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Toyota Recall Extended In U.S.

Toyota is dealing with yet another blow to its reputation after it announced an additional recall of over one million vehicles in the United States.

The automaker announced the recall Thursday which covers five popular models. The latest move comes after the company halted sales and production on eight models following another recall last week involving faulty gas pedals affecting about 2.3 million vehicles, including 270,000 in Canada.

Thursday’s recall, which covers the 2008-10 Highlander, 09-10 Corolla, 09-10 Venza, 09-10 Matrix and 09-10 Pontiac Vibe affects 1.09 million vehicles. This time, Canadian cars weren’t included.

Toyota dealerships across Canada and the U.S. have been fielding non-stop calls from concerned customers.

In February the automaker plans to recall about 75,500 RAV4s in China that were manufactured between March 2009 and January 2010 for the same, faulty gas pedal problem.

Toyota is currently trying to determine how many European vehicles are affected by the faulty gas pedals, manufactured by CTS Corp, which operates a plant in Mississauga.

The company has said it will fix or replace the accelerator pedals on recalled vehicles to avoid the risk of floor mat entrapment.

Canadian vehicles affected by recall earlier this month:

  • 2009-2010 RAV4
  • 2009-2010 Corolla
  • 2009-2010 Matrix
  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2007-2010 Camry
  • 2010 Highlander
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2008-2010 Sequoia

Toyota Customer Care Hotline: 1-800-331-4331
Toyota Customer Interaction Centre: 1-888-TOYOTA-8 (1-888-869-6828)

Toyota Canada’s recall statement