Toyota to Send Repair Kits to U.S. Dealers, Open for Longer Hours

February 1, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-The Toyota Motor Corp. announced today that the company was already shipping out a fix for the sticky gas pedal defect affecting millions of its vehicles. The dangerous sticky pedal problem resulted in a massive recall, forcing Toyota to take the unprecedented step of temporarily blocking the sale of eight models that are subjected to the recall. Toyota said that U.S. dealers will stay open for longer hours, to enable the repair of customers’ vehicles as quickly as possible. Toyota is also deploying representatives to U.S. dealers, as early as Tuesday to train mechanics in how to repair the gas pedals.

Jim Lentz, president and chief operating officer of U.S. Toyota, said “We are truly sorry for what has happened. “We are confident we have identified the causes” of the reports of sudden acceleration, which are misaligned floor mats and sticky accelerator pedals,” said Letz. “These two fixes solve the issues that we know of,” added Lentz.

The fix for the sticky pedal problem involves inserting a steel reinforcement bar, which should reduce the friction that causes the pedal to stick. Toyota said it has “thoroughly tested” the fix.

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