By next week, the first parts to fix accelerator pedals of up to 1.8 million Toyota cars that will be recalled in Europe will start arriving, according to Toyota Motor Europe. Toyota's engineers have developed and rigorously tested a solution that involves reinforcing the pedal assembly to eliminate the potential risk of excess friction that could cause the pedal to stick.
Toyota said that it has not received reports of accidents in Europe of an accelerator pedal sticking in a partial open throttle position or returning slowly to the idle position. These European customers affected by the recall are being contacted.
Toyota said it has already implemented an effective production solution for vehicles to be sold in Europe. Toyota Motor Europe CEO Tadashi Arashima said that since the company has identified the problem and how to fix it, it will be its focus now to complete the repairs as quickly as possible. Last Jan. 29, Toyota said that it would recall eight of its top-selling models in Europe.
Vehicles affected by the recall are the following: Auris, Avensis, Aygo, Corolla, iQ, RAV4, Verso and Yaris models built between February 2005 and this month. All these models except the Corolla and RAV4 are built in either Europe or Turkey.
Toyota explained that the problem involves a friction device in the pedal designed to provide the proper "feel" by adding resistance and making the pedal steady and stable.