners or leases of the affected vehicles should contact their local dealer for more information or Toyota customer service 1-800-331-4331.