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WASHINGTON. - A House Democrat is expressing concern about a massive Toyota recall that has led the automaker to stop manufacturing and selling vehicles linked to problems with gas pedals.
     
Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak, who leads an investigative subcommittee, says his staff will meet with Toyota Wednesday. Stupak says he wants to find out what Toyota knows about the problem with sudden acceleration and what the company will do to protect consumers.
     
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The dramatic move to shut down assembly lines and suspend sales of eight popular Toyota  models comes after months of complaints about accidents caused by Toyota vehicles accelerating out of control.

Last week Toyota announced a recall of 2.3 million models over concerns with sticking accelerator pedals.

The sales suspension removes 65 percent of Toyota inventory from showroom floors.

The affected models are:

  • 2009 and 2010 Rav4, Corolla and Matrix
  • 2005 to 2010 Avalon
  • 2007 to 2010 Camrys 
  • 2010 Highlander
  • 2007 to 2010 Tundras
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