Toyota is suspending U.S. sales of eight
recalled vehicle models to fix accelerator pedals that stick.
As part of the plan, Toyota is halting production at six
manufacturing facilities, including a line at the Georgetown, Ky.,
plant - for the week of Feb. 1 "to assess and coordinate
There are 2.3 million vehicles involved in the recall, which was
announced last week.
Officials with Toyota in Georgetown say production Line One will halt all operations starting next week. There are more than two-thousand employees on Line One who focus on making both the Camry and Avalon.
"It didn't make sense to continue to build units in question," explained Rick Hesterberg, a Spokesman for the Georgetown Plant. "Right now, Toyota is focused on fixing the problem and focusing on our customers."
But the halt doesn't mean there will be layoffs. In fact, Hesterberg says Line One employees will have three options; take paid vacation, unpaid vacation or continue to work at regular pay in other areas or departments. He says these are the same options employees had when production slowed last year.
Hester berg also says since the halt should be brief, suppliers shouldn't worry.
If it is contained to a week, then it shouldn't have a detrimental effect."
Dealers say since the announcement of the recall, they're getting more phone calls from concerned customers.
Steve Gates at Toyota South in Richmond says folks are inquisitive but not angry. He says he believes his service department will be full over the coming weeks as Toyota fixes the accelerator pedals.
The Japanese automaker says the sales suspension includes the
2009-2010 RAV4, the 2009-2010 Corolla, the 2009-2010 Matrix, the
2005-2010 Avalon, the 2007-2010 Camry, the 2010 Highlander, the
2007-2010 Tundra and the 2008-2010 Sequoia.
The recall came months after Toyota recalled 4.2 million
vehicles due to gas pedals that could become trapped under floor
mats, causing the vehicle to accelerate.