Toyota Announces Accelerator Pedal Recall Repair
UPDATED: We have more details on today’s announcement.
Sources at Toyota’s sales division have told us to expect a major announcement from Toyota today that details the official unintended acceleration recall repair. As we reported last week (a full two days before the Automotive News made a similar report), the fix will be a type of shim that will prevent the pedal mechanism from getting hung up on the friction pad inside the accelerator assembly.
This shim will be a quick, easy fix, and according to Toyota dealers we’ve spoken with, parts will begin arriving as soon as the middle of the week. While Toyota has yet to detail the order that vehicles will be repaired in, here’s what we’ve learned so far:
1. Dealers will fix the brand-new cars first. Toyota has to start selling their new cars again – partially so they can start making money, and partially because re-starting sales will get this news off the front page.
2. Toyota is advising customers with sticking or “slow to return” pedals to contact their dealer for an inspection. Depending on the results of the inspection, your local dealer may or may not perform the recall immediately.
3. All Toyota owners will receive recall notices in waves. Toyota will send out recall notice letters in batches, but it seems like this is going to be a wasted effort. Toyota’s advice to “schedule an inspection” all but assures that dealers will be overwhelmed with customers.
4. The recall will take 30-60 days to complete. We’ve been told that Toyota has produced in excess of 1 million shims over the last 10 days, so the bottleneck in repairs isn’t going to be due to a lack of parts. The issue will be dealers being able to get all the work done.
Toyota Dealers Vow To Work Day and Night
More than one dealer we spoke to plans to operate their service department for extended hours in order to try and repair as many vehicles as possible. While this sacrifice is noteworthy – and will be much appreciated by Toyota and consumers alike – it’s important to note that Toyota dealers stand to make a small fortune performing this repair. We don’t know what the labor time will be, but most dealers expect to have a profitable month as a result of performing hundreds or thousands of recall repairs.
More info on the repair:
Toyota has pinpointed the issue that could, on rare occasions, cause accelerator pedals in recalled vehicles to stick in a partially open position.
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