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Toyota Halting Production in Kentucky and Texas

The full-size truck plant in San Antonio takes biggest hit.

by on Feb.16, 2010

Toyota officially confirmed late today that is suspending production once again  at two U.S. plants to trim growing inventory levels because of slow sales.

Press reports earlier today coming out of Japan claimed that Toyota was preparing to shut plants in the U.S. once again due to a continuing slump in sales. Toyota in the U.S. did not respond to requests from at that time for clarification.

This latest hiatus follows the shut down by Toyota – at the insistence of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — of six North American plants for one week in January. The production halt then was in conjunction with a stop sale following the recall of 2.3 million Toyota vehicles for sticking gas pedals leading to unintended acceleration on at least eight models.

NHTSA, itself under attack for its lack of action in unintended acceleration or gas pedal entrapment issues at Toyota, now has reports of 37 deaths, which allegedly were caused by Toyota safety defects.   (more…)

Toyota Shipping Parts for Pontiac Vibe Pedal Recall

Pontiac owners will get the Toyota shim repair - eventually.

by on Feb.09, 2010

Shims are on the way from Toyota.

Toyota has started shipping the metal shim that it says will fix sticking accelerator pedals on 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe models.

GM says that letters to almost 100,000 registered Pontiac Vibe owners will be mailed next week starting on February 16 with instructions on how to contact a Pontiac dealer a week later (after Feb. 22)  to have steel shim installed into the accelerator pedal assembly.

Go to to find a dealer. If your Pontiac dealer has closed, it’s likely there is a Buick-GMC dealer nearby since the pre-bankruptcy distribution channel was Pontiac, Buick GMC.

The shim installation, which we view as an expedient but not permanent fix, will take about 30 minutes, but customers may need to leave their vehicles with dealers for a longer period of time.


Our previous advice to Toyota owners is to request that the pedal assembly be replaced with the revised ones that Toyota is now using in production at five North American plants.   (more…)