Toyota Motor Co., has announced it has developed the way to repair faulty gas pedals in millions of recalled vehicles and has begun shipping new parts to dealers to fix millions of affected cars. The repair includes reinforcing the pedal assembly to eliminate the excess friction that caused pedals to stick..
Toyota recalled 2.3 million vehicles in the United States with the potential sticking accelerator issue.
“We know what’s causing the sticking accelerator pedals, and we know what we have to do to fix it,” said Jim Lentz, Toyota’s president and chief operating officer, in a statement.
Toyota dealerships will work extended hours, some 24 hours a day, to repair the recalled vehicles.
Toyota will begin contacting customers as early as this week to let them know when to bring in their vehicles for repair. The automaker said it will cover all costs related to the fix, which will take about 30 minutes.
“It’s not clear how long it will take to fix all 2.3 million cars,” Lentz told CNNMoney.com.
The fix involves installing a precision-cut steel reinforcement bar into the accelerator pedal assembly, which will reduce surface tension and prevent the friction that has caused the pedals to stick.
The company said it has confirmed the effectiveness of the newly reinforced pedals through “rigorous testing” on pedal assemblies that had previously shown a tendency to stick.
The recall affects Toyota’s 2009-2010 RAV4, Corolla and Matrix; 2005-2010 Avalon; certain non-hybrid 2007-2010 Camrys; 2010 Highlander; 2007-2010 Tundra and the 2008-2010 Sequoia.