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Taxis recalled over engine fears

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Around 1,000 extra black cabs are to be taken off London's roads after a spate of under-bonnet fires resulted in serious safety concerns.

London Taxis International (LTI), which is based in Coventry, has already recalled about 500 of the TX4 "56" registration vehicles. However, LTI has now announced that it is recalling the entire range of cars at a cost of £4 million.

The problem is being investigated by Italian company VM Motori, which makes the TX4 engine, engineering firm Ricardo along with independent fire investigators.

They believe the fault could be solved by adjusting the cabs' emission control equipment, heat management system and under-bonnet insulation.

Manganese Bronze, the company that owns LTI, is talking to insurers and suppliers in a bid to identify liability and recover some of its costs. It may also face additional claims for driver compensation for the period that the vehicles were off the road.

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