Toyota suspends sales of eight models in recall

DETROIT (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp 7203.T said on Tuesday it will suspend sales of eight models involved in a recall announced last week for potentially faulty accelerator pedals.

Toyota also said it would halt production at plants in the United States and Canada in the first week of February.

The sales suspension and recall includes Toyota’s top-selling vehicle in North America, the Camry, for model years since 2007.

Also included are 2009-2010 model year RAV4, Corolla and Matrix; 2008-2010 model year Sequoia; 2007-2010 model year Tundra; 2005-2010 model year Avalon; and the 2010 model year Highlander.

Toyota is suspending production of these models for the first week of February at plants in North America. The plants are in Indiana, Texas, Kentucky, and in Ontario.

Production will be halted for the week of February 1 at plants that make the eight models involved in the recall. Two are in Indiana, with one each in Texas, Kentucky and Canada.

Bob Carter, Toyota U.S. group vice president, said the world’s No. 1 automaker is taking the actions to ensure safety and restore confidence in Toyota among consumers.

“This action is necessary until a remedy is finalized,” Carter said in a statement. “We’re making every effort to address this situation for our customers as quickly as possible.”

Reporting by Bernie Woodall, editing by Matthew Lewis