Zimbabwe and South African Toyota cars recalled

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Toyota Zimbabwe is recalling close to 100 cars for check ups as the
automotive giant recalls thousands of cars worldwide. In South Africa
a recall of just over 50 000 vehicles has been announced.

The car maker’s managing director in Zimbabwe Ian Howden Tuesday said “only a small number of cars would need to be brought to the company’s workshops” for check up for potentially sticky accelerator pedal.

“With the recall of Toyota vehicles in many countries around the world for a problem with accelerators, Toyota Zimbabwe advises that fewer than 100 vehicles all of them Corollas, that were sold into Zimbabwean market by Toyota Zimbabwe and its dealers will need to be checked and if necessary have an additional part installed to correct and potential problem” said Howden.

Howden said through chassis numbers “Toyota has identified 93 Toyota
Corollas which need to be checked”.

“We would like to stress that only a small number of cars are involved in this recall Only owners of 2007-2009 Corollas would be affected in Zimbabwe,” emphasized Howden.

However, affected car owners will have to wait a little while as part parts are imported from Japan.

Other Toyota models such as Hilux, Fortuner, Prado and the Landcruiser, which are popular, are said not to be affected.

In neighboring South Africa, Toyota SA has also announced the recall of just over 50 000 vehicles in South Africa, for what it stresses are pre-emptive repairs to accelerator pedals, and a couple of hundred Prius hybrids for a software fix to the brakes.

Toyota South Africa will on February 23 start repairing suspect accelerator pedals on 52 546 cars on South African roads which may — in only the most unlikely, bizarre cases, it insists — start to accelerate uncontrollably.

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