• Jan 28th 2010 at 10:29AM
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Just as we reported yesterday, Toyota has confirmed the recall announced last week for sticking accelerator pedals will be expanded beyond the U.S. and soon include Europe.

Up until now, the recall had affected only eight models built in North America at plants that were supplied defective accelerator pedal mechanisms by Indiana-based CTS Corp. Certain other models, specifically all Lexus and Scion models, were excluded from the recall because they are built in Japan and use a similar part but from a different supplier. It's unclear exactly where Toyota's European assembly plants got the defective mechanisms, from CTS Corp. or another supplier manufacturing the same defective part.

As of yet, Toyota isn't certain how many vehicles in Europe will be affected by the sticky accelerator recall, saying "the models and exact number of potentially affected vehicles is under investigation." However, unlike here in the U.S. where production for all eight recalled models is being halted for a week on February 1, production in Europe will continue as a replacement part has already been implemented in the production process.

Until the official recall is issued, Toyota is encouraging concerned European customers to contact customer service for assistance. Follow the jump for the announcement from the company's UK headquarters.

[Source: Toyota | Image: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty]
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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.

This is caused because the accelerator pedal mechanisms concerned may become 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.

In case of occurrence, 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.

Toyota will implement a recall in Europe for this matter. The details of corrective action and implementation will be communicated directly to customers with vehicles potentially affected.

The models and exact number of potentially affected vehicles is under investigation.

A running change in production using different parts has already been implemented model-by-model in the European production. Therefore there is no need or intention to stop production in Europe.

Whilst this condition is rare we advise customers who have concerns to contact Toyota GB Customer Relations (0800 1388744) for assistance ahead of the recall instructions being issued.

As further information becomes available it will be posted at www.toyota.co.uk

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm still seeing tons of these little ugly cars and wannabe trucks on the road-people are obviously not heeding to the recall.

      I have avoided driving near anything Toyota as much as possible on the road because the little insect looking vehicles may not be able to stop!
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is impossible in LA where half the vehicles on the road are Toyotas!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I heard about the car pedal recall but had no idea it affected my NON toyota truck good thing I found more info here http://www.carpedalrecall.com
      searched for my model (VIN#) and found my Ford truck had been recalled so look out!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The appliance cars prove they never really were better, same for business practices and they lost money.

      "The American car makers had a poor business model"
      (our US govenment comment on the domestics) Could you run that past me again please, better yet how about an apology?

      Also, what say ye now Consumer Reports? The same folks that said: "The owners need not be overly concerned about the cars handling" (Corvair)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Autoline Video right here on AB is reporting that Akio Toyoda may step down. I understand Japanese culture, but I hope he does not. The problems that have arisen at Toyota recently were Watanabe's babies. Akio accepted his new position without fully being aware of its implications. This is a sad testimony.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whee!! At least Americans aren't the only Toyota-sponsored Kamikazis! Japans attacking us again! With ourselves! Next thing you know they'll all be accelerating toward Pearl Harbor!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually WW3 will be between the US and China, likely over Taiwan, or trade agreements gone bad.

        Since China only has ripoff versions of old western planes and missiles, your overpopulation won't help you win the war.

        Jarrid its KAMIKAZE. Learn to spell you idiot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Damn right. It's about time for WW3? We've waiting for what, over 50 years now. Bring it on!
      • 5 Years Ago
      What to do with all those brand new Toyotas rusting on the lot? Rig them with bombs and sell them to Al Qaeda. them suicide bombers ain't no big fan of brakes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw this on Automotive News
      "According to the Wall Street Journal, Toyota first identified problems with the accelerator pedals on the Tundra pickup in March 2007. The company determined that the problem was caused by the material in the accelerators' friction lever and made a change.
      However, a similar issue then arose in Europe in December 2008 in the right-hand-drive versions of two small Toyota cars, the Aygo and Yaris, the newspaper said.
      Toyota's investigation found that condensation from heaters caused increased friction in the gas pedal, making it stick in some cases.
      Toyota lengthened the arm of the friction lever and changed its materials on all vehicles produced in Europe using the subject accelerator pedals starting in mid-August 2009, the paper said.
      Beginning last October, Toyota became aware of sticking accelerator pedals in the U.S. and Canada. The company realized that the material used in the gas pedals was the same as in Europe, prompting last week's recall, according to Toyota's submission to U.S.'s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration."

      Read more: http://www.autonews.com/article/20100128/ANE/100129864#ixzz0dvIlQF8K
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good find.
        So, apparently Toyota does know what to look for, and the only problem remaining is how to fix all those affected vehicles poste haste.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, so if it's a friction lever, then it sounds like it's the "rheostat" in the pedal assembly that communicates the pedal's position to the ECU (like a volume control), and then to the throttle servo? Hmmmm...

        I could see corrosion from moisture causing the rheostat to malfunction, and the pedal to stick (especially if the rheostat's not in a sealed housing). It's like when the volume control in a radio gets dirty, and you get static when you adjust it. In that case, the accelerator could send all kinds of weird signals to the ECU. You would think they would have taken that into consideration, and maybe programmed some kind of signal smoothing logic into the software, to ignore static.

        I'll be interested to see more technical details of the problem and how Toyota tackles it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "You would think they would have taken that into consideration, and maybe programmed some kind of signal smoothing logic into the software, to ignore static."

        I think the real problem was Watanabe's goal for Toyota to be #1 in the world that was their downfall. In the race to get everything to the market 'plus pronto', a lot of testing and retesting was ignored in the name of "profits".

        Wantanabe is no more, but poor Aiko Toyoda has to eat his mistakes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like this CTS is IN based company which sells pedals to Toyota and Ford as well. Again these pedals are actually manufactured in China which pretty much explains as far quality goes...
        • 5 Years Ago
        If he won't diss China, I will. It's the land of corner cutting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        your fatherhood sucks. china sucks in every possible way. www.chinasucks.org
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hope you are not trying to diss China, which is my Fatherland.
      • 5 Years Ago
      One day whilst doing a burnout in my 2004 F-150 by holding the brake and mashing the gas, the engine suddenly cut out to an idle, flashed the engine light, and refused to respond to my throttle inputs. Upon shutting the truck off and restarting it, everything was fine. When I ran this by my service tec, he stated what I had assumed: the ECU detected the high throttle input along with the steady brake pedal pressure and determined there was an issue. As a result, it overrode the throttle and returned the engine to a normal idle.

      Had this particular Lexus has this very basic fail-safe, the officer and his family would still be alive. In a way, yes, it was a failure of the ECU. It wasn't programmed with a fail-safe to override the throttle. But that's being nit-picky. Suffice it to say, there most certainly is fault here and Toyota needs to buck up and admit it. Rubber floor mats my @$$.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota pedal maker says fix in the works
      51 mins ago

      WASHINGTON – The company that makes the gas pedal systems implicated in Toyota's big recall of some popular brands says it is working with the automaker on a fix.

      CTS Corp. officials say they have ramped up production at three factories to produce new pedals. They pedals are meant to solve problems with condensation that Toyota has said can cause them to react slowly when driver presses on the gas or in rare cases, get stuck.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Keep your panties on... Before taking sides in this matter you should consider the automotive industry and its history as a whole. First of all the process of buying a car is terribly painful. Once you have bought that car, you'll eventually visit for service and in most cases no one there likes you or cares as long as you pay. The auto industry is where it is now because they lived on feeding us gas guzzling SUVs that created great profit for them. When the world changed they were left with not answer and we had to bail them out with our tax money that could have gone to health care which is an issue that may soon be knocking on our doors. Anyway, as consumers we are on the other side of that sales desk at the dealership. I don't pitty Toyota. Instead I look at this as a downfall which will cause them to claw back to the top. In the process, I hope that Toyotas will become less expensive to purchase out of competition and hopefully, other manufacturers to become less expensive. And for heaven's sake have them listen to us. OK, you may lower them now.
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