Tuesday, January 26, 2010

UPDATE: Toyota's safety issue with accelerator pedals is going to DECELERATE Jobs in USa... here are numbers and models from WSJ...digging deeper...

Toyota Motor Co. suspended sales of eight models recalled to fix potential problems with sticky accelerator pedals, hitting USa dealers with another headache when they are already eager to rev up sales. (This comes after laying off 1,000 USa workers last year...)

The company issued the 2.3-million-vehicle recall last week, adding to another recall of 4.2 million Toyota- and Lexus-branded vehicles to reduce the risk of the pedals' getting trapped by floor mats. About 1.7 million vehicles are subject to both recalls.

Because of the sales suspension, Toyota is expected to stop producing the vehicles next week, which will in turn further impact USa workers because of Toyota's large investment in USa manufacturing.

"This action is necessary until a remedy is finalized. We're making every effort to address this situation for our customers as quickly as possible," said Group Vice President and Toyota Division General Manager Bob Carter.

The latest recall affects the 2009-2010 RAV4, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2005-2010 Avalon, 2007-2010 Camry, 2010 Highlander, 2007-2010 Tundra and 2008-2010 Sequoia.

The Camry, America’s top-selling car for the past ten years, is built at Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky plant. More than fifteen million Camry models have been sold in the United States since its debut 30 years ago. Toyota has made a significant commitment to USa manufacturing of it's cars, resulting in a large number of cars built on American soil by American workers, and sold to American families by American car dealers.

In fact, save for the profits that stream toward Tokyo, Toyota is well-established as a domestic U.S. manufacturer of vehicles. With over 50 million cars built in the USa over the last 50 years, Toyota now manufactures 10 vehicles in North America: the Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Sienna, Solara, Tacoma, Tundra, and Lexus RX330. Production of the Camry Hybrid also began in the fall of 2006 in Kentucky and the RAV4 in 2008, in Ontario, Canada.

Toyota has a large presence in the United States with five major assembly plants in Huntsville, Alabama; Georgetown, Kentucky; Princeton, Indiana; San Antonio, Texas; Buffalo, West Virginia. A new plant slated to be built in Blue Springs, Mississippi has been put on hold owing to the financial crisis that erupted in late 2008. Toyota had a joint-venture operation with General Motors at New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI), in Fremont, California, which began in 1984 and ended in 2009.[42] It still has a joint-venture with Subaru at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA), in Lafayette, Indiana, which started in 2006. Production on a new manufacturing plant in Tupelo, Mississippi was scheduled for completion in 2010 but is currently on indefinite hold. North America is a major automobile market for Toyota. In these assembly plants, the Camry and the Tundra are manufactured, among others.

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