Timeline: Toyota's troubles

A timeline looking at the recall woes hitting the world's number one carmaker.

    A series of recalls has badly damaged Toyota's reputation and its share price [Reuters]

    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.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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