Nor is it news to anyone who has tried to get a reasonable price on a hard to find spare part for a car that is a whopping 8 years old, the difficulty of which leading me to believe that perhaps I asked for the Holy Grail and not a mass produced, available anywhere else on earth, steering box.
But that's not what I'm talking about today. What I'm talking about today is the ongoing and expanding recall of various Toyota Cars in the US, Europe and Now it seems, The Middle East. According to Arabian Business
A massive recall of Toyota Motor Corp vehicles could extend to the Middle East after the carmaker admitted a number of the affected models, 2005-2010 year Avalons and 2009-2010 year Sequoias, had been shipped from the US for sale in the region.The rapidly widening recall, currently thought to affect more than 4.4 million cars, follows news of a possible fault in which the accelerator can get stuck in a depressed position preventing the driver from slowing down.In a statement Toyota said the fault – which is thought to be caused by worn accelerator pedal mechanisms – affecting cars in North America, Europe and China was unlikely to occur in the Middle East because of the difference in climate. No further details were given.
Bahwan Toyota has been on the record in all the papers for a week now saying that there are no cars in the sultanate subject to a recall. Everything is fine and rosy here thank you very much. Really, guys? How sure are you? Sure enough that you are willing to risk the lives of your present and future customers? I don't know who manages their PR, but they should find someone better.
Difference in climate? I'm not an expert on cars, and it's plausable, but what if you live in Salalah, Rust Capital of the GCC? Or Jabal Akhdar, where things are generally a bit nippier, and the roads will shake the shit out of your car?
What if you are drive one of the thousands of Grey-Market US export Toyotas on our roads? There are thousands EX-US cars cars on our roads, many of them already of questionable integrity. Don't believe me? Got a lot of spare time? Read This:
Most importantly, what if you are just concerned for the welfare of your family, and would like someone with some expert knowledge to check out your accelerator, free of charge, just to be sure?
Too bad, Bahwan knows best. Pitiful.