Toyota Canada made the right decision when it recalled millions of vehicles and halted production at six different assembly plants this week, says a Toyota dealer in Nova Scotia.
Larry MacKeigan, dealer principal of Tri-Mac Toyota in Port Hawkesbury, told the Cape Breton Post he expected Toyota to respond swiftly to scattered reports of accelerator pedals sticking in certain vehicles.
“It doesn’t surprise me one bit they would grab this thing by the horns and wrestle it down no matter what the cost to them,” he said.
The recall affects a number of the company’s bestselling models, including the Camry and Corolla.
O’Regan’s Toyota, the province’s largest Toyota dealership network with locations in Halifax and Dartmouth, opted not to comment directly on the effect the recall is having on its business, referring all inquiries to Toyota Canada’s main offices in Toronto.
“The big thing with Toyota is that if there’s a problem they address it, and it’s the same with us,” said Susan Johnston, director of communications for O’Regan’s. “We don’t want anyone feeling uncomfortable.”
Most customers affected by the recall will receive a letter informing them of the possible defect in the pedal mechanism, a spokesperson for Toyota Canada said.
Anyone seeking more information is asked to contact their dealership or to call 1-888-869-6828.
Models affected by the recall
• 2009-10 RAV4
• 2009-10 Corolla
• 2009-10 Matrix
• 2005-10 Avalon
• 2010 Highlander
• 2007-10 Tundra
• 2008-10 Sequoia
• 2007-10 Camry (certain models)