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Toyota Expands Floor Mat Recall; Supplier Redesigns Pedal
Toyota Dealers, Customers Wonder What Happens Next
What Drivers Should Do If Car Speeds Up on its Own
Hoyer Statement on GM Decision Letting Binding Arbitration Process Continue
Committed to Community: Guyan River Fire Department Gives Medical Training
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Toyota Expands Floor Mat Recall; Supplier Redesigns Pedal

Redesigned gas-pedal assemblies are in production and being shipped to Toyota factories to go into new vehicles in place of the components that triggered a recall of 2.3 million Toyotas on Jan. 21, according to the parts supplier. But late Wednesday, Toyota expanded an earlier recall, adding 1.1 million vehicles to the total being called back to fix a floor-mat problem. And the embattled automaker said it will recall cars in Europe and China becase of potential gas-pedal problems. The main dealer trade group, the National Automobile Dealers Association, praised Toyota for "doing the right thing" by making an about-face from its previous stance and halting sales and production of the recalled cars. But, NADA noted, "This is creating a very difficult situation for dealers," shut off from Toyota's best-selling models.
Source: USA TODAY

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Toyota Dealers, Customers Wonder What Happens Next

Wednesday was a day filled with questions for anyone who owns, sells, services or is considering buying a Toyota. Dealerships across the nation spent the day moving cars to the backs of their lots because they are no longer allowed to sell them. Dealers also spent the day answering consumer questions, checking cars for customers to see if they have the gas pedal assembly that can wear and cause unintended acceleration, and waiting for more definitive answers from the automaker about what is being done to fix the problem. In a letter to Toyota President Jim Lentz obtained by The Detroit News, National Automobile Dealers Association Chairman John McEleney said: "With a possible two week or longer sales halt that reportedly impacts nearly 60 percent of Toyota's current retail sales volume, and even greater for some individual dealers, the negative effect to your sales network will be significant."
Source: The Detroit News

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What Drivers Should Do If Car Speeds Up on its Own

Toyota Motor Corp. is advising drivers who own one of the 2.3 million vehicles affected by its latest recall for sudden acceleration to keep driving, but be on the lookout for anything unusual in the car's behavior. Drivers should look out for symptoms like a rough feel in the accelerator pedal's movement or a pedal that seems to return too slowly to the idle position. Owners also can have their dealer check the accelerator mechanism for wear that could precede more serious problems. Drivers who experience sudden acceleration from a stuck accelerator should step on the brake pedal firmly with both feet and shift the transmission into neutral to bring the vehicle to a stop, according to documents that Toyota has distributed to its dealers. John McEleney, president of Southgate Motors, a dealership in Clinton, Iowa, is asking his concerned Toyota customers to schedule an inspection appointment to determine if there is a problem. Other than that, Mr. McEleney said his hands are tied until Toyota begins sending replacement pedals or other corrective parts, which may take a couple of weeks. "We can at least provide a quick inspection to give customers some comfort," he said.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Hoyer Statement on GM Decision Letting Binding Arbitration Process Continue

WASHINGTON -- House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) released the following statement (Tuesday) on the decision by General Motors not to challenge the binding arbitration process for terminated dealers: “I am very pleased that General Motors has decided not to challenge the binding arbitration process for terminated dealers. With this decision, GM Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre has demonstrated GM’s commitment to having the strongest possible dealer network. It is also a recognition that GM must solidify that network as soon as possible so it can return to profitability and keep Americans on the job. It is my hope that Chrysler will follow GM’s lead.”
Source: Office of the Majority Leader

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Committed to Community: Guyan River Fire Department Gives Medical Training

The Guyan River Fire Department (in West Virginia) hopes to train at least 150 citizens of Lincoln County on what to do when a person has a heart attack. The training program was greatly enhanced when the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation and the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association presented Resusci Anne training units to the organization in formal ceremonies. In accepting the four CPR training units (2 adult, 1 junior, 1 infant), Sgt. Direl Baker said the organization had set a goal to train at least 150 persons in the next year.
Source: The Lincoln Journal (Hamlin, W.V.)

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"We can at least provide a quick inspection to give customers some comfort."

   
-- NADA Chairman John McEleney and president of Southgate Motors, a Toyota dealership in Clinton, Iowa, is advising his concerned customers to schedule an inspection appointment to determine if there is a problem, The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 28
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On-Site Convention Registration Opens Feb. 12 in Orlando

On-site registration for the NADA convention opens at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 12 in the Registration Concourse of the West Building, Orange County Convention Center. Keep in mind that three hours of “bonus” workshops, beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, have also been added, so plan to arrive early. At registration, NADA will provide dealers and their managers with a $200 voucher to spend on goods and services on the expo floor. Click here for more information.


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