Toyota to start fixes this week
Japan's Toyota, the world's biggest car maker, yesterday said it would begin this week to fix a technical problem with accelerator pedals that prompted the recall of millions of vehicles.
"Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) USA yesterday announced it will begin fixing accelerator pedals in recalled Toyota Division vehicles this week," the company said in a statement.
Toyota said it had "developed and rigorously tested" a fix to the problem with the faulty models and had also developed "an effective solution for vehicles in production."
Jim Lentz, President of Toyota's sales arm, said in the statement: "Nothing is more important to us than the safety and reliability of vehicles our customers drive. We deeply regret the concern that our recalls have caused for our customers and we are doing everything we can, as fast as we can, to make things right."
Toyota pulled up to 1.8 million vehicles in Europe on Friday, the latest in a series of recalls that has affected almost eight million Toyota cars worldwide – more than its entire 2009 global sales of 7.8 million vehicles. The company has also temporarily halted US production of eight models.
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