Official: Toyota Recall Begins in Europe

Following almost a day of rumors, speculation and unofficial confirmation, Japanese carmaker Toyota announced through its UK media website it will begin a recall of its vehicles, based on possible accelerator pedal mechanisms faults. The extent of the recall still hasn't been provided, as Toyota says it will notify the customers directly.

"There is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms may, in rare instances, mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position," Toyota says in the official statement.

"Toyota will implement a recall in Europe for this matter. The details of corrective action and implementation will be communicated directly to customers with vehicles potentially affected. The models and exact number of potentially affected vehicles is under investigation."

Unlike in the US, Toyota says there will be no need to halt production at its European facilities.

"A running change in production using different parts has already been implemented model-by-model in the European production. Therefore there is no need or intention to stop production in Europe."

Customers which would like to learn more about the matter are advised to contact Toyota GB Customer Relations (0800 1388744) for assistance. Toyota says it will provide additional information as it becomes available.

In addition to the measure taken for its European operations, the carmaker also announced Chinese authorities it will start a recall in February for 75,500 RAV4 vehicles manufactured in China between March 2009 and January 2010.
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