Toyota abruptly stops sales of most popular vehicles

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PHOENIX – Toyota stunned the auto industry and a lot of drivers announcing it is halting sales of some of its most popular models.

3TV talked to several local dealers and Toyota's announcement has them in shock. The vehicles involved are some of the top-selling cars, trucks, and SUV's in the country such as Camrys, Corollas, Tundras, and several others.

Those models will not be sold at dealerships until they can be fixed. They were recalled last week following reports of gas pedals getting stuck.

Valley Toyota dealers were not willing to talk about the suspension of sales Tuesday night but one of them said it is because they just got word of it and do not fully understand the decision yet.

3TV had to call a Toyota corporate office in California to get some answers. It turns out that recalling the vehicles was not enough. They have to stop selling them for now because Toyota engineers still do not know how to fix the problem with the gas pedals.

Mike Michaels, a Toyota spokesperson, says, “A final remedy/modification to the vehicle has not been finalized. Our engineers are working as quickly as they can to get this finalized, and we'll address customers as quickly as possible."

According to Toyota, the pedal recall and sales suspension affects the following vehicles:
      2009-2010 RAV4,
      2009-2010 Corolla,
      2009-2010 Matrix,
      2005-2010 Avalon,
      Certain 2007-2010 Camry,
      2010 Highlander,
      2007-2010 Tundra,
      2008-2010 Sequoia.

If you already have one of the models in question, you are encouraged to keep driving it but watch for the gas pedal to feel “funny.” If it feels sluggish or rough, stop immediately.

The Toyota spokesperson was not sure how long the suspension of sales will last but it will probably be in effect for the next few weeks.