Toyota recall includes Avensis model in NZ

Toyota recall includes Avensis model in NZ

Toyota New Zealand confirmed today that the only model sold in New Zealand affected by the global recall is the European manufactured Avensis model.

This follows news that the recall of Toyota vehicles for defective accelerator pedal mechanisms that began in the U.S has spread to now include Europe. Like the U.S. recall that involves 2.3 million vehicles across eight model lines, the European recall also involves eight models including the high-volume selling Corolla and Yaris. All up, about 1.8 million vehicles require attention.

The recall is the largest in automotive history and addresses complaints initially by American Toyota customers who have experienced unintended acceleration. In these cases, which Toyota says are rare, the pedal mechanism could be worn and “become harder to depress, slower to return or, in the worst case, stuck in a partially depressed position.”

In NZ things aren’t so bad with only the Avensis model needing repair. Paul Carroll, General Manager of After Sales for Toyota New Zealand, said that all other models sold new in New Zealand, as well as all used imported Toyotas from Japan, were unaffected by the recall as the accelerator pedal used on these models was sourced from a different manufacturer than the affected units.

Toyota New Zealand is waiting for advice on individual Avensis units affected, but it is expected to number around 60 vehicles. The owners will then be contacted directly by the company. ’’The risk of any owner encountering a problem is very small, said Mr Carroll, as in the whole of Europe only 26 owners reported any problem and there were no accidents resulting from the issue.”

Toyota New Zealand confirmed today that the only model sold in New Zealand affected by the global recall is the European manufactured Avensis model.

This follows news that the recall of Toyota vehicles for defective accelerator pedal mechanisms that began in the U.S has spread to now include Europe. Like the U.S. recall that involves 2.3 million vehicles across eight model lines, the European recall also involves eight models including the high-volume selling Corolla and Yaris. All up, about 1.8 million vehicles require attention.

The recall is the largest in automotive history and addresses complaints initially by American Toyota customers who have experienced unintended acceleration. In these cases, which Toyota says are rare, the pedal mechanism could be worn and “become harder to depress, slower to return or, in the worst case, stuck in a partially depressed position.”

In NZ things aren’t so bad with only the Avensis model needing repair. Paul Carroll, General Manager of After Sales for Toyota New Zealand, said that all other models sold new in New Zealand, as well as all used imported Toyotas from Japan, were unaffected by the recall as the accelerator pedal used on these models was sourced from a different manufacturer than the affected units.

Toyota New Zealand is waiting for advice on individual Avensis units affected, but it is expected to number around 60 vehicles. The owners will then be contacted directly by the company. ’’The risk of any owner encountering a problem is very small, said Mr Carroll, as in the whole of Europe only 26 owners reported any problem and there were no accidents resulting from the issue.”

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