Fix for Toyota's new accelerator recall sorted out

A 2010 Toyota Tundra, one of the affected vehicles

Automotive News is reporting that a fix for Toyota’s second accelerator recall has been developed, and Toyota plants are beginning to receive them.

A Toyota spokesperson has confirmed that the company responsible for the part, CTS Corporation, has finished developing a replacement part, and some examples have been shipped to plants, although it is unknown how many have been shipped and to which plants. The plants will still most likely shut down as planned so that they can stock up on the replacement parts before they continue making the affected vehicles.

It may seem like everything will now end nicely, but there is an issue. 2.3 million cars are affected by the recall. Then you have to keep in mind that the factories need to receive replacement parts too. So they’ll need, I reckon, at least 3 million replacement parts as soon as possible, and even more in the long run. However, the output of CTS Corporation’s factory is about 2 million parts a year. So it will take them over a year just to make enough parts to cover the cars already out there, let alone the cars which are yet to be produced. Toyota’s going to have to pull off a miracle to get this recall done in a reasonable time frame.

Just as a reminder, here are the cars affected by this recall:

  • 2009-2010 Toyota RAV4
  • 2009-2010 Corolla
  • 2009-2010 Matrix
  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2007-2010 Camry
  • 2010 Highlander
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2008-2010 Sequoia

If you own any of them, contact your local dealer for details on the recall and when you’ll be able to get a replacement part. If you have high mileage, then I recommend not using the vehicle until the fix installed. Although it may be a while before that happens.

Source: Automotive News – sub. req. via Autoblog

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