Toronto, Ontario – Toyota Canada has instructed its dealers to temporarily suspend sales of the eight models involved in a recall for a sticking accelerator pedal, as announced on January 21, 2010. The company said the decision will enable it to expedite repairs for customers as quickly as possible.

Toyota will recall approximately 270,000 vehicles to correct sticking accelerator pedals on specific Toyota Division models. Toyota has investigated isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms in certain vehicles without the presence of floor mats. There is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms may, in rare instances, mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position.

The sales suspension and recall are confined to the 2009-2010 RAV4; 2009-2010 Corolla; 2009-2010 Matrix; 2005-2010 Avalon; 2010 Highlander; 2007-2010 Tundra; 2008-2010 Sequoia; and certain 2007-2010 Camry models.

No Lexus or Scion vehicles are affected. Also not affected are Toyota Prius, Tacoma, Sienna, Venza, Solara, Yaris, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, and select Camry models, including all Camry Hybrids.

Toyota is taking similar action in the U.S., where 2.3 million vehicles are affected by the recall.

Due to the sales suspension, Toyota is expected to stop vehicle production on seven production lines for the week of February 1, including its plant in Woodstock, Ontario, which builds the Corolla, Matrix and RAV4.

The sticking accelerator pedal recall is separate from ongoing campaigns involving certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles to reduce the risk of pedal entrapment by incorrect or out-of-place accessory floor mats.

Customers requiring more information can visit Toyota Canada.

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