By KATE LINEBAUGH And NORIHIKO SHIROUZU
In a stunning and unprecedented move, Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday halted sales of most of its popular models in the U.S. in response to growing concerns that possible defects may cause the vehicles to accelerate unintentionally.
The Japanese car maker, which long has been viewed as the leader in automotive quality, said it told its dealers to stop selling eight models, including the Camry and Corolla sedans, two of the biggest sellers in the U.S. market. Other models affected by the move include the RAV4 and Highlander sport-utility vehicles and the Tundra pickup truck.
The eight models represented 57% of Toyota's 2009 U.S. sales. Toyota also said it will stop producing the affected vehicles at several North American plants for one week starting Feb. 1.
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I'm surprised I'm the first one to post about this. So, ontd_p'ers are you driving a recalled vehicle? And what do you think about what Toyota has done to try to solve this issue? Also, do you have any ideas as to what might be causing it? My money is on short in the computer that controls cruise control.
Or it could be the fuel injectors. I forgot to mention that my 2001 Oldsmobile Alero took off on me and my mom a couple of times. Mainly when you are in park or going really slow. It kicked up the RPM to 2. Mechanic had to take apart my engine block to find out that three of the fuel injectors were broken. He replaced all six of them and since no runaway car or gas smell.
Tips for surviving the Toyota Christine:
DO NOT TURN OFF THE VEHICLE YOU WILL LOSE POWER STEERING
Shift the vehicle into NEUTRAL, SLAM ON YOUR BRAKES, and Pull the EMERGENCY BRAKE
This is what ALL the experts are saying to do if you find yourself in this position. The car in neutral cannot accelerate and it will lose speed. Slamming on your brake and pulling the emergency brake will increase the friction and cause the vehicle to slow down further. When the car has come to a complete stop then you can turn it off.
I do not know if you should restart it or not. I suggest calling the cops/insurance company.