Toyota Romania recalls 12,500 cars for checks

Newsroom 15/02/2010 | 10:59

Japanese carmaker Toyota will recall 12,500 vehicles sold in Romania which could have defective acceleration pedals to check them, company representatives have announced. According to media estimates, the total cost, which will be borne by the carmaker, could reach some EUR 1 million in Romania. The recall covers models such as the Aygo, iQ, Yaris, Auris, Corolla, Verso, Avensis and RAV4 and is part of a wider, international recall program. Toyota Motor announced last week that it was recalling some 2.3 million cars and trucks in the US and another 1.8 million vehicles in Europe.

According to Toyota Romania officials, owners will receive notification from their Toyota dealers inviting them to have their cars checked. The recall is a preventive measure and covers all vehicles specified by Toyota Motor Europe, irrespective of whether their drivers have experienced any problems with their cars’ gas pedals. Romania, like the rest of Europe, has not had reports of any accidents caused by faulty gas pedals in Toyota models. The carmaker’s sales in Romania slumped 60 percent last year, to 3,996 vehicles.

Since last fall, Toyota Motor has recalled more than 8 million vehicles because of braking problems. Similar deficiencies with the acceleration pedal have been reported in some Honda, Peugeot and Citroen models, which have recall programs underway.

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