Toyota announced that it will recall more than a million other cars and trucks in the United States over concerns that the vehicles could accelerate suddenly and unintentionally.
The world’s largest car manufacturer added approximately 1.09 million to the recall list of 4.2 million vehicles that it originally announced last September. Toyota claims that the floor mats in these vehicles can become locked with the gas pedal, trapping it in an open position and causing the vehicle to accelerate unexpectedly.
The new additions to the sudden acceleration recall include the 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Venza, 2009-2010 Matrix, and 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe. Toyota manufactured the Vibe, modeled after the popular Toyota Matrix, for the now defunct Pontiac Brand of General Motors.
On Friday, Toyota launched a recall of eight models in Europe that include the Aygo, iQ, Auris, Corolla, Verso, Avensis, and RAV4 sports utility vehicles. Another 75,000 2009-1010 RAV4 SUVs have been recalled in China.
The European recalls encompass nearly 2 million cars and bring the total number of Toyota vehicles recalled to 9 million worldwide.
On Tuesday, Toyota announced that it had suspended production and sales of some of its bestselling models, including the 2009-2010 RAV4, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2005-2010 Avalon, 2007-2010 Camry, 2010 Highlander, 2007-2010 Tundra, and 2008-2010 Sequoia.
The suspended vehicles are the same models that Toyota recalled last week over concerns of the accelerator mechanisms wearing out and becoming stuck or unresponsive.
The manufacturer of those parts, Indiana-based CTS Corporation, has already begun supplying Toyota with new throttle assemblies. However, CTS adamantly denies that its gas pedal mechanisms are responsible for any of the sudden acceleration problems reported in so many Toyota cars and trucks.