After issuing 6.5 million vehicle recalls over the past few months, Toyota on Tuesday took the further and dramatic step of halting sales of eight models until it gets a handle on whether they are exhibiting uncontrolled acceleration and, if so, why.
Production is being halted on the 2009-'10 RAV4, Corolla, and Matrix; 2005-'10 Avalon; 2007-'10 Camry; 2010 Highlander, 2007-'10 Tundra, and 2008-'10 Sequoia. Five plants in Indiana, Texas, Kentucky, and California will be affected.
Toyota has been racing for months to get in front of whatever engineering issue may exist and the public-relations nightmare it is creating.
Dealers began fitting revised accelerator pedals on 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles cars to correct a part in the throttle linkage that may wear prematurely and prevent the throttle from returning to idle.that was the largest in company history. Earlier this month Toyota also began retrofitting a throttle interrupt mechanism on many Camry, Avalon, and Lexus models, a mechanism that would be phased into all Toyota corporation vehicles by the end of 2010. And a few days ago on 2.3 million
When reports of uncontrolled acceleration began surfacing last fall, the company advised owners of many models to remove floor mats as a temporary solution until dealers could fit a revised accelerator pedal that supposedly would not catch on the flooring. But ABC News has recently surfaced a number of reports of uncontrolled acceleration in Toyota cars whose floor mats had been removed.