The US Department of Transportation has said that the Obama administration is satisfied with Toyota”s plan to address their recent recalls, after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reviewed the company”s plan to address the issue.
Toyota started shipping the new parts dealers yesterday, and plans to resume production of the eight suspended models on February 8.
NHTSA approval is not required in Toyota”s approach, though the administration may object should they find the manufacturer”s approach inadequate. They also said that owners who decide to receive a fix now at dealerships may later receive a new pedal when they become available. “Owners of affected Toyota vehicles should contact their local dealer immediately and exercise caution until repairs can be made,” a statement from the administration said.
Though Toyota seems to be in the clear as far as the NHTSA is concerned, CTS Corp., the manufacturer of the faulty pedals is under investigation to determine if “˜proper and timely notice” has been given to consumers. The NHTSA also wants to determine whether other carmakers who may have used CTS accelerator assemblies are in line for recalls.
-By: Stephen Calogera
Source: Automotive News