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    Default Toyota halts sales of recalled models

    Last Updated: January 27. 2010 1:00AM
    Production of 8 vehicle lines suspended to fix faulty gas pedals
    Christine Tierney and David Shepardson / The Detroit News

    Toyota Motor Corp., scrambling to contain damage to its reputation for safety, is halting sales and production of eight models that the automaker recalled last week to fix gas pedals that could get stuck.

    Toyota said Tuesday it had told its U.S. dealers to stop selling the vehicles, which include the popular RAV4 compact sport utility vehicle and the Corolla and Camry sedans.

    Toyota's action seemed unprecedented in scope, although the company and other automakers have halted output of vehicles while they tried to correct a problem.

    The Japanese automaker's move will be costly, affecting models that account for close to half of its U.S. sales as well as production at five assembly plants and one engine factory in North America for about a week.

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    Default Toyota plants ready to receive replacements for faulty pedals

    Hans Greimel and Kathy Jackson
    Automotive News -- January 27, 2010 - 12:01 am ET
    UPDATED: 1/27/10 9:53 a.m. ET

    TOKYO - Toyota Motor Corp.'s North American assembly plants are preparing to receive redesigned replacements for the faulty accelerator pedal mechanisms that led the automaker to suspend sales of eight models.

    The sales halt will be followed by a production shutdown next week at five North American plants, Toyota said late Tuesday. The factories produce the cars and trucks that were among the 2.3 million Toyota recalled last week to fix accelerator pedals that are prone to stick.

    Some Toyota plants may have already received the replacement part, but others will have to wait until production of the new mechanism ramps up, a person familiar with the matter said.

    The source didn't offer details of the timeline. Blueprints for the redesigned mechanism were finished earlier this week by engineers at Toyota r&d and the U.S. supplier, CTS Corp., the person said.

    “The countermeasure pedal is now available from the supplier,” the source said. “We are now in the transition period. It's just a matter of time in getting the parts to the plants.”

    Toyota spokeswoman Ririko Takeuchi confirmed that the supplier has already developed a replacement mechanism for the pedals. She said it was unclear to what extent they have already been shipped to assembly plants.Two of the factories are in Indiana, with one each in Texas, Kentucky and Canada.

    The fix comes as the world's largest automaker struggles to rein in a widening crisis involving complaints about unintended acceleration cases, several that involved fatal crashes.

    The faulty accelerators were made in Canada by CTS, which is headquartered in Elkhart, Ind. A person answering the phone after hours Tuesday declined to comment on the situation.

    Last week's recall covers 2005-10 Avalons, 2007-10 Camrys and Tundras; 2008-10 Sequoias; 2009-10 Corollas, RAV4s and Matrixes; and 2010 Highlanders

    The shutdown

    Takeuchi said next week's production shutdown is aimed at averting an inventory backup. It was unclear when output will resume. Production of the recalled vehicles will be initially halted from Feb. 1 through Feb. 5.

    Following the Jan. 21 recall announcement, a limited number of vehicles continued to be made with the problematic pedal mechanism, Takeuchi said. It is unclear how many, but those vehicles were not shipped, she said.

    Last week's recall followed a 4.2 million-vehicle recall last fall aimed at fixing floor mats that could jam the accelerator, causing unintended acceleration.

    Bigger headaches still loom for Toyota.

    Although the company has developed a replacement pedal mechanism so it can continue production of 2010 model year vehicles, fixing vehicles already in the field is more complicated.

    Swapping old pedals for new ones would require volume of some 2 million pedals.

    “We have to produce more than 2 million pedals,” the source said. “That takes a long time. That's more than we can produce in a year.”

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