Toyota announces massive Saudi vehicle recall
Riyadh, December 28, 2013
Toyota Motor Corporation is recalling more than 400,000 vehicles in Saudi Arabia that were produced from 2006 to 2010 due to concerns about unintended acceleration, the company and Saudi Arabia's trade ministry said.
This is the same issue that led to the recall of nearly 19 million Toyota vehicles worldwide from late 2009 to early 2011. Toyota and its agent in Saudi Arabia, Abdul Latif Jameel Company, will instal brake override systems in the affected vehicles, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Commerce and Industry said.
This is the second country, after the US, where installation of the brake override system to prevent runaway Toyota vehicles has been required.
Toyota said that its main Toyota brand and luxury Lexus brand vehicles "are safe even without" a brake override system.
Regulators in the US in 2011 found that there was no electronic-based cause of unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyota vehicles. But, Toyota said it recalled the vehicles in Saudi Arabia to "ensure customers' peace of mind" and after the trade ministry's "strong request" that software for a brake override system be installed, Toyota said.-TradeArabia News Service