Toyota Recall Affects Other Makes As Well
Some Peugeots and Citroens made in a joint plant with Toyotas to be recalled immediately in Europe as a result of unintended acceleration concerns, stemming from the use of the same accelerators as Toyota
By Brendan Moore
The massive global Toyota recall regarding faulty accelerators is not merely affecting the Toyota nameplate; it has also taken down some PSA/Peugeot-Citroen vehicles.
PSA announced that it would immediately recall almost 100,000 vehicles in Europe as those cars are made at a plant in the Czech Republic that it shares with Toyota, and therefore those cars use the same accelerator pedal suppliers as Toyota.
A PSA spokesman stated Saturday, “We are going to do the same thing as Toyota. We are going to do a recall.”
The Peugeot 107 and the Citroen C1 minicars made between launch in 2005 and August 2009 will be the subject of the recall, said PSA. PSA and Toyota produce cars jointly at the plant in Kolin, Czech Republic. Toyota produces the Aygo minicar, a popular car in Europe, at the plant.
It appears that Toyota may recall as many as 1.8 million cars in Europe over the recall, spanning eight models. The eight models are Auris, Avensis, Aygo, Corolla, iQ, RAV4, Verso and Yaris models built between Feb. 2005 and this month, Toyota company officials stated.
Unlike it has in other parts of the world, Toyota has not halted production lines in Europe, as it says it just switched to another type of accelerator in its plants in Europe and Turkey, which is where all non-import Toyotas sold in Europe are manufactured.
In related news, Toyota will announce details on their plan to fix the faulty accelerators on cars in the US market at 6:30 AM Eastern Time (GMT-5) today, and will follow that up with a media conference call at 11 AM Eastern Time.
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