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Toyota recalls 2.3m US vehicles

Toyota RAV4
Toyota's urban RAV4 car is one of those models affected

Toyota is recalling 2.3 million cars in the US to correct sticking accelerator pedals, just the latest in a string of recalls the firm has had to announce.

Company spokesman Brian Lyons said the move was due to the vehicles' pedal mechanism becoming worn and, in some cases, getting stuck.

It is not yet known if the recall will affect Toyota cars in other countries.

Back in November, Toyota recalled 4.2 million cars in the US due to pedals getting lodged under floor mats.

Rare instances

The models affected by the latest recall include the 2009-2010 RAV4, the 2009-2010 Corolla, the 2009-2010 Matrix, the 2005-2010 Avalon, the 2007-2010 Camry, the 2010 Highlander, the 2007-2010 Tundra, and the 2008-2010 Sequioia.

Toyota confirmed that accelerator pedals in the affected cars could "in rare instances, mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position".

It said it was a separate issue to the problem of loose floor mats, and that that recall of affected vehicles is continuing.

In August of last year, Toyota recalled 690,000 cars in China due to faulty electrical window switches.

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