According to a report by Japan's Yomiuri daily, cited by Autonews, Toyota's move is preemptive, as it will try and avoid any problems by fixing the faults (if any) on its own. According to a Toyota spokeswoman, Toyota is indeed looking to recall cars in Europe, but no decision has yet been made.
As said, Toyota announced last week a voluntary recall of 2.3 million vehicles (this in addition to the now 4.2 million recall announced in 2009). According to what Toyota says, the two problems are unrelated. The carmaker also issued some tips and recommendations for those who may experience accelerator problems in their vehicles.
The recent problem found in Toyota vehicles involves sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms. According to the official recall information, the pedal can become harder to depress or slow to return.
“Our investigation indicates that 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. Consistent with our commitment to the safety of our cars and our customers, we have initiated this voluntary recall action,” Toyota said in a release.
The affected models are RAV4, Corolla, Matrix, Avalon, Camry, Highlander, Tundra, Sequoia.