PSA Peugeot Citroen Recalls 97,000 Cars

Concerned about models constructed jointly with Toyota

The French auto group PSA Peugeot Citroen said Feb. 1 it would recall 97,000 Peugeot 107s and Citroen C1s made in a Czech factory it shares with Toyota.

PSA said the recall concerned cars "made in a factory shared" with Toyota in the Czech Republic and concerned "models constructed jointly."

It said the recall was a precautionary measure and affected European car owners who would be informed of the problem by mail.

"The biggest sales (of the cars concerned) in the largest countries," a PSA spokesman said, naming Germany, Britain, Italy and Spain.

In France, some 15,400 vehicles are affected by the recall.

Both models are produced in the TPCA (Toyota Peugeot Citroen Automobile) plant, a joint venture which assembles around 200,000 Peugeot and Citroen cars every year alongside Toyota Aygo vehicles.

The compact models are exclusively produced in the plant in Kolin, 35 miles east of Prague and are chiefly destined for European markets, the PSA spokesman said.

Developed by Toyota, the Peugeot 107, the Citroen C1 and the Aygo are essentially the same car with styling and fitment difference.

PSA has no other joint ventures with Toyota.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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