U.S. Toyota recall extends to Europe and China

Legal news for product liability attorneys. Toyota extended recalls to Europe and China over sudden acceleration issues.

Product liability attorneys alert- Toyota recall extended to China and Europe over sudden acceleration.

West Palm Beach, FL—The latest recall announced by Toyota, which involved 2.3 million vehicles, has since been extended to China and Europe. Toyota announced the extended recall on Thursday, January 28, 2010, after announcing that they have suspended all U.S. sales and productions of eight models, as reported by the San Jose Mercury News.

In addition, Toyota has stated they are recalling an additional 1.09 million U.S. vehicles, which includes five models—the 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Venza, 2009-2010 Matrix, and the 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe—due to the possibility that the gas pedals can stick and cause sudden acceleration. Chinese officials were told that a recall would begin in February for 75,500 RAV4 sport-utility vehicles, which were manufactured in China between March 2009 and January 2010. The Chinese-manufactured vehicles use the same parts for their accelerators as the problematic U.S. gas pedals. Toyota is currently unsure how many European Toyota vehicles will be affected the accelerator issue, which use the CTS manufactured pedals from Elkhart, Indiana. Toyota plans to replace or fix the accelerator pedals in the recalled vehicle models, in which may cause floor mat entrapment. Toyota will replace the floor mats in the recalled vehicles as well.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for product liability lawyers.