Toyota Recalls Over Million Cars Across Europe and China


Toyota has announced the recall of vehicles in the US, Europe and China over concerns about accelerator pedals getting stuck on floor mats.

The Toyota TAV4s in question were manufactured between 19 March 2009 and 25 January 2010 in Tianjin.

Colin Hensley, general manager of Toyota’s European operations, said the carmaker was trying to establish how many European models shared the parts used in the 2.3 Million cars recalled in the US last week.

Toyota has now recalled almost 8 million cars in the US in the past four months.

“Toyota’s remedy plan is to modify or replace the accelerator pedals on the subject vehicles to address the risk of floor mat entrapment,” the company said.

The latest recall affects five models in the US: the 2008-2010 Highlander and the 2009-2010 Corolla, Venza, Matrix and Pontiac Vibe.

Separately, Ford said it would be suspending production of a van made and sold in China that has an accelerator pedal made by the same firm at the centre of Toyota’s investigations.
However, Ford said it had only been using the pedal in the Transit Classic model since December, with only 1,663 vehicles produced.