Toyota is to recall UK-based cars that might be affected by a faulty accelerator pedal.
The move follows a mass-model ‘sticky accelerator’ recall in North America last week, involving an estimated 3.39 million cars plus the suspended production of eight Toyota models.
In a statement released today (28 January) Toyota UK has confirmed there is ‘a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms may, in rare instances, mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position. The driver may notice that the accelerator pedal is progressively harder to depress or is slower to return. A rough or chattered feeling may also be experienced when depressing/releasing the accelerator pedal.’
A spokesman for Toyota Great Britain also said: ‘UK cars will be affected. We do not yet know which vehicles will be involved, or numbers, but we are investigating how many European vehicles share the same parts as those involved in the US recall.’
UK customer advice line
Toyota insists that problems are rare and says it will contact owners of affected cars. However, worried customers are advised to contact Toyota’s Customer Relations on 0800 138 8744.
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