A small fix for a big problem: The tiny metal piece that will save Toyota

Yes, that is the tiny piece of metal that will save Toyota, or at least its customers, from the sticky gas pedal issue in 2.3 million vehicles.

Earlier this week Toyota released a statement outlining how it will fix the sticky gas pedal issue. The Japanese automaker said:

“A precision-cut steel reinforcement bar will be installed into the assembly that will reduce the surface tension between the friction shoe and the adjoining surface. With this reinforcement in place, the excess friction that can cause the pedal to stick is eliminated.”

The picture you see above is the “precision-cut steel reinforcement bar” Toyota is talking about.

“Something like this here, easiest fix ever,” said Stephen Oranellas, a mechanic at a Toyota dealership Norwood. “It’s a very small fix for a big problem.”

Toyota began shipping the metal stamp looking “reinforcement bar” to dealerships earlier this week. The company has not yet decided on a solution for the earlier floor mat entrapment recall, which now affects 5.75 million cars.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Boston Overdrive (via KickingTires)