World's biggest car maker will contact 180,000 UK owners to correct could-be hazardToyota has announced details of eight models it is recalling to fix a problem with sticking accelerator pedals. These are the cars affected:
Aygo (Feb 2005-Aug 2009)
iQ – pictured – (Nov 2008-Nov 2009)
Yaris (Nov 2005-Sept 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 says the recall may affect up to 180,000 UK-registered vehicles. No other Toyotas are affected; neither are any cars from sister-make Lexus.
The action comes after reports emerged in the US of throttle pedals sticking. Toyota says only a ‘limited number’ of incidents have been reported in Europe and that it is not aware of any accidents resulting from the problem.
The problem has arisen as accelerator mechanisms wear. Toyota says that with use friction in the pedal can increase, making it harder to press, slower to return or, in extreme cases, stick partly-open.
Toyota says is has ‘identified a remedy’ and will contact owners once the solution is checked and confirmed. But meantime, anyone owning one of the affected cars can contact Toyota on 0800 1388 744 for an update.
Peugeot and Citrn has also announced recalls for its 107 and C1 cars. These are built in the same factory as the Aygo as a joint venture and are mechanically identical.
Honda, meanwhile, is to contact 171,000 owners of its Jazz supermini because the window switch can overheat and, in extreme cases, start a fire. Models made between 2002 and 2008 are affected.
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