U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood urged owners of Toyota vehicles involved in a massive recall to stop driving the vehicles.
The sales suspension and recall includes: the Camry, for model years since 2007, the 2009-2010 model year RAV4, Corolla and Matrix, the 2008-2010 model year Sequoia, the 2007-2010 model year Tundra, the 2005-2010 model year Avalon and the 2010 model year Highlander.
Stop driving it, take it to a Toyota dealer because they believe they have a fix for it, LaHood said at a breakfast with reporters Wednesday, the New York Times reported.
Yesterday, Toyota detailed plans to fix nearly 4.5 million vehicles with faults in their accelerators in the United States and Europe.
LaHood also said he personally wanted to have a conversation with Toyota's President Akio Toyoda, to talk to him about the seriousness of the safety problems that have emerged in the automakers' vehicles and make sure he understands.
I think he [Toyoda] understands, but I've never talked to him. I just feel like I need to have a conversation with him, La Hood said, according to reports.
LaHood's comments come amid a report today that the company has also received several dozen complains of insufficient breaking problems on its Prius 2010 model when driving over bumpy or frozen roads.