6 Feb 2010

Toyota boss apologises for recalls

6:35 am on 6 February 2010

The president of Japanese car-maker Toyota has publicly apologised for the faults in its vehicles that have caused worldwide recalls.

Akio Toyoda said he was deeply sorry for the recall of millions of cars and pledged to set up a new quality control committee.

Toyota is recalling about eight million vehicles around the world with faulty accelerator pedals.

It has not yet decided whether to order a wide recall of Prius hybrid cars, which are being investigated in the United States because of brake problems.

Toyota New Zealand has written to the owners of 260 Prius vehicles, saying a glitch with the hybrid vehicle's braking system doesn't make the model unsafe.