January 26, 2010


This is HUGE.

There is more going on here besides a simple gas pedel sticking. They have no idea what the problem is and it is probably very wide spread. A company does not just halt the sale and production of vehicles unless it's something huge.

WASHINGTON Toyota is suspending U.S. sales of eight recalled vehicle models to fix accelerator pedals that stick. As part of the plan, Toyota is 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.

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.

The recall came months after Toyota recalled 4.2 million vehicles due to gas pedals that could become trapped under floor mats, causing the vehicle to accelerate.

Posted by Quality Weenie at January 26, 2010 06:30 PM

Huge may turn out to be an understatement. Great weblog from a fellow quality weenie!

Posted by: Roy at January 26, 2010 07:10 PM

Whoa... that IS huge!! Those are all very popular models, too...

I just snickered. That's so wrong, isn't it?

My friend in Houston just emailed that he's buying a Honda Fit because of gas mileage. I nearly fainted. I mean, Ford makes a dang subcompact. Buy American!

Posted by: Pam at January 27, 2010 09:34 AM

Welcome Roy!

I am unemployed at the moment (well actually for the past 1 1/2 years) but I am a Quality Engineer within the Automotive industry and at one time worked for a Toyota Supplier.

Oh the stuff I could tell about Toyota and the fallacy it's built around itself.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at January 27, 2010 09:39 AM

Pamibe, the Honda Fit. Hope they don't minds being made fun of, the Honda Fit is a bit of a design joke amoung most people.

Honda Fit gets 27 city/ 33 hwy
Escape Hybrid gets 34 city/31 hwy

And really I wouldn't trust the Japanese companies and their gas mileage estamates, they use methods to find gas mileage that are not real world testing while the Big 3 have reverted to real world testing methods for gas mileage. The Japenese have also been known to "estimate" their horse power in vehicles and their "estimates" tend to be higher then reality.

Plus doing price comparisons, the Big 3 vehicles tend to be less expensive now a days.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at January 27, 2010 09:46 AM