On Sunday, Tokyo’s Nikkei worried aloud that Toyota’s recall may snowball into Europe. The ball is rolling: Today, the Nikkei reports that Toyota “expects to recall roughly 2.0 million vehicles in Europe to fix defective gas pedals.”
The Nikkei’s source is “a person familiar with the matter .“ Because Toyota is still working out which cars exactly need to go to the shop, “it’s unclear when the recall will be formally announced, the person said.”
The Nikkei usually has impeccable sources and is not prone to sensationalism
After Toyota said last Thursday it will recall 2.3 million vehicles in the U.S. for the same gas pedal-related problem, Toyota is recalling a combined 4.3 million vehicles in the US and Europe. According to the Nikkei, this equals 55 percent of the 7.81million cars and trucks the Toyota group (including Daihatsu and Hino) sold globally in 2009. The Nikkei’s source said the final recall volume in Europe could vary, depending on the country’s rules for repairing faulty parts.
Adding the 4.2m cars that were recalled last year because of faulty floor mats, Toyota will have recalled more than a year’s worth of production when all is said and done.