Toyota halts US sales of 8 recalled vehicle models

By KEN THOMAS
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100126/ap_on_bi_ge/us_toyota_recall;_ylt=As...
WASHINGTON – Toyota Motor Co. said Tuesday it was suspending U.S. sales of eight recalled vehicle models to fix accelerator pedals that stick, the latest quality problem to confront the world's No. 1 automaker.

As part of the plan, Toyota said it was halting production at five manufacturing facilities for the week of Feb. 1 "to assess and coordinate activities." There are 2.3 million vehicles involved in the recall, which was announced last week.

"This action is necessary until a remedy is finalized," said Bob Carter, Toyota's group vice president and general manager.

The Japanese automaker says the sales suspension includes the 2009-2010 RAV4, the 2009-2010 Corolla, the 2009-2010 Matrix, the 2005-2010 Avalon, the 2007-2010 Camry, the 2010 Highlander, the 2007-2010 Tundra and the 2008-2010 Sequoia. (MORE)

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Very smart business move by Toyota. I wonder what would have happened if Chevy had done this with the Corvair, or Ford with the Pinto. It's a shame all the plants are here in the states. I hope people don't get the wrong idea and blame it on the American worker who lives on Main Street not Wall Street.

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LOL I thought of the same thing about the Pinto Fred.

Did you ever see the movie Top Secret with a young Val Kilmer? They had a great scene about a Ford Pinto.

Even though my Toyota isn't a part of the recall I'm glad they're being so up front about this. I had parts from my Ford Focus recalled about 5 years ago and didn't find out until I took it into a dealership for service which was uncommon for me as I normally do it myself. However I never had a problem from Ford sending me emails to try to get me to buy a second Ford.

MikeyA

IT WAS NOT THE MATS & ITS NOT THE PEDAL

The Times found that complaints of sudden acceleration in many Toyota and Lexus vehicles shot up almost immediately after the automaker adopted the so-called drive-by-wire system over the past decade. That system uses sensors, microprocessors and electric motors to connect the driver's foot to the engine, rather than a traditional link such as a steel cable.
For some Toyota models, reports of unintended acceleration increased more than five-fold after drive-by-wire systems were adopted, according to the review of thousands of consumer complaints filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Toyota first installed electronic throttles in 2002 model year Lexus ES and Toyota Camry sedans. Total complaints of sudden acceleration for the Lexus and Camry in the 2002-04 model years averaged 132 a year. That's up from an average of 26 annually for the 1999-2001 models, the Times review found.

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Ahem...it's a CYA move ,years after making a really really stupid move to fly by wire for an automobile accelerator and denying the problem even existed....even trying to blame it on floor mats..

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Leave it to Fred to live in the past talking about his hippy days of Corvairs, Pintos, and nickle bags of pot. You still smokin the stuff Fred? Sounds like it! Toyota now has all the flunky managers that were let go as non performers in the Big Three. Where did you think they got all those so-called managers with "experience" when the Japs were growing and the Big Three was shrinking? Their denial of the problem for five years sounds like dead beat management that we long ago set to the curb. Zeitgeist we agree on this one about the cable to electronic pedal. Where the hell are the engineers with their feet on the ground. Just plain stupid I seen it five years ago when these idiots went with this.

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Toyota has a problem. The accelerator pedal is no longer attached to the throttle plate by a cable. Four or five years ago the geniuses at Toyota decided to do this electronically to save money. Somethings are better left alone especially when it comes to safety.

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This may be the only thing you and I agree on doggy...

Fly by wire In an Auto is just plain stupid.

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