With all repairs either completed or booked Toyota prepare to put their problems behind them. But how much has the
run of problems affected the reputation and strength on the brand. Only time will tell.
........NEXT! Reports of a possible recall on Toyota Corolla's! Power Steering
There are now reports of recalls due to power steering. What's next for
Toyota?! Who knows! This will not effect UK owners as the Corolla has not been
sold in the UK since early 2007, when the Auris model took over.
Interestingly public opinion over the whole Toyota affair seems to be that
the Press took the issue and ran with it. This is not something which has taken
place with previous recalls, including those from the likes of Mercedes and BMW.
Reports seem to suggest a much lower danger than reports suggested. However this
does not seem to be reducing the threat of serious legal action in America.
Complaints are that Toyota was too slow to react, and there are even allegations
of cover-ups. But these are mainly based around the US issues, who - as we know
- will sue at the drop of a hat!
........And now! Prius hybrid recalled! 8,500 cars in the UK
This time it's the ABS. The action is reportedly being taken in response to
complaints regarding inconsistent brake feel during braking on bumpy or slick
road surfaces when the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is triggered. This fix
takes around 40mins. Owners will be contacted. The car in front is a Toytota........thank
God it's not behind us! The problem if affecting 436,000 Mk3 Prius built
before 27th January 2010, pushing the total number of Toyota's recalled
worldwide since October to nearly 9 million.
For up to date recall
information regarding the Prius brake recall see here
Toyota have announced that more
than 180,000 UK cars require repair.
This global recall will cost the company an estimated $2 billion (£1.25bn),
not to mention the damage to Toyota's reputation. This follows a previous recall
in January 09 connected to potentially dangerous seatbelt pretensioners.
Toyota is contacting owners of 180,865 UK cars that are potentially affected
by a sticking accelerator pedal to arrange a 30-minute remedial repair.
The problem affects eight models sold in the UK (the iQ, Aygo, Yaris, Auris,
Corolla, Avensis and Verso). A worldwide figure is estimated at more than eight
million cars. The repair involves fitting a steel stiffening plate to correct
the problem with a friction device which is fitted to the throttle pedal and can
become stiff and potentially jam.
So far Toyota says the accelerator problem was identified last year and
affected no more than 30 cars, with no casualties reported. These were repaired
and it was assumed that the problem was resolved, however it resurfaced again
during the cold weather this winter.
This is the second recent problem following five million US vehicles that
were recalled to rectify a problem over unsecured floor mats jamming the
The Toyota website states “It has been
identified that there is a small risk of an accelerator pedal issue in certain
Toyota models. We are voluntarily recalling specific models from the range to
investigate and eliminate the condition. Customer safety has always been the
primary focus for Toyota, and understandably never more so than now.
Toyota has pinpointed an issue that on rare occasions could
cause accelerator pedals in certain vehicles to "stick" in a partially open
position. The recall is being undertaken as a precautionary measure as only a
tiny percentage of the vehicles could develop this specific condition.
As soon as further information is available we will contact
all customers whose vehicles are affected and confirm next steps. For a further
description on the issue, frequently asked questions, and the vehicles possibly
affected please see below.
It is our focus to make this recall as simple and trouble
free as possible, whilst highlighting any further developments to all Toyota
customers as soon as information becomes available. We sincerely apologise for
any inconvenience caused, we understand that the current situation is creating
concerns and deeply regret it.”
Concerned owners should contact Toyota's helpline on 0800 1388 744 or look at
the recall information on its website. www.toyota.co.uk/recall
Peugeot Citroën has also announced a recall of about 90,000
cars manufactured at plant which is jointly run with Toyota. They have withdrawn
some of its Peugeot 107 and Citroën C1 models,
but have not yet announced how many of these will be in the UK
The Peugeot 107, Citroen C1 and the Aygo are essentially the same car
with different styling and fittings, a spokesman for the company said.
But aren't there are accidents being reported? Am I safe?
Regarding reports of accidents in America. Toyota has two separate issues in
America. The first is the same sticky accelerator pedal as reported in Europe.
The second is that floor mats have become loose and have trapped the accelerator
pad. The second issue has caused incidents but is only happening in American
TOYOTA - PRIUS
There have also been reported problems with the brakes on the Prius. Some
drivers have said that when they brake while going over a pothole, the brakes
temporarily fail. Toyota insist that there is not a problem with European
models, but it is investigating Prius models in America. (See top of page for
HONDA - Jazz
Honda has also issued a recall for 646,000
of its popular Jazz model globally over a potential fault in the window lift
switch which could cause a fire and is alleged to have killed a toddler.
The fault affects Jazz models built between 2001 and 2008 (not the
current, Mark 2 version) . These owners are also being contacted through the
What about my Insurance? Am I covered?
The Association of British Insurers has released this statement: "The ABI confirms that motor insurance policies will continue to cover Toyota owners affected by the recall of certain models. Any claims will be dealt with in the normal way, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the policy. If they have not already done so, anyone who thinks they may be affected should contact their local Toyota dealer and follow their advice."
AYGOOnly the MMT model is affected (Feb 2005 - Aug 2009) iQ
(Nov 2008 - Nov 2009) Yaris
(Nov 2005 - Sep 2009) Auris (Oct 2006 - 5 Jan 2010)
Verso (Feb 2009 - 5 Jan 2010)
Avensis (Nov 2008 - Dec 2009)
Corolla (Oct 2006 - Dec 2009)
Peugeot 107 (To be announced)
Citreon (To be announced)
Separate Issues: Honda Jazz (2001 - 2008) Toyota Prius
(Mk3 pre-27th Jan 2010) Toyota
(Not sold in the UK)
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.
This is caused because the accelerator pedal
mechanisms concerned may become worn. This progressive wear, combined with
certain operating and environmental conditions, can cause friction in the
mechanism to increase and intermittently result in the accelerator pedal
being harder to depress, slow to return or, in the worst case, stick in a
partially open position.
In case of occurrence, the driver may notice
that the accelerator pedal is progressively harder to depress or is slower
to return. A rough or chattered feeling may also be experienced when
depressing/releasing the accelerator pedal.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO!
The most important thing for any driver is that you are prepared and aware of what should be done should a problem occur.
So, here is CB's advice:
Manual transmission- Depress the clutch pedal Shift to Neutral Use the brakes to make a controlled stop at the side of the road Turn
off the engine
Automatic transmission- Shift the gear select lever to the Neutral (N) position Use the brakes to make a controlled stop at the side of the road Turn off the engine
If you need to stop immediately, control the vehicle to a stop by stepping firmly and steadily on the brake pedal. Do not pump the brake pedal as it will potentially damage the power brake assist.
If you're unable to put the vehicle in Neutral, turn off the ignition 1 click.
This will cause a loss of the power assist to steering and braking – but you will still have unassisted control.
If the vehicle is equipped with an Engine Start/Stop button, firmly and steadily push and hold the button to turn off the engine.
Do NOT tap the Engine Start/Stop button.
If the vehicle is equipped with a conventional key-ignition do NOT remove the key as this will lock the steering wheel.