January 28, 2010
by PLANT STAFF
A RAV4 on the assembly line at Toyota’s Woodstock, Ont. plant.
TORONTO: A sticking accelerator pedal on eight of its models has prompted Toyota Canada Inc. to shut down production at several plants and instruct its dealers to temporarily suspend sales.
The recall affecting approximately 270,000 vehicles in Canada (and almost 3.4 million in the US) will also result in a halt to production for the week of Feb. 1 on seven North American production lines, including Toyota’s operations in Cambridge, Ont. and Woodstock where Corollas, the Matrix and RAV4 are made.
The company employs about 5,900 people at the two Canadian plants.
Toyota didn’t say when production would resume, but it said workers will have the option of receiving additional training, taking vacation or unpaid leave.
Other affected facilities include:
• Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Line 1 (Camry, Avalon)
• Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc., Indiana (Camry)
• Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (Sequoia, Highlander)
• Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (Tundra)
Toyota announced Jan. 21 it had investigated isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms in certain vehicles without the presence of floor mats. The automaker said there is a possibility certain accelerator pedal mechanisms may, in rare instances, mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position.
The recall involves the following vehicles:
• 2009-2010 RAV4,
• 2009-2010 Corolla,
• 2009-2010 Matrix,
• 2005-2010 Avalon,
• Certain 2007-2010 Camry,
• 2010 Highlander,
• 2007-2010 Tundra,
• 2008-2010 Sequoia
Associated Press reports the recall has also been extended to Europe and China. The accelerators were made in a CTS Corp. plant in Mississauga, Ont. CTS said it’s working with Toyota on a new pedal design.