Toyota plants in North America are preparing to receive replacements for the faulty accelerator pedal mechanisms that have prompted the recent wave of massive recalls and suspended sales across the brand. Following the sales halt, five North American plants will experience a production shutdown so that they can fix the accelerator pedals, which are prone to sticking.
“The countermeasure pedal is now available from the supplier,” a source close to Toyota said. “We are now in the transition period. It’s just a matter of time in getting the parts to the plants.”
A Toyota spokesperson said that the supplier has developed the mechanism already, but to what extent it has been distributed is unclear.
A person answering the phone for CTS, the company that manufactured the faulty parts, declined to comment on the situation.
The initial halt in production will be from Feb. 1 to Feb. 5. Fixing vehicles already in the field however, presents a problematic situation, as that would require some 2 million pedals, which is more than the company can produce in a year. Toyota is also considering expanding the recall to Europe and China.
-By: Stephen Calogera
Source: Automotive News