Toyota Motor Corp. announced further model recalls on Thursday, saying that it would spread to China and Europe after faulty accelerator pedal problems were reported.

The Japanese auto maker said it will recall an unknown number of vehicles in Europe, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Toyota is making every effort to address this situation for our customers as quickly as possible, the auto maker said in a statement.

Yesterday, the embattled company recalled eight of its most popular models in the U.S. following reported problems with the accelerators.

Last week, Toyota issued a recall for the same eight models affecting 2.3 million vehicles. That adds to an earlier recall of 4.2 million Toyota- and Lexus-branded vehicles that were reported of having problems with the pedals' getting trapped by floor mats.

David Strickland, the new chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said Toyota had consulted with regulators before making its move to halt sales and production on the eight models.

Toyota's decision was an aggressive one, and one that was the legally and morally correct thing to do, he said.