Toyota Motor Corp extended its safety recall of millions of its most popular cars to Europe and China on Thursday in a further blow to the
reputation of the world's largest auto maker.
The scale of the fix for potentially dangerous accelerator pedals emboldened rivals and could land the Japanese carmaker with hundreds of millions of dollars in extra costs per month.
Toyota, a byword for quality and reliability, said it had not yet determined how many vehicles in Europe would be recalled, or when, but media and analysts believe 2 million may be affected on top of some 6 million in North America.
In China, the world's biggest auto market in 2009, the carmaker said on Thursday it had submitted an application to recall over 75,000 RAV4 vehicles.
All the cars being recalled in North America, Europe and China have pedals made by supplier CTS Corp.
The move comes as Toyota grapples with a patchy recovery from a vicious global industry downturn and growing competition.
Toyota late on Wednesday also offered to replace floor mats or
pedals on another 1.1 million U.S. vehicles if customers wanted.
With that voluntary measure, Toyota would be dealing with nearly 6 million U.S. vehicles for accelerator-related problems across its range.
A further 2 million in Europe would take the total to 8 million, almost the same as its group global sales last year.
The sales suspension could cost 550 million U.S. dollars a month.
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