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Publication pulls some Toyota recommendations

Consumer Reports, an influential publication for car buyers, has temporarily suspended its "recommended" status for eight recalled Toyota models because of faulty gas pedal systems, dealing another blow to the Japanese automaker's reputation in the United States.
The Yonkers, New York-based publication said Friday it issued the suspension because of reports of the accelerator pedal sticking and causing unintended acceleration. It also advised used car shoppers to avoid buying any of the affected vehicles until the issue is resolved.
"Although incidents of sudden acceleration are rare, we are taking this action because the vehicles have been identified as potentially unsafe without a fix yet being available to consumers," said Jim Guest, President of Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. "In general our position is that you shouldn't compromise on safety."
The decision by Consumer Union to pull the recommendation represented another setback for Toyota, which has watched its pristine reputation for quality and safety tarnished by two massive recalls affecting some of its best-selling vehicles. The publication's car reviews are closely watched by the industry and serve as a prominent guide for car shoppers.
The affected Toyota models include: 2005-2010 Avalon sedans; 2007-2010 Camry sedans, excluding the Camry Hybrid and some other models; 2009-2010 Corolla sedans; 2010 Highlander crossover, excluding the Hybrid model; 2009-2010 Matrix hatchbacks; 2009-2010 RAV4 crossovers, 2007-2010 Tundra pickup; 2008-2010 Sequoia SUV.
Consumer Reports also pulled its recommended status for General Motors Co.'s 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe, which is also part of the recall and built on the same platform as the Matrix.
The publication noted that all nine vehicles have performed well in Consumer Reports road tests and reliability ratings, earning its "recommended" designation. Consumers said it expects to reinstate the "recommended" tag once the problems have been resolved.
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