Dealers open late to repair 26,000 Toyotas
Published 02/02/2010 | 05:00
TOYOTA dealers will stay open longer to deal with the deluge of repairs on more than 26,000 models being recalled here over an accelerator problem.
The full extent of the recall was revealed last night after the distributors finished identifying the models needing attention.
The dealer network can carry out 1,100 repairs a day. The company said they intended to extend opening hours of their dealers' aftersales facilities to speed up the process.
Letters to customers affected will go out within 10 days. That suggests it will be the week after next before there is any appreciable number of customers turning up for repairs.
As outlined in the Irish Independent on Saturday, 1.4-litre petrol versions of the Corolla and Auris are not affected.
The surprising element, however, is the number involved -- 26,000 on the Irish market is, in relative terms, quite high.
A small number of Peugeot's City Car 107 are also affected by the recall. That's because the car is made at a factory shared with Toyota and Citroen in the Czech Republic.
Peugeot here confirmed that 42 of the 711 models registered in Ireland since the 107 launch in 2006 may be affected. Only petrol models fitted with ESP as standard or with a 2-tronic electronically controlled gearbox are likely to be involved.
Those who own Peugeot 107 2-tronic models will be contacted by their dealer in the coming days to arrange for remedial work. Repairs are free of charge.
Citroen will recall just two cars from the Irish market.
Toyota claims its engineers have developed, and "rigorously tested", a solution. It involves reinforcing the accelerator pedal assembly so that the excess friction that led to pedals sticking, is eliminated.
A Toyota spokesman said: "The first shipment of parts for the recall will begin arriving in Ireland next week. All costs associated with this recall will be borne by Toyota and not our customers," he said.
He stressed that the possibility of a defective accelerator pedal in any vehicle is extremely remote.
Those concerned about their cars can contact their local dealer or call the dedicated helpline on 01-4190222.
Meanwhile, Honda here is recalling nearly 3,000 Jazz models. That is part of a worldwide recall.
Jazz models sold here from 2002 to 2009 need to be checked out due to a possible concern with the electric window switch in the driver's door. It is believed the switch could short circuit if contaminated with liquid.