Toyota pedal fix reaching dealers, more problems could be ahead


by Adrianna Hopkins

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 4 at 12:50 AM

The parts to fix Toyota gas pedals are at, or on their way to dealerships. But drivers won't be able to get repairs this week.

"I just have to pray to the good Lord everyday that my accelarator doesn't get stuck," said Toyota Camry owner, MJ Smyzer.

And with good reason. Over the last six years, there's been report after report of deaths and accidents linked to runaway Toyotas.

And Toyota's recall on several models which have a faulty pedal has consumers concerned.

Dealers should have recieved parts to fix the problem Wednesday or will recieve the parts by Thursday. But if you own a recalled Toyota it's still too soon to get your car fixed. First the mechanics have to be trained. So many dealerships are saying, 'maybe next week.'

"We'll get customer in out as quick as we can," said one Toyota dealer.

And then there's the confusion from Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. First it was, "don't drive and take your car to a dealer."
Then came a clarification, "get your car fixed as soon as possible."

Meantime, Toyota is doing massive damage control, promising that a metal plate behind the gas pedal will fix the problem.

"It's a lot of detail that goes into all this. We've been upfront. We're taking care of customers right now. What's most important is that our customers know there is a fix. They're going to be able to get their cars repaired this week," said Toyota USA Inc. President Jim Lentz.

Federal investigators are looking into reports that some kind of electronic or computer glitch is behind the faulty pedals. Toyota says, that's not the case.

If you thought you were in the clear on this recall... hold on. Toyota is now checking into brake problems on its latest Prius Hybrid. Toyota says it's received 14 complaints from customers who claim they are having brake problems. The Prius is the world's best selling hybrid.