Toyota dealing with defective accelerator pedals since December 2008?

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 23, 2009

The Wall Street Journal revealed that Toyota Motor Corp. has been dealing with defective accelerator pedals in Europe since December 2008. To fix the defective pedals, Toyota is set to recall vehicles in Europe. Although a Toyota Motor Europe spokesman declined to confirm it, media reports say that the recall will affect 2 million vehicles in Europe.

Toyota Europe said in a press release that the models and exact number of potentially affected vehicles are under investigation.

Toyota asserted that production won't need to be stopped in Europe because it has already revised its production process to use different parts, which it believes will resolve the issue.

Just last weekend, Toyota announced the recall of 2.3 million cars in the US to fix accelerator pedals that are prone to stick.

Last Tuesday, Toyota announced the suspension of the sales of eight U.S. models due to the faulty accelerator pedal mechanisms. Next week, production of the affected models will be halted at five North American plants.

The Wall Street Journal asserted that Toyota first identified problems with the accelerator pedals on the Tundra pickup in March 2007. Toyota made a determination that the problem was caused by the material in the accelerators' friction lever and it made the change.

However, it doesn't appear that the tweak had solved it since a similar issue arose in Europe in December 2008 in the right-hand-drive versions of two small Toyota cars, the Aygo and Yaris.

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