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Toyota. The Japanese automaker is taking the drastic and unprecedented step of suspending U.S. sales of eight recalled vehicle models to fix accelerator pedals that stick. Toyota is also halting production at five manufacturing facilities - in Indiana, Kentucky, Texas and Canada - for the week of Feb. 1 "to assess and coordinate activities." 2.3 million vehicles are involved in the recall, which was announced last week. "This action is necessary until a remedy is finalized," Bob Carter, Toyota's group vice president and general manager, told the Associated Press. Sales will be suspended on the 2009-2010 Corolla, the 2009-2010 Matrix, the 2005-2010 Avalon, the 2007-2010 Camry, the 2009-2010 RAV4, the 2010 Highlander, the 2007-2010 Tundra and the 2008-2010 Sequoia. It is not known how long the production stoppage or sales suspension will last, but it's clear that Toyota feels it had to act to get at the problem once and for all in order to move on from the steady stream of bad news - an earlier recall included 4.2 million vehicles - that has plagued the automaker for months. That sounds like a reasonable plan, except this was the lead story on news broadcasts on Tuesday evening, and the negativity associated with this move will haunt Toyota for years to come. It qualifies as a PR nightmare of the first degree for the formerly bullet-proof automaker.

Tom Friedman. Publisher's Note: From the "Dicks We Have Known" File, the last time we checked with the infamous New York Times columnist and High Priest of the Green Movement - who repeatedly went on a witch hunt against GM and the rest of the domestic auto industry for the unforgivable sin of not being "green" enough (at least to his make-it-up-as-he-went-along standards), and other egregious atrocities against humanity - he was suggesting that the American automobile industry should cease to exist and that the United States would be much better off if Toyota became the sole maker of vehicles available here. Because after all, Toyota was just so darn good and green and wonderful. We said it then and we'll say it again, Friedman is a two-bit grandstanding blow hard who doesn't have the first clue as to what he's talking about when it comes to anything to do with cars and the automobile industry - or reality for that matter - and he and his Shiny Happy acolyte-zealots in California and Washington - and the New York Times, of course - can now go back over in the corner, sit down, and shut the f@#k up. - PMD

Consumer Reports. Wait a minute, weren't you the guys that basically forged your influence over the domestic automobile industry by holding up Toyota as an example of everything good and righteous and great about quality automobiles and regularly took great pleasure in reminding everyone of that fact - especially the Detroit automakers - whom you relentlessly took pot shots at and trashed with glee every chance you got? Yeah, we thought so. Maybe you ought to take a break from the car business for a while - after all, if you can't write anything good about Toyota, what are you guys going to write about?



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