Toyota agrees to Brazil Corolla recall -newspapers

* Recall due to floor mat problems in popular Toyota model

* Nearly 55,000 Corollas were sold in Brazil in 2009

* Recall is latest in string of problems for Toyota

SAO PAULO, April 24 (BestGrowthStock) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: )
has agreed to recall a yet-undetermined number of vehicles sold
in Brazil since 2008 due to floor mat problems, the latest in a
string of safety problems the Japanese automaker faces
globally, local newspapers reported on Saturday.

Toyota executives agreed to replace the floor mats of its
Corolla model after a meeting with government regulators and
consumer protection agencies, Folha de S. Paulo reported.

In 2009, more than 54,500 Corollas were sold in Brazil, O
Globo newspaper said on Saturday.

The move comes after the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais
ordered dealerships on Thursday to suspend sales of the
Corolla, citing consumer complaints of accidents. Toyota, the
world’s largest automaker, said it will abide by the state’s
decision but denied any wrongdoing.

More than 8.5 million Toyota vehicles have been recalled
around the world due to safety problems.

Calls made to the Sao Paulo-based offices of Toyota on
Saturday were not answered.

Folha said the company has yet to decide whether it will
recall models produced and sold between April 2008 and October
2009 or since April 2008 to the present. Toyota also agreed to
inform customers of potential dangers with the floor mats and
encourage dealers not to sell imitations, Globo reported.

According to O Globo, Brazilian consumer protection
officials complained that the floor mats posed a safety threat
by blocking accelerator pedals. Toyota will reveal details of
the recall through television, radio and newspaper
advertisements, the paper added, without giving a timetable.

(Reporting by Guillermo Parra-Bernal; Editing by Will
Dunham)

Toyota agrees to Brazil Corolla recall -newspapers