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Flutter on failings: now bookies join in the act

"When sorrows come, they come not single spies,
But in battalions." Hamlet, Act IV, scene V

As if the woes heaped on Toyota right now by every media outlet around the world and their blog wasn't enough, the bookies are getting in on the act too.

Irish bookmaker Paddy Power are offering odds on the next international car brand, after Toyota, to issue a recall in excess of 100,000 units.

It makes Toyota their odds-on 1/3 favourite to be first to announce another recall after the Prius.

The luxury vehicle division of Toyota, Lexus, is the 2/1 second favourite followed by Volvo and Audi and longer odds of 12/1 and 14/1 respectively.

Punters believe Czech Republic car manufacturer Skoda is the least likely to be forced to recall their cars and is the 66/1 outsider in the betting.

Paddy Power said: “Ninety per cent of bets placed so far predict that Toyota will come a cropper again, but with rumours circulating about a similar braking fault on the new Lexus hybrid I think the 2/1 about Lexus could be the value bet.”

Why not save your money and keep your fingers crossed that this massive global company - with no small investment in the UK both in manufacturing and its dealer network - pulls out of this PR disaster with its respectability rebuilt/intact?

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