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Australia unaffected by Toyota recall

Local arm moves quickly, issues statement to alleviate concerns of owners

The accelerator pedals that are the basis for a massive recall announced in North America -- and now Europe -- are not fitted to local Toyotas, the company has revealed.

According to a statement released by Toyota Australia late last week, accelerator pedals fitted to the company's vehicles sold here are supplied by a firm other than CTS Corporation, the supplier in the gunsights for the American recall.

Furthermore, as the statement pointed out, Camrys and Aurions built at Altona -- including the export cars -- don't need to be recalled either.

In the latest news from abroad, Automotive News TV reports that Toyota is "preparing a fix" to roll out in a matter of days for North American Toyota owners. The US government's Congress intends to investigate the matter and the legal eagles are gearing up for massive action against Toyota, on behalf of owners affected. It's not only the owners who have suffered harm or damage as a consequence of the alleged 'unintended acceleration' fault that are lining up to sue Toyota, but apparently also those who are anxious that they might suffer such a loss in the future!

Toyota itself has halted production of eight model lines in the US until the situation is resolved and automotive auction houses are holding back Toyota sales in the short term. The pedal supplier, CTS Corporation, is in the process of shipping replacement parts to Toyota for use in the assembly of new vehicles, at which time production can resume. An undisclosed source revealed to Automotive News TV that a metal shim fitted by Toyota dealers to the 2.3 million cars already on the road will resolve the problem for existing consumers.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will conduct a hearing on February 25 and its Chairman, Henry Waxman, has informed both Toyota's North American president and the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the hearing will investigate incidents as far back as 2000. Waxman and his committee will compile a list of consumer complaints and relevant reports of deaths and injuries.

The accelerator pedal recall follows closely an earlier recall for Toyota and Lexus vehicles, in which the accelerator pedal was fouled by a loose-fitting floor mat, leading to vehicle collisions.

Toyota Australia's statement in respect of the latest recall is reproduced here in full:

Toyota Australia wishes to advise that Toyota vehicles it sells in Australia are not affected by the recalls announced in the North American market.

Accelerator pedals for Toyota vehicles sold in Australia, and those manufactured in Australia for export, are provided by a different supplier.



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