26 January 2010: Toyota says it will halt sales and production of eight models in the US, including its top-selling Corolla and Camry, while the accelerator pedal fault is resolved.

28 January 2010: Toyota expands recall from the US to involve cars sold in Europe and China.

29 January 2010: Company says recalls could affect 1.8 million cars in Europe.

3 February 2010: Toyota confirms it has received further complaints from owners of its flagship Prius hybrid related to problems braking.

4 February 2010: Company officials say recalls will cost Toyota at least $2bn.

9 February 2010: Toyota announces recall of around 223,000 of its Prius and other hybrid models in Japan, plus around another 100,000 in the US.

18 February 2010: US officials open a safety investigation into steering problems on the Toyota Corolla, the world's top selling car.

22 February 2010: Toyota reveals it has been subpoeanaed in a US federal grand jury investigation into its handling of the recalls. The probe could lead to criminal charges.