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Saturday 19 April 2014

It may be cautious but better safe than sorry

ANOTHER month, another recall and, yes, another Toyota problem requiring huge numbers of cars to be inspected.

The maker of the 'best cars in the world' has been taking a hammering in the publicity stakes of late.

The frequency of recalls at Toyota would suggest there is something not quite right going on.

Much of this goes back to the way the parent company managed a problem back in 2009 and 2010.

Its handling of that prompted such a panning in the global media over its dilly-dallying, it has become super-sensitive to subsequent problems. There were 17.4 million cars recalled across Europe last year. A mere 4pc were made by the Japanese giant.

We've heard a bit from Honda but I don't recall hearing anything like that volume from so many manufacturers.

So let us put some perspective on this. We should be told of all recalls. It is the least we deserve.

At a time of huge pressure on costs, there is a fear that corners are being cut.

The 320,000 Toyota customers here are fairly sure they'll hear it publicly if there is something wrong.

How many others can you say that about?

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