Toyota has now announced the recall of UK versions of their cars with the sticky accelerator issue. They are contacting owners to arrange the modification.
Yesterday we reported on the huge problem Toyota has had with faulty accelerator mechanisms on cars in the US, and the news that in addition to the 2.3 million cars potentially affected in the US Toyota had revealed that similar issues are probable in Europe and we were expecting a Toyota recall in the UK.
We’ve now heard from Toyota and they’ve issued a recall notice for a number of UK models (full list at the bottom of the page) that are affected by the fault accelerator mechanism.
We noted yesterday that an acknowledgement of the problem was one thing, but with millions of Toyotas affected it was tough to see how Toyota would fix the problem as their supplier – CTS Corporation – has an annual capacity of only 2 million units. But it seems there may be a work-round.
Automotive News are reporting that a fix has been developed which involves using a very low-tech solution – Shims (James May would be impressed). All that seems to be required is inserting a metal shim into a gap in the friction lever of the pedal which will reduce friction and stop the pedal from sticking. Toyota aren’t acknowledging this report officially, but they are said to be testing its effectiveness and are expecting to get the fix out to dealers next week.
At least there seems to be a simpler solution than manufacturing – and fitting – millions of new accelerator mechanisms to Toyotas around the world. But this is still going to be a very expensive exercise for Toyota. Not just on their share price, but in customer confidence too.
If you think the Toyota recall may affect you – and Toyota are estimating up to 1.8 million vehicles in Europe will be affected – then get in touch with Toyota GB Customer Relations on 0800 1388 744.
Toyota faulty accelerator recall UK models.
- Aygo (Feb 2005 – Aug 2009)
- iQ (Nov 2008 – Nov 2009)
- Yaris (Nov 2005 – Sep 2009)
- Auris (Oct 2006 – 5 Jan 2010)
- Corolla (Oct 2006 – Dec 2009)
- Verso (Feb 2009 – 5 Jan 2010)
- Avensis (Nov 2008 – Dec 2009)
- RAV4 (Nov 2005 – Nov 2009)