Company has already recalled millions of cars in US to fix throttle fault – and now is about to do same in UK and Europe.
Toyota may have to recall up to two million cars across Europe to correct a safety fault. The company has already had to call in eight million cars in the US because models suffered sticking throttle pedals. They might also return to ‘idle’ position more slowly than they should. The problem has caused accidents there, although an official figure for the total number of incidents hasn’t been released.
At first, it was thought that the problem existed only in the US. This week Toyota has temporarily halted the sale of eight models in the US that are thought to be affected. The fault first surfaced, it is understood, in the Tundra pick-up. Now Toyota is recalling up to eight million cars there.
In announcing the UK recall today, Toyota GB said the throttles may stick ‘in rare instances’. The company said this can happen once the throttle mechanisms are worn. ‘This progressive wear, combined with certain operating and environmental conditions, can cause friction in the mechanism to increase and intermittently result in the accelerator pedal being harder to depress, slow to return or, in the worst case, stick in a partially open position. Toyota says that drivers may experience a ‘rough or chattered’ pedal feel.
The company said it was currently investigating which models were affected and how many cars. It will issue recall notices direct to owners using the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority database. The company says it has already made a ‘running change’ in the factory, switching to modified parts but ‘there is no need, or intention, to stop production in Europe’. Toyota says owners who are concerned should contact the company directly on 0800 1388744.