Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Toyota Owners Driven to Near-Panic; Firm Admits Long Wait for Repairs to 'Lethal' Fault

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Toyota Owners Driven to Near-Panic; Firm Admits Long Wait for Repairs to 'Lethal' Fault

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Byline: Mark Prigg Technology Editor

TOYOTA today admitted it could be "several weeks" before Londoners are able to have cars with potentially lethal faults repaired.

The firm is to begin sending letters to more than 180,000 British owners on Monday advising them that their car needs to be checked. It plans to run emergency training courses for garage staff on Monday and Tuesday, before beginning repairs on Wednesday.

The news of the faults has triggered near-panic among owners, with more than 10,000 trying to use Toyota's website and hotline. Many callers complained that lines were jammed. "The sheer number of cars involved means in London it could be several weeks before we are able to look at a car," said Toyota's Richard Seymour. Within the M25 there are just 15 garages able to deal with the fault, he added.

The world's biggest car firm has recalled eight million vehicles over fears that two separate faults with accelerator pedals have left them unsafe. …

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