Problems With Toyota And Honda Cars – Manufacturers Recalling More Than 2 Million Cars Worldwide
Japanese car giant Toyota is recalling almost 2 million cars across Europe after problems were highlighted with accelerator pedals. Millions of cars are also being recalled in the US and Japan. Toyota say that only 26 related incidents have been reported in Europe, with no accidents being caused.
More than 180,000 cars in Britain will need to be taken to dealers for repairs. The Japanese firm is recalling cars around the world following an accelerator pedal problem that affects seven of its models. Investigations are also underway into reports in Japan and the USA of faulty brakes on the Prius model.
Toyota is writing to affected drivers in the UK to arrange repairs. The models affected include the IQ, Aygo, Yaris, Auris, Corolla, Avensis and Verso.
A further blow to the reputation of Japanese car makers occurred this week when Honda announced it is recalling 453,000 cars in the United States and other markets because of problems with air leaking into the brake systems on two of its models. Honda has insisted that this problem does not affect any cars sold in Europe. This recall follows the recall of a further 430,000 vehicles in February 2010 due to a fault with the airbags becoming over pressurised.
Whilst no incidents have been recorded in the United Kingdom as a result of the recently recalled Toyota or Honda vehicles recent news stories concerning the death of a man in Liskeard, Cornwall questioned whether the accelerator problem on his recalled semi-automatic Peugeot 107 contributed to the accident which killed him. Peugeot issued a recall of two models, the 107 and the C1, in January both of which are manufactured at a factory in the Czech Republic which is a joint venture with Toyota. The Toyota Aygo, which has also been recalled, is also manufactured at this facility.
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