Toyota recall may go global and local
If you haven’t heard, Toyota now holds the record for the largest single recall ever. Involving nothing more than replacing overlong accelerator pedals that are prone to get stuck when a floor-mat slips under it, the recall was extended to an additional 2.3 million vehicles in the United States, up from the 3.8 million that were already recalled. Word is now that the recall will extend to 2 million cars in Europe, while Toyota offices around the world are in talks with various countries to make the recall global.
In most cases, the recall will simply involve the replacement of the existing accelerator pedal with a shorter one. In some cases in the States, Toyota is also installing a brake-override feature that will kill engine power if both the throttle and the brake pedals are pressed together.
As for the UAE, local papers report the dealer as saying that they are monitoring the U.S. situation, and that “if it becomes apparent that any vehicles in the UAE are affected by this campaign, we will take the appropriate action.”
Toyota has already suspended sales of various models in the U.S. to fix new cars in the showroom, although similar actions have not been taken in other countries. Reports also suggest that the factory that makes the pedals can only make 2 million pedals per year, which makes a global recall all the more impossible to complete anytime soon. In the meantime, U.S. dealers are cutting down existing pedals on customer cars using workshop tools, as per Toyota’s instructions.
The design fault affects the Camry, Corolla, RAV4, Sequoia and Avalon from Toyota, as well as the IS 300 and ES 350 from Lexus, among other models that are only sold in America.
Yet another report suggests that the entire throttle assembly is being replaced in Toyota’s US-built models for this latest recall, and since the supplier is different for Japanese-built cars, the problem may not affect other markets. The only US-built models that come to the GCC are the Avalon and the Sequoia.