Fresh on the heels of last week’s Toyota safety recall of more than 2.3 vehicles, the world’s No. 1 automobile manufacturer has ceased production and U.S. sales of eight vehicle models due to the possible design flaw in gas pedals that is causing unintended acceleration. This production halt also includes Toyota’s best-selling models – Camry and Corolla.
This latest announcement calls for the cessation of sales for the Camry, Corolla, RAV4, Highlander, Sequoia, Tundra, Avalon, and Matrix models. Last week’s recall included the 2009 and 2010 RAV4, 2009 and 2010 Corolla, 2009 and 2010 Matrix, 2005 through 2010 Avalon, 2007 through 2010 Camry, 2010 Highlander, 2007 through 2010 Tundra, and 2008 through 2010 Sequoia. Since then, more year models are being investigated, and even rental agencies like Hertz, Avis and Enterprise are removing qualified year models from their rental inventories.
The recall is Toyota’s second major announcement since November, when the manufacturer announced a 4.3-million vehicle recall due to an unrelated floor mat issue. However, this current recall is having significant impacts within a number of countries. Some recent global news regarding the Toyota recall includes:
- Five North American Toyota plants will become idle as of February 1 for a period of one week. Each plant is trying to accommodate Toyota workers with other duties to avoid loss of personal income, and no layoffs are expected.
- China has announced a nationwide recall of more than 75,000 RAV4 vehicles. As a result, Ford has halted some production in the manufacturer’s Chinese plants.
- General Motors has delayed the production of at least two dozen Pontiac Vibe models because of their strong similarity to the Toyota Matrix. The Vibe, however, has almost completely been taken out of production as GM phases out its Pontiac line, and no Vibes currently being driven are believed to be in danger of recall.
If you or a loved one owns one of the affected Toyota models and have experienced problems with sudden unintended acceleration or stuck accelerators, contact Newsome Law Firm and fill out a case evaluation form today. Our team of attorneys has experience specific to complications associated with automobile recalls. Not only can they give you the legal guidance you need, they can help you get the compensation you deserve.