Some details have been revealed on what the fix for Toyota’s accelerator problem may be.
Toyota may be shortening the accelerator pedals, so that they don’t touch the floor mats in the event that they slide towards the accelerator. The fix dealerships were offering before was simply tying down the floor mats, but that didn’t look good and wasn’t really very professional. This will look much better, still be free, but will involve returning your car to Toyota for some time.
Toyota is still discussing this with the NHSTA and developing different remedies, so the final fix may be something else. They have already set aside $5 million for this recall, and still have the rest of their $5.6 billion slush fund if more money is needed. As for Canada, Toyota has not sent out any notices to Canadian owners of affected cars yet. They are still conducting a review with Transport Canada. Toyota Canada has issued an alert on their website though.
Just to recap, the affected cars are: The 2007-2010 Camry, 2005-2010 Avalon, 2004-2009 Prius, 2005-2010 Tacoma, 2007-2010 Tundra, 2006-2010 Lexus IS250 and IS350 and 2007-2010 ES350.
If you own one of these cars, the best thing to do would be to remove the drivers floor mat and contact your dealership about it.
Source: Inside Line | Image Credit: Toyota