In response to growing concern over unintended acceleration accidents, Toyota has asked dealers to stop the sales of eight of its sixteen model lines, the company announced on Tuesday. The Japanese automaker will also halt production of the affected vehicle lines for at least one week.
Leftlane reported just five days ago on the recall of 2.3 million vehicles with faulty accelerator pedals that could get stuck during acceleration. The problem can occur when a floor mat is either not present, or is too thin to limit the travel of pedal.
In order to prevent any more vehicles with faulty accelerator pedals from winding up in the hands of consumers, Toyota has announced it will suspend sales of eight models, including the RAV4, Corolla, Matrix, Avalon, Camry, Tundra, Sequoia and Highlander.
As part of the sales freeze, Toyota will also be stopping production of the models beginning February 1st. At this time, no Lexus or Scion vehicles are being included in the recall or sales/production freeze.
The latest recall by Toyota was explained to cause the accelerator pedal in eight of its popular late models to become stuck while accelerating, forcing the vehicle to continue with unintended acceleration after the driver removes pressure from the pedal. Toyota announced that it will be replacing the pedals with a new design to fix the issue.
Toyota has also clarified that the 2.3 million vehicle recall is a separate recall from the 4.3 million vehicle recall that involved unintended acceleration due to a combination of floor mat and accelerator pedal interference.