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Gibson Co. Toyota plant affected by latest recall

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PRINCETON, IN (WFIE) - There's going to be what's called a "pause in production" at the Tri-State's largest employer.

Toyota is recalling more than 2 million vehicles, suspending sales at dealerships and halting production next week at the five plants affected.

That includes the Gibson County plant.

The problem is accelerators that stick while driving.

Officials at Princeton's Toyota plant said this particular halt in production is the first of it's kind in the history of their plant but impacts to employees who work there won't be all that unusual.

There have been several crashes due to the sticking gas pedals, including a deadly accident in Southlake, Texas on the day after Christmas.

A 2008 Toyota sped off the road, went through a fence and landed upside down in a pond.

Four people died in the crash.

Now, Toyota is suspending U.S. sales of eight recalled vehicle models to fix those sticky accelerator pedals, including the Sequoia and Highlander built at the Gibson County plant.

That plant is one of five where Toyota will stop production the week of February 1.

"We will not be producing vehicles at our Princeton plant for that week, however our team members will still be coming to work and going through training activities or plant improvement projects and that's just like we did during the economic downturn," Kelly Dillon with Toyota said.

Production at the Gibson County plant has been stopped before due to delays with part suppliers, mechanical problems and even heavy snow storms, but it's the first time the plant has stopped to deal with a recall issue.

"At this point we really anticipate just the one week as we assess and coordinate activities around this and then we would be back to producing vehicles," Dillon said.

Local dealers confirm they've pulled the recalled models from the sales lots and are awaiting shipments of those washers they'll need to install on those accelerator pedals to fix the situation.

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