MUNICH -- Toyota Motor Europe announced today that it will recall eight of its top-selling models to fix a problem with the cars' accelerator pedals.
The recall may reach up to 1.8 million cars and will affect Auris, Avensis, Aygo, Corolla, iQ, RAV4, Verso and Yaris models built between Feb. 2005 and this month, the company said in a release. All the models except the Corolla and RAV4 are built in either Europe or Turkey. (See box, below)
The Yaris was Toyota's No. 1 seller in 2009. (See box, bottom)
No Lexus models are included in the recall. Only a limited number of incidents have been reported in Europe, and Toyota Europe is not aware of any accident resulting from this issue, the company said.
"We understand that the current situation is creating concerns, and we deeply regret it,” Toyota Europe CEO Tadashi Arashima said in a statement. “We would also like to reassure customers: the potential accelerator pedal issue only occurs in very rare circumstances. The announced action is a preventive measure aimed to guarantee the highest safety standards to all customers."
Toyota reiterated Friday that it will not suspend output in Europe because it already has changed its production process to use different parts to deal with the problem.
The world's largest automaker last weekend announced a recall of 2.3 million cars in North America to fix accelerator pedals that are prone to stick.