Toyota suspends sales in US

* Eight models affected * Follows 2.3 million recall * Share value falls by 2%...

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What Car? Staff
27 January 2010

Toyota has revealed that it is to suspend sales of eight of its most popular vehicles in the US.

The decision to suspend sales comes a week after Toyota was forced to recall 2.3 million vehicles in the States, following safety fears involving a 'sticking' accelerator pedal.

A spokesman for Toyota said: 'This action is necessary until a remedy is finalised'.

Sales of the following vehicles will be suspended:
• 2007-2010 Camry and Tundra;
• 2009-2010 RAV4, Corolla and Matrix;
• 2005-2010 Avalon;
• 2010 Highlander;
• 2008-2010 Sequoia.

Talking of the risk that such a move could have on Toyota's sales, Koji Endo, auto analyst at Advanced Research Japan, said: 'The recall itself won't be a big problem for Toyota's earnings, but suspending production and sales could have a big impact, depending on how long it lasts.'

No news for the UK
As yet there are still no plans to recall vehicles in the UK.

A Toyota UK spokesman told us that it was a US-specific problem, but that safety issues were under 'ongoing investigation' and an announcement would be made only if any further action was required.

Toyota's share value fell by 2% on Japan's Nikkei index after it was announced that sales would be suspended.