Toyota has named eight models that are being recalled to inspect a dangerous ‘sticking accelerator’ pedal problem.
The action follows events in the US last week, plus a decision by Toyota GB this week to investigate which UK cars could potentially be affected. The recalled models and production periods are:
• Aygo (Feb 2005 – Aug 2009)
• iQ (Nov 2008 – Nov 2009)
• Yaris (Nov 2005 – Sep 2009)
• Auris (Oct 2006 – 5 Jan 2010)
• Corolla (Oct 2006 – Dec 2009)
• Verso (Feb 2009 – 5 Jan 2010)
• Avensis (Nov 2008 – Dec 2009)
• RAV4 (Nov 2005 – Nov 2009)
Toyota GB says that the precise number of cars involved is still being investigated, but may reach up to 1.8 million vehicles in the UK. The company states that no other models, or any Lexus vehicles, are affected.
Changes have already been made on all production lines to avoid the problem arising in future. Tadashi Arashima, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, said: ‘We understand that the current situation is creating concerns, and we deeply regret it. We would also like to reassure customers: the potential accelerator pedal issue only occurs in very rare circumstances.’
Toyota has admitted that a ‘limited’ number of incidents related to the problem have been reported in Europe, and has advised any concerned customers to contact its customer relations department on: 0800 1388 744.
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