Toyota suspends sales of most models

(Important Update)- If you own a 2009-2010 Toyota vehicle and you feel that your car is accelerating even though your foot is not on the gas pedal, then slam your brakes as hard as possible and put the car in Neutral, then turn your engine off. This can save you life!

I cannot recall the last time an automobile manufacturer has taken such an incredible (not in a good way) step. Toyota has announced that they will temporarily stop selling eight vehicle models including the popular Corolla and Camry. The six other models are: RAV4, Sequoia, Tundra, Highlander, Avalon and Matrix. All models included are 2009-2010 models. This was announced a few days after they issued a second recall, this time for 2.3 million vehicles due to a sticking accelerator that in rare cases can kill you.

I am really beginning to feel like a psychic now because I have been talking about Toyota’s diminishing quality for the last 5 years or so. When I began saying that Toyota’s quality is not what it was in the 90′s, people said I didn’t know what I was talking about…..Well, I told you so!

You should read a post I published about a month ago here. It is an interesting read on this subject.

I think Toyota will eventually figure out a fix for this issue but that does not change the fact their overall quality is decreasing and as I mentioned for about 2-3 years now, some GM and Ford models are BETTER than most if not all Toyota cars. Actually, better than most Honda’s and some others for that matter, but that is another story.

This measure taken by Toyota to actually suspend sales of these models is major news and for some reason it was not mentioned to the degree that it should have been in the media, I don’t know why. Regardless, the reputation fallout from this can exceed what Toyota can handle and it will be tough for them to put a lid on the bad publicity that this could generate for them.

Also, in light of this news and the related recalls for it, I would like to slightly update what I predicted in my post from a month ago. In that post I said that Toyota and other manufacturers’ reputations are about 10-15 years old and are now outdated. This is completely true, however, I think that moving forward the cycle will speed up and it will not take the public 10 years to realize that they are not as good as they were. I think it could be as little as 2-3 years and 7-9 years at the most.

For anyone interested in wanting me to tell them the future about their own lives, contact me. (Just kidding)