Eight Toyota models no longer can be bought from USA customers on unlimited period of time. The decision affects the same models put under a recall due to some pedal speed problems.
Toyota suspended officially the selling of the eight models in US. The measure was taken without precedent in auto industry history in U.S.
“Our customer’s safety and restoration of a high level of trust in Toyota are extremely important elements for our company. We’re making every effort we can to thank our client as soon as possible”, said Toyota vice president, Bob Carter.
The cars which were out of production are RA V4, Corolla, Matrix, Avalon and a part of engine version of models Camry, Highlander, Tundra and Sequoia. This decision doesn’t affects Scion and Lexus and also none of the versions of Prius, Tacoma, Sienna, Venza, Solara, Yaris, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser and Camry Hybrid, all these are available for sell.
One of the most important effects of this decision is closing the production in five Toyota factories from U.S. for five weeks, starting 1 February in order not to produce too many car models that won’t be sold.
Michelle Krebs, senior analyst from Edmunds.com said: “This decision shows how serious is the safety problem. All started with some minor problem and ended with closing some factories for a long period of time, and I believe the Japanese entire credibility is under question this moment”.
There are also opinions that pro Toyota’s decision. “It was necessary a message from Toyota that they care about their clients more than of their profit. And the Japanese done it”, said Edmunds executive director, Jeremy Anwyl.
Toyota also announced that the recall started in U.S. might extend in Europe. Although, there isn’t information from Japanese, the Nip press rumored to be about two million units affected in Europe.
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