Reports: Toyota will replace gas pedals
If you're one of the millions of Toyota owners who have followed the automaker's instructions to take your vehicle in to a dealer to fix a sticky gas pedal and you're still unhappy, then Toyota will give you a new gas pedal, the Associated Press and the New York Times are reporting.
Quoting from the AP story:
"A replacement pedal should only be offered to a customer after the reinforcement bar has been installed and the customer has expressed dissatisfaction with the operation and/or feel of the pedal," Toyota said in a memo to dealers, service managers and parts managers.
The memo, dated February 2010, said the pedal replacement "is based upon specific customer request only. Dealers are not to solicit pedal replacement."
Toyota has recalled some 6 million vehicles since last fall for sticking gas pedals and possible floor-mat entrapment of the pedals. There have been a number of complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from drivers who have complained of sticking pedals and runaway acceleration even after the recall fixes have been performed on their vehicles. So Toyota is now offering to switch out the whole pedal.
Toyota has maintained all along that the problems it is suffering are mechanical in nature, not electronic.
But today, CNN has published a memo it obtained from 2002 from Toyota to its dealers saying drivers were complaining about surging acceleration and recommending adjustments to an electronic control unit to fix the problem.
Quoting from the CNN story:
"Some 2002 model year Camry vehicles may exhibit a surging during light throttle input at speeds between 38-42 mph," the bulletin states. "The Engine Control Module (ECM) calibration has been revised to correct this condition."
You can see the Toyota memo by clicking here.
The memo was given to CNN by Tim Howard, a Northeastern University law professor who heads a legal group seeking a nationwide class-action lawsuit against Toyota.
In a statement to CNN, Toyota said: "Toyota strongly disputes these completely baseless allegations being driven by plaintiff's attorneys like Mr. Howard. Toyota intends to fight against these unfounded claims vigorously."
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March 23, 2010; 1:43 PM ET
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