According to Reuters, Toyota Motor Corp has up to 70,000 vehicles still stranded on U.S. dealer lots due to defective accelerator pedals that are the subject of a major safety recall, an executive said on Wednesday.
Toyota was forced to stop selling some of its best-selling vehicles in late January and launched a recall of 2.3 million cars and light trucks because of faulty gas pedals, a situation that has thrown the automaker into crisis.
The extraordinary stop-sale order affected about 60 percent of the 210,000 vehicles in dealer stock, or about 120,000 cars and light trucks, said Bob Carter, sales chief for the Toyota brand in the United States.
On Wednesday at the Chicago auto show, Carter estimated that 60,000 to 70,000 units in dealer inventory were still subject to the stop order because pedal repairs were not completed.
Toyota faces intense scrutiny from U.S. safety regulators and congressional hearings near the end of February following massive recalls due to the accelerator pedal problem and the possibility that floor mats could trap the accelerator and lead to deadly high-speed crashes.