NY traffic casualties are down to their lowest since 1910, but watch out if you drive a Toyota (or are walking near one). Sticky gas pedals are causing the cars to speed out of control—now, after two recalls in the past two months the car company says it will stop making and selling eight models including favorites like the Camry and Corolla. The world's top automaker will temporarily halt operations at five plants "to assess and coordinate activities." Meanwhile, there are 2.3 million vehicles that need to be recalled. Toyota's vice-president called the action "necessary," adding that he's "making every effort to address this situation for our customers as quickly as possible."

The Japanese giant will lose profits from the 65,000 Camrys and Corollas it sells every month, not to mention the RAV4, the Matrix, the Avalon, the Highlander, the Tundra and the Sequoia, reported AP. "That's huge if they can't sell these and they don't have a fix identified. They need to go and get a solution to this fast," said Aaron Bragman, an auto sales analyst. In an e-mail to employees, company officials wrote, "we don't know yet how long this pause will last but we will make every effort to resume production soon."

Toyota is on the skids, but the NY Times reported that our city's streets are safer than they have been for a century. That's back when traffic meant steetcars and horse-drawn carriages! According to our mayor there were just 256 auto-related fatalities in 2009, down by 12 percent from the previous year. However, deaths from collisions with pedestrians went up a bit from last year—for that we can probably blame those gas-happy Camrys.