Toyota SA recalls 52 500 cars

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Pretoria - A total 52 546 Toyota vehicles are to be recalled in southern Africa in order to correct a potentially faulty accelerator pedal mechanism in some of its passenger models.

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) said it will recall its Corolla (February 2007 to January 2010), Auris (June 2006 to January 2010) and Verso (October 2008 to January 2010) models.

Of the 52 546 vehicles, 45 040 are Corollas, while the Auris accounts for 6 665 of the total number and the Verso constitutes 841 vehicles.

Drivers of these vehicles as well as Toyota dealers in the country and the countries that the motor giant serves including Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland will be contacted immediately.

Repairs to cars begin from 23 February 2010 and motorists will have the opportunity to contact their nearest Toyota dealer at their convenience and schedule a time for the correction of the accelerator pedal.

Repairs, according to Toyota, should take less than an hour but can take longer if dealerships are experiencing high levels of service calls.

The process will not cost motorists a cent.

TSAM CEO and President Dr Johan van Zyl has apologised to all Toyota vehicle owners for the uncertainty and inconvenience that this process may have caused.

Concerned motorists can visit or phone the Customer Contact Centre on 0800-139-111 for further assistance.

Last week, the Toyota Motor Corporation announced the finalisation of its recall of vehicles in the United States and other countries.