Toyota halts sales of 8 recalled vehicle models for acceleration problem

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    Video: Steve Landers Jr. talks about Toyota recall

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  • After a number of deadly accidents, Toyota is suspending the sale of 8 of its most popular vehicles.

    Just last week, Toyota recalled the vehicles, because of reports of the accelerators getting stuck. What does this mean for Toyota owners and local dealers?

    This is a major blow for the car makers. This sale suspension comes on top of another recall the company issued in November, which also has to do with acceleration problems. Today, local dealers are faced with the backlash.

    On Wednesday, some Toyota owners are questioning whether it's safe to drive their cars after the company announced Tuesday it's stopping the sale of eight models.

    "I just want to know that my vehicle is safe for me to drive," says Toyota driver Lori McDonald.

    "I was just very surprised, very shocked; I just wanted to know more about it of course," says Toyota driver Lorie Kimes.

    Toyota says the problem is in the accelerators. Over time spokespeople say they can wear and in rare cases, become harder to press and slower to return or even worse get stuck in the accelerated position.

    General Manager Steve Landers says things have been particularly busy at Landers Toyota in Little Rock after the news broke.

    "The main thing is to bring your vehicle in, let's get it inspected than we'll see if it's one of the ones affected pedals or not and then we'll proceed from there."

    If drivers experience problems with their gas pedals, Toyota says applying the brakes should be enough to get control of the car, while Consumer Reports recommends putting the car in neutral.

    McDonald, though, didn't wait to have a problem before bringing in her Sequoia.

    "I want to know that whenever my husband and daughter are in my vehicle and we're driving some where I just want to know that ultimately we're safe," says McDonald.

    57 percent of the company's models are affected including the Toyota RAV4 2009-2010, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, some 2007-2010 Camrys, Highlanders 2010, Tundras 2007-2010, Sequoias 2008-2010 and Avalons 2005-2010.

    Landers explains only some of the pedals are thought to be defective. Mechanics there have been inspecting the cars all day, and replacing the pedals when needed. They're also working to reassure customers.

    Click here for more information about the recall.

    Steve Landers Jr. joined Alyson on the couch Thursday morning to talk about the recall and how it affects Arkansas. Click on the second video to see that interview.


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