The recall in North America which has seen Toyota USA suspend sales of eight models and call back up to 2.3 million vehicles has spread to Europe, due to the same “sticky accelerator pedal” issue. Details of corrective action and implementation will be communicated directly to customers with vehicles potentially affected. The models and exact number of potentially affected vehicles is under investigation.

The Japanese carmaker said that there’s 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. Progressive wear, combined with certain operating and environmental conditions, can increase friction in the mechanism leading to the problem. 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.

A running change in production using different parts has already been implemented model-by-model in the European production. Therefore, there is no need or intention to stop production in Europe, says Toyota.

UPDATE: Toyota has announced that the Europe recall will involve eight models and up to 1.8 million vehicles. No other models or Lexus models are affected:

– AYGO (Feb 2005 – Aug 2009)
– iQ (Nov 2008 – Nov 2009)
– Yaris (Nov 2005 – Sep 2009)
– Auris (Oct 2006 – 5 Jan 2010)
– Corolla (Oct 2006 – Dec 2009)
– Verso (Feb 2009 – 5 Jan 2010)
– Avensis (Nov 2008 – Dec 2009)
– RAV4 (Nov 2005 – Nov 2009