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Toyota expects to start making gas pedal fixes this week

Toyota dealership employee Raul Quecada marks a car in Alhambra, Calif., that is in line for a fix under the recall.

Associated Press

Toyota dealership employee Raul Quecada marks a car in Alhambra, Calif., that is in line for a fix under the recall.

DETROIT — Toyota Motor Corp. plans to start sending parts to dealers this week to fix a sticky gas pedal problem that has tarnished its image and led to the recall of 4.2 million cars and trucks on three continents, according to people briefed on the matter.

The Associated Press said it learned from two dealers that Toyota plans to reveal details of the fix Monday and that one of the dealers said he was told by a Toyota executive that the parts could arrive Thursday or Friday. AP said the dealers asked not to be identified because the plan had not been announced.

According to AP, the dealers said Toyota told them about the plan Saturday after hearing from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it did not object to the fix. AP said it also learned from a Department of Transportation official who confirmed that the government had no objections. It did not identify the official.

Toyota spokesman Mike Michels said the company got feedback from the government, but he would not say what that was or when it intends to start sending out parts. The company has said it plans to announce the fix this week, but Michels would not give an exact date.

Toyota has recalled 4.2 million vehicles worldwide since Jan. 21 because the gas pedal systems can get stuck. The company said the problem is rare and is caused by condensation that builds up in the gas pedal assembly.

The recall in the United States covers 2.3 million vehicles and involves the 2009-10 RAV4 crossover; the 2009-10 Corolla; the 2009-10 Matrix hatchback; the 2005-10 Avalon; the 2007-10 Camry; the 2010 Highlander crossover; the 2007-10 Tundra pickup; and the 2008-10 Sequoia SUV. The recall has been expanded to models in Europe and China.

Toyota also decided to halt production and stop selling the models covered by the recall until they can be repaired.

Toyota said not all the models listed in the recall have the faulty gas pedals, which were made by CTS Corp. of Elkhart, Ind. Dealers can tell which models have the CTS pedals. Models made in Japan, and some models built in the U.S., have pedal systems made by another parts supplier, Denso Corp., which function well.

Toyota expects to start making gas pedal fixes this week 01/30/10 [Last modified: Saturday, January 30, 2010 10:05pm]

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