Yonkers, New York – Consumer Reports has temporarily suspended its “recommended” status for eight Toyota models and the Pontiac Vibe until a fix for the accelerator pedal recall is available to consumers.
The magazine is also advising used car buyers to avoid purchasing any of the affected vehicles until the issue is resolved.
“Although incidents of sudden acceleration are rare, we are taking this action because the vehicles have been identified as potentially unsafe without a fix yet being available to consumers, and in general our position is that you shouldn’t compromise on safety,” said Jim Guest, president of Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports.
On Friday, Toyota said it is working to get new parts to its factories and is finalizing a fix for dealers.
Consumer Reports said that all nine of the models involved in the recall performed well in road tests and reliability ratings and had earned the “recommended” designation as a result, and that the “recommended” tag will be reinstated once it is satisfied the problem has been resolved.
“We continue to feel these are fundamentally good cars,” said David Champion, director of the auto test centre. “The instances of sticking accelerator pedals appear to be few compared to the millions of affected vehicles that have been sold. We took this step simply because we did not feel comfortable continuing to recommend them until the accelerator problem is fixed.”