Dangerous Toyota Cars 'Will Take Months to Be Fixed'

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Byline: JonathanPrynn Consumer business editor

REPAIRS to tens of thousands of potentially dangerous Toyota cars are likely to take months to complete, it emerged today.

The world's biggest car manufacturer is facing a huge threat to its reputation after it admitted that throttle pedals on seven models may get stuck.

The DVLA is expected to deliver contact details of affected owners to Toyota today or tomorrow in a move that could include 180,865 cars in the UK.

But supplies of a spare part that will fix the problem are not due to arrive in Britain from Japan until the middle of next week. Toyota has 90 service centres in Britain, which are being put on a "war-footing" to cope with the waves of bookings for the one-hour repair. Opening hours will be extended and mechanics are getting extra training on how to fix the spare part, Toyota said.

But even if all 90 are open 18 hours a day dealing with two cars at a time it will take two months to work through the backlog. Vanessa Guyll, of the AA, said: "This will start next week, they will call people in to their workshops as they work through the list but it will probably take several months. …


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