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Update: Toyota Recalls Eight Models

With automakers already reeling from a soft economy some bad news from Toyota.

A potential problem with the accelerator sticking is causing the popular carmaker to stop production and sales of eight of its models.

Included in the recall is the Camry, America's best selling car.

Popular auto maker Toyota is having a tough time.

Four people died the day after Christmas outside Dallas, Texas when their Toyota Avalon crashed through a fence and flipped upside down in a lake.

Those models recalled include the 2009 and 2010 RAV 4, Corolla and Matrix, the 2005 through 2010 Avalon, some 2007 through 2010 Camry’s, the new Highlander, the 2007 through 2010 Tundra and the 2008 through 2010 Sequoia.

That’s 2.3 million cars nationwide.

Jim Champion of Charlie Graham Auto and Body said there are some safety measures owners affected cars can take should their accelerator stick.

“Right away, put both feet on the brake pedal and push down and hold it on...don't pump the brake pedal because that's the wrong thing to do,” he said. “Just hold pressure on there, try to pop it in to neutral. If you can't get it into neutral, shut the key off but not all the way off...shut the key off. You’re going to lose your power steering but you're still going to have the ability to pull over safely.”

Some Toyota models have a push button ignition system.

In that case, Champion said the driver needs to push and hold the button down for at least three seconds or until the car shuts off.

Champion also said it's important for drivers to keep their cool and not panic.

Because with a recall of this magnitude, it may be quite some time before Toyota fixes the problem.

We contacted local dealers concerning recommendations for owners and what impact the recall could have locally.

We were referred to a corporate office in California -- but were unable to reach anyone.

Industry experts say Ford may benefit most from the problems at Toyota.

GM has launched an incentive program aimed at luring away Toyota customers concerned about the recall.


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