Toyota accelerator repairs to begin next weekRecall on 'sticky pedal' problem starts on 10 Feb
04 February 2010
Toyota says it will begin the recall of more than 180,000 UK cars next week.
The firm has recalled seven different models that may have the problem, which can result in the accelerator pedal jamming in an open position or returning to an idle position too slowly.
It now says that a potential 180,865 UK cars could experience the issue, which is due to wear of a friction device in the pedal mechanism.
Toyota says that it is now working with the DVLA to locate and contact owners of cars that might have the problem. Those cars are:
- Aygo (automatic versions)
The firm says that repairs will take place at its service centres, and each should take 30 minutes to complete. RAV4 models, initially thought to be affected by the problem, are no longer part of the recall.
Managing director of Toyota GB, Miguel Fonseca, said: 'Toyota is very sorry about the concern caused to its customers about the safety of their vehicles by the recall we have announced to fix an issue with the accelerator pedal in certain models.
'Among the several million Toyota vehicles sold across Europe in the past five years there has been a small number of reported cases of drivers experiencing a problem with a sticking accelerator pedal. There have been no reports of any accidents or injuries occurring as a result of this problem in Europe, or the UK.
'People who drive any of the models that are to be recalled should also be aware that this is not a problem that develops suddenly. There are warning signs that will indicate that your vehicle might have a problem, such as the accelerator pedal becoming harder to depress or slow to return to its normal position.
'In some cases, drivers may notice a rough or chattering feeling when depressing or releasing the accelerator pedal.'
Prius braking problem
Toyota GB has said that problems with braking in the latest reported in the US have not been experienced in the UK. It also said that the US recall relating to defective floor mats does not apply here.
Any customers who have concerns should contact Toyota GB Customer Relations on 0800 1388 744.
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