Nightly News   |  January 26, 2010

Toyota suspends sales of eight models

Jan. 26: The giant automaker has announced that they will stop selling cars involved in the recall for sticking accelerator pedals. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

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>>> good evening. we are going to begin tonight with a story that broke late in the day. it's a bombshell for the auto industry . as we've reported, toyota has been in the middle of a massive recall of several lines of cars because of a defect that may cause accelerators to stick. well, tonight the giant automaker has announced they will stop selling all the cars affected, and temporarily shut down production of some of the most popular vehicles in this country. tom costello has been covering this story. starts us off tonight from our washington newsroom. tom, good evening.

>> reporter: brian, as recalls go this one is very big and involves a shutdown and raises questions about quality control at toyota . toyota is telling its dealerships nationwide to suspend all sales of eight different models involved in the recall it announced last week for that sticking accelerator pedal until it can find a remedy. you may remember the recall involves 2.3 million vehicles. there is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms in rare cases mechanically stick while partially depressed or return slowly to the idle position. here are the models. the 2009 to 2010 rav4, '09 to '10 corolla, 2009 to 2010 matrix and the avalon. certain camries, not all. the highlander, the 2007 - 2010 tundra and the sequoia. if not listed, the model is not on the recall. otherwise those models will stop being sold effective immediately. toyota is shutting down five production lines next week until it gets to the bottom of the problem. that tells you how big of a problem this has become. those production lines are in canada, indiana, kentucky and texas. now, this recall is separate from the ongoing recall of 4 million toyota and lexus vehicles to reduce the risk of pedals being trapped by incorrect or out-of-place accessory floor mats. i talked to phil lebeau at cnbc and he says this is a very big deal . phil covers the auto industry for cnbc.

>> still-developing story. a bombshell in the auto industry . tom costello, thanks.