DETROIT - Toyota has begun shipping parts to fix the faulty gas pedals that led to a still-expanding recall and an unprecedented decision to stop selling and building some of its top-selling models, but it still could not say Thursday when millions of its drivers would get their cars fixed.
The world's largest automaker, bleeding millions of dollars a day in lost sales, also declined to say where the parts are going - to plants so production can start again or to dealers so they can start fixing cars sitting in their showrooms or already on the road.
Amid the uncertainty, the recall grew wider. Toyota expanded the recall beyond an initial 2.3 million vehicles and said it would recall an untold number in Europe and about 75,000 in China because of bad gas pedals that can become stuck.
The recall even spread beyond Toyota. Ford Motor Co. stopped production of some full-size commercial vehicles built by a Chinese joint venture because they have accelerators built by the same parts supplier as in the Toyota recall.
Separately, Toyota recalled 1.1 million more vehicles this week because of floor mats that can bend and hold down the gas pedal.
House lawmakers, meanwhile, said they intend to hold a hearing Feb. 25 to review complaints of sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles.