Toyota Suspension Affects Local Dealers

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Toyota has suspended the sales of eight models, as it takes a hard look at a sudden acceleration problem. It's unclear when sales of those models, listed below, will resume.

The company recalled 2.3 million vehicles last week, because of those reports of a sticky accelerator. Local dealers are in a holding pattern.

Due to the recall, John O'Neil Johnson Toyota on Highway 39 now has sixty-six cars that it can't sell.

Neil Johnson said Toyota dealers may experience a little bit of difficulty right now, but he isn't overly worried.

"You know, I can't worry. I just think about today and doing the right thing today and the worrying would not help," said Johnson.

And part of doing the right thing, for Toyota, is finding a fix.

"They do not have a fix yet, but when they do have an idea of what the fix is, NHTSA, the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration will have to approve it, so right now we're awaiting for that approval," said Johnson.

The fix is needed for what is believed to be an unintended acceleration. Johnson says that is what initiated the recall.

"Toyota does not know, I believe, what exactly the problem is yet. There were some cases where they believed unintended acceleration was happening in some vehicles. It's not proven yet, but there's speculation.
Johnson says no specific time line has been put on the recall.

"We went through our inventory this morning and we marked the ones we are to put on hold," said Johnson. "We've just got them parked together. We've got the remaining vehicles, that we can sell, still on the lot."

For Johnson and other employees of Toyota dealerships, those remaining vehicles will have to provide the necessary business until the recall is resolved. Johnson says owners of the recalled vehicles will be notified of the fix through a letter.

The eight models affected by Toyota's temporary halt of sales:


These models total about 1.8 million vehicles sold in 2009, and represent 57% of Toyota's sales a year ago.

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