Toyota looks into Europe car fears

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota is investigating whether the accelerator problem that prompted a sales halt in the US could affect vehicles sold in Europe.

A fault with the accelerator pedal that could potentially cause it to get stuck has forced the company to stop the sales of eight of its most popular models in the US and cease production at six assembly plants.

Only one of the affected models, the RAV4, is sold in Britain. The vehicles available in the UK are made in Japan, not the US, the company said.

So far the glitch has been found only in components from a US supplier, a spokesman for Toyota stated, adding that the European factories use different suppliers.

The firm is investigating whether the issue could possibly affect accelerator parts used in Europe.

A spokeswoman said the car maker is considering its options in Europe and assessing whether a recall is required.

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