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The massive Toyota sticking-accelerator pedal recall has spread from the United States to Europe and even beyond Toyota-branded vehicles. Approximately 90,000 Peugeot 107 and Citroën C1 minicars have been added to the list of afflicted models. PSA, the parent of Peugeot and Citroën, has a joint venture with Toyota in the Czech Republic that produces the 107, C1 and the related Toyota Aygo.

The minis share the same electronic pedal assembly design used in the 2.3 million Toyotas being recalled in North America, as well a 1.8 million vehicles in Europe. In addition to the Aygo, Toyota has identified the iQ, Yaris, Auris, Corolla, Verso, Avensis and Rav4 in Europe. In total Toyota is recalling 7.5 million vehicles worldwide.

We don't know for sure but it seems unlikely with this many vehicles involved around the world that CTS is the sole supplier of these parts. If CTS is not the only supplier then it appears likely that the issue is more of a design problem than a manufacturing issue at one plant or supplier. It is also possible that it could be a software issue unrelated to the hardware itself.

Update: We checked with Toyota spokesman Curt McAllister who confirmed that Denso is the other major supplier of this pedal assembly.

Update 2: Curt McAllister sent us a note to clarify that CTS and Denso are the pedal assembly suppliers for North America only. We're not sure who the suppliers are for overseas markets including Europe and Asia but we'll look into it.

[Source: The Guardian]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, people are often surprised to learn the Japanese technology is different then the domestics -- this was one reason the domestics just could not re-product the high quality and low cost of manufacturing. Because of this the domestics had to use higher engineered materials. What happens is that quality is not what people think it is -- quality allows a car maker to save money because they can rely on the other components to be perfect (so you do not need to over engineer so much). Also, domestics used older proven technology (something that was the foundation of Toyota's quality constitution years ago, but was slowly dropped to save costs when mega-mass production became a central goal).

      You have to ponder .. why, oh why .. when Toyota knew "something was up" did they not do these apparent simple changes via a running update years ago? I do not know the answer to that. But I do know that one reason to always choose the ethical route in business; is that when you do something ethically wrong, it can take the shape of a gorrilla in the closet real quick and will make more and more people do things they would not normally do to keep that larger and larger gorilla from getting out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In the UK, it appears that the Peaugeot 107, manual gear box model, has a mechanically linked accelerator. I have checked this on our 2009 model and can confirm there is a bowden cable connection. I understand from the dealer the automatic model has an electronic accelerator.
      • 5 Years Ago
      05 xB? Anyone know if I'm in the clear?
      • 5 Years Ago
      So just exactly how many problems are there?
      There's the floor mat and the gas pedal getting stuck.
      and then there is the unintened acceleration which was to do with the accelerator made by CTS.
      And then somebody I know says that there is a third problem, is this true? Apparently the car goes out of control without even doing anything, like pushing the accelerator?
      • 5 Years Ago
      To those wondering why there is such a backlash against Toyota in the Automotive internet world, it's very very simple. We have been hearing about these issues and others for years. (We being those of us that consume every bit of auto news we can) We have seen companies like Ford, GM, Chrysler, BMW, Audi and more ripped apart for much smaller recalls over the years. Yes some were much more dangerous. Some weren't. Toyota openly admitted to having thousands of cars on lots, for sale, with a KNOWN defective (and possibly dangerously so) part, and continued to sell the cars for 5 more days. Then they "Voluntarily" halted sales and production...because they were legally obligated to do so. No one outside of the Automotive world raised an eyebrow. In fact, the general public and a large percentage of the media applauded Toyota...for doing what they were legally required to do. If you replaced Toyota with, Gm, Ford, Audi, BMW, etc, people would have torn them apart!

      What you are seeing, in short, from people on these pages, is not some love of seeing the great fall, but more a frustration that Toyota has dropped the ball over and over, only to be excused when NO ONE else would have been.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't want to argue whether Toyota is getting a larger backlash than others. It doesn't really matter because it doesn't reflect on Toyota. The backlash comes from people, and so is a reflection of people's foibles, not the company itself. When a backlash happens, it's basically people reflecting on their own (at least perceived) failure to accurately evaluate the situation before and so are overreacting now. If there is a larger backlash it can easily be as much or more because people of the relative size of people's errors in evaluation than because of the size of the event that triggers the backlash.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Jeez

        You totally missed his point. Toyota is starting to get treated like the others for the first time.

        Recall for recall, it seems that Toyota's end up on the back page instead of the front page more than anyone else's. That's been a huge source of frustration for that follow these stories.

        The unfortunate part is that its taken fatalities and the prospect of more to change this. If they had been treated like everyone else all along, maybe it would have made them handle it better instead of waiting for the government to come down on them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @jpm100:

        How did I miss his point? He said Toyota is getting the backlash just like others have gotten. I'm saying- no they haven't. They're getting a hell of a lot more backlash and you should damn well know it if you've been folling the automotive internet world like he said he does.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How is a faulty airbag (which is only supposed to go off during an accident) worse than a faulty accelerator (which can actually cause an accident)?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Because while an accelerator may cause an accident that can be a light one, also not demanding the deploy of the airbag, a not working airbag will cause serious injuries if not the death of the driver (which in that case was found to be driving within the limits) with a much higher possibility."

        not if you're wearing your seat belt. Airbags are called "supplemental restraints" for a reason.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because while an accelerator may cause an accident that can be a light one, also not demanding the deploy of the airbag, a not working airbag will cause serious injuries if not the death of the driver (which in that case was found to be driving within the limits) with a much higher possibility.
        A not working accelerator may even mean the car won't move at all, which may even be the case with Toyota together with the cases when the car don't decelerate if the pedal is not pressed by the driver.
        A not working airbag means it won't work period. Even assuming, but it wasn't the case, the airbag could deploy itself while you're driving, it would cause a much more dangerous impediment to the control of the vehicle than a stuck accelerator (which will still let you turn off the car, use the handbrake, put the car in neutral etc, given you have enough time or a good reaction).

        I'm not defending Toyota, this is indeed a big deal, but it is made a bigger than what it is just because it's Toyota.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Damnit, that was supposed to be a reply to I'm Italian.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't get it..... They've been building cars for more than a 100 years, When the hell did they forget how to build GAS PEDALS????
        • 5 Years Ago
        and Toyota is not even 80 yo
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you haven't notice, Toyota switched from Throttle cable to Drive by wire system. There's the main difference and the turning point of this stupid recall.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess I haven't kept up with the technology..... I've been driving for 50 years, yeah I'm old, and I wish we could go back to the days when you could fix your own car. My very first brand new car was a '69 Mach 1 Mustang, Red, with black interior, with the 351cubic inch Cleveland engine. I used to carry a little tool kit in the car and I could fix almost anything in it by myself. When I finished with it, it had 90,000 very hard miles on it. Before that, I got hand-me down cars from both my parents and one uncle who willed me his '64 Chevy Biscayne 4 door. I haven't had a four door car since then. I've got a 350Z now, and I wouldn't know how to fix anything in it! I suppose that's good... 'cause I don't want to f**k anything up in the car................ it's a wonderful car! But what do I know.... I'm just and old man...........................and loving it ;-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Has the Aston Martin Cygnet been recalled too?

      Just remember in all this, that although Czech, US and Chinese made vehicles and parts can have problems, no Japanese-assembled car or part could be at fault. Toyota said so.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The NHTSA is currently investigating all of CTS' pedals to see if any other car manufacturers are affected so this might end up being a lot bigger than just Toyota and it's partners.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lol, just wait, they'll find som way to pin it on an American engineer saying he designed the faulty pedal. This just gets more entertaining every day.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because we all know that the Japanese don't make mistakes.
        Only companies in Indiana.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is there an investigative report out there that lists the chronology of events (going back to the original investigation early in the decade)?

      It seems there may be at least 4 different issues potentially involved (a perfect storm?):
      - Floormat interference
      - Pedal pivot deterioration
      - Lack of throttle-interrupt with brake actuation
      - 3 second push button start "kill switch" (You have to hold down the push button start on a Toyota, apparently, for 3 seconds in order to shut down, whereas, on GM products, it shuts down if you hold down for 2 seconds or "jab" the button twice in 5 seconds, as if you're panicking...)

      Also, given the fact that arguably the most famous event (San Diego off-duty CHP officer driving a Lexus dealer loaner ES350, equipped with the push button start, resulting in 4 dead) did not involve a U.S. produced vehicle, it seems that the issue of whether or not this was a Design or Manufacturing issue is pretty much a moot one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If the problem is the design and the Accelerator Mechanism has been redesigned shouldn't Toyota be required to replace the the Accelerator Mechanism with the new one and use the shim only for a temporary fix?
      • 5 Years Ago
      A friend recently paid $550 to Lexus to replace one of these assemblies. He'll now file for a refund. I don't know if he kept the replaced part. One of the news programs showed which version was the one that could be sticky. It had a shiny metal rectangle about an inch square on the top left of the part. It was very easy to see from the street. In any case, if you have one of the vehicles in question, all who drive it should practice shifting into Neutral without going too far and stripping the parking pawl and flywheel. Easier said than done for those who look down at the console to see if they're grabbing the right thing. Watch to see how many do this, even though the proper gear is lit up directly in front of them on the instrument panel. My wife included.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Odd.

        No Lexus is on the recall list for pedal assemblies.

        But we all know that they should be, too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The purpose of the exercise is to train drivers ti do what needs to be done without hesitation or taking eyes of the road. Not all automatics go up into Neutral with a little nudge, especially the ones with gear selection. try going into Neutral when you're out of the pattern, your shifter to the side, able to up- or down shift only.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know, I'm responding to my own post... Sorry, but I just remembered something else.

      This recall affects vehicles that, at least theoretically, involve some that are/could be sourced from either Canada, U.S. or Japan. I don't think the pedal specs differ between vehicles sourced from these different factories; If they do, this flies in the face of the Toyota system.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It seems like they made the good product in Japan for Japans consumption but they changed the specifications for the US market to save a few nickles and dimes...essentially given the rest of the world a cheaper "Camry" then a JDM "Camry"...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, my point is that they're using the same spec across factories (as Toyota and, for example, Honda does) in order to have flexibility as demand fluctuates across different markets. I think, in fact, that this points up a basic problem for Toyota, as it's potentially something that can't be laid neatly at the feet of a single supplier but, rather, is a problem for which Toyota is proven to be exclusively or, at least, mainly responsible.
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