• Jan 29, 2010
As expected, Toyota Europe announced details today surrounding the recall of cars for defective accelerator pedal mechanisms that began in the U.S. Like the U.S. recall that involves 2.3 million vehicles across eight model lines, the European recall also involves eight models: the Auris, Avensis, Aygo, Corolla, iQ, RAV4 Verso and Yaris. All told, about 1.8 million vehicles are involved.

Unlike in the U.S., Toyota Europe will not be suspending production of any models because replacement parts are already being used at its various assembly plants. What's interesting to note is that some of those plants are located in Japan, specifically ones that build the Corolla and RAV4. Until now, the reason given for all Lexus and Scion models being excluded from the recall was that they were built exclusively in Toyota's native country and used an accelerator pedal mechanism sourced from a different supplier, not CTS Corp. that manufactured the defective part for North American plants.

Whether or not this means the recall could be expanded even further, perhaps to include vehicles from other Toyota brands, remains to be seen, but the fact that the defective part in question has now popped up on the other side of the Atlantic suggests that the problem lies in its design and not how it was manufactured by the supplier.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Next up: Toyota dancing robots recalled for 'occasional rampages'
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Fix: Placing chewing gum over the sensors.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Man, Toyota reliability SUCKS....Time to by Ford
        • 4 Years Ago
        lolz
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am getting Toyota-recall news fatigue now. Maybe the media can wait for 2 weeks at a time and consolidate all the recalls into a single news...
        • 4 Years Ago
        geez, can't you guys take any joke?
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ Swede

      Unfortunately people in the Netherlands do buy ( a lot) Toyota's...
      Toyota almost beat VW for the number one position... thanks to government incentives for hybrids. (http://www.autoweek.nl/verkoopcijfers.php?verkoopjaar=2009). I also happen to know that Toyota is number one in Norway.

      OT: This whole situation is all over the news here BTW, almost half of the news programs are covered by this subject... They are recalling about 100 000 cars in The Netherlands alone...!
        • 4 Years Ago
        the Netherlands or Norway are small markets by numbers compared to the big europen markets like Germany, Italy, France and the UK.
        In Germany Toyota holds only 3.6% of the market and is clearly outnumbered by other imports like Ford (7.6%), Renault (5.9%), PSA Citroen/Peugeot (6.1%), Fiat (4.3%), Skoda (5%)...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh and the Toyota lies just keep unraveling.

      Where are all those Toyota loyalist that were so adamantly resisting the reality of the situation last week? LOL

      Dopes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Total Recall II"

      ...Arnold Schwarzenegger replaced by Toyota...

      could be seen at your local Toyota dealer all over the world
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh My Gawd, What A Feeling!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota is really flunking corporate crisis management. If Johnson & Johnson's response to the Tylenol poisoning case (which was not their fault) is the gold standard, Toyota is the other end of the scale.

      We've now gone through four explanations or fixes:
      1. Driver error
      2. Floor mats
      3. Shorter pedals
      4. Shim or spacer

      And none of them address the statistical fact that these are all on throttle-by-wire cars that lack a brake over ride in the design or programming.

      When Audi was the victim of CBS News and the trial lawyers they had to add transmission interlocks requiring the brake to be depressed to move the automatic transmission out of neutral.

      Will NHTSA require Toyota to fix the throttle-by-wire program to include a brake over ride which other manufacturers with throttle-by-wire already do? That's the real fix.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I believe that CTS Corp has taken the position that Toyota designed the mechanism and the problem is due to Toyota's design. If so, it could well be that this design was used by other suppliers to manufacture the mechanism.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if Aston would reconsider the Cygnet now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      now I'm more curious in knowing the difference between the rest of the worlds pedal and the ones they equip the JDM versions with...Why did the CTS version get redesigned?? was is a bad design from the get go?? why wasn't it the same design from the JDM version since it's the same car....Do they cut corners in other areas of design??? This is starting to look like Wal-Mart syndrome when companies sell products at wal-mart mostly electronics/appliances/garden equipment they make them cheaper then the one you would normally buy at another retailer because wal-mart wants to sell the same name brands at a lower cost then the rest...
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is getting very ugly. Not so much the cars, which can be fixed and the company recover. it's their whole corporate culture thats going to take a beating. Kaizen? We don't need no stinkin Kaizen!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kaisen is a joke. It is totally unsustainable. I've been saying this for years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So now it includes Toyotas made in Japan, and therefore possibly made by other than CTS and probably sold around the world, including Asia, Africa, Middle East, and South America, yet Toyota is only releasing the information that they are forced to release.
      Strike Seven!

      And I still have not heard a satisfactory explanation for why the LEXUS driven by the policeman to his death in CA had an uncontrolled acceleration problem. The floor mat is a crock.

      I predict that Toyota is going to take Strike Eight when the gas pedal recall problem spreads to the Lexus line and Toyota starts talking about putting shims in a Lexus.

      Strike Nine will come when they announce the limited models and ages of the cars which will receive the Fail Safe System that closes the throttle when the brakes are applied.

      Sayonara Toyota. You're out!
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