Feb 2 2010 Maurice Glover
Pedal check for Peugeot and Citroen
OFFICIALS at Peugeot and Citroen are set to join Toyota in recalling thousands of cars for checks on potential problems with accelerator pedal linkages.
The French and Japanese firms share a European factory that produces city car models.
According to PSA Peugeot Citroen, the recall concerns about 97,000 examples of the Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1 hatchbacks and it says the action affects less than 10 per cent of the cars it has produced.
'This is a precautionary recall in line with our stringent quality policy and customers concerned will shortly receive written notification,' said a spokesman.
Meanwhile, Toyota announced a 'comprehensive fix' for the accelerator pedals of the eight models cars it plans to recall and said the solution - reinforcing the pedal assembly - has been rigorously tested.
Customers will be contacted as supplies of parts for the repair begin to arrive in Europe.
'Our policy is to put customers first in all circumstances. We understand that the current situation is creating concerns and we deeply regret it.
'We know what the problem is and how to fix it, so now our focus is to make that fix as quickly as possible. We will make the necessary checks to ensure future customers do not receive an affected vehicle,' said Toyota Motor Europe chief executive Tadashi Arashima.
Models involved in the recall - and their dates of production - are:
· Aygo (Feb 2005 - Aug 2009)
· iQ (Nov 2008 - Nov 2009)
· Yaris (Nov 2005 - Sep 2009)
· Auris (Oct 2006 - 5 Jan 2010)
· Corolla (Oct 2006 - Dec 2009)
· Verso (Feb 2009 - 5 Jan 2010)
· Avensis (Nov 2008 - Dec 2009)
· RAV4 (Nov 2005 - Nov 2009)