Toyota Motor Europe confirmed this afternoon that it would fix accelerator pedals on as many as 1.8 million vehicles in Europe.
The announcement, oddly out of sync given earlier European time zones, follows the confirmation this morning that Toyota Motor Sales in North America will add a shim to millions of vehicles that, allegedly, stops the accelerator pedal sticking problem, which covers eight of its most popular model lines.
The first shipments of parts required for the latest fix covering the ongoing, and what critics maintain is a multifaceted problem, will begin arriving in Europe next week.
The beleaguered Japanese company offered no explanation whatsoever for what the difference in parts is among its various regional suppliers and why only one is being singled out, with an attitude that increasing number of critics say results from out-sized reputation for quality, which recently has been likened to a fable called the “emperor has no clothes,”
Executives in the U.S. insisted that only one, company, CTS, made the defective pedals. executives in Europe and Asia have not participated in press conferences.
There are, however, growing reports that the accelerator striking and unintended acceleration problems also exists among Denso supplied pedal assemblies, an assertion that thus far has gone without acknowledgment or any comment in spite of TheDetroitBureau.com’s repeated requests for clarification at the affected companies and in their affected regions.
In Europe, Toyota says it – eventually — plans to contact the affected customers, without supplying any details as to how the recall will be conducted, suggesting that the company is still not on top of the rapidly unfolding controversy. (more…)