Tundra Recall Update: Toyota Begins Fixing Faulty Accelerator Pedal Assemblies

February 2, 2010

Toyota is responding to its gas pedal recall frenzy and public relations freefall with lightning speed.

Bengt Halvorson over at our flagship blog The Car Connection recently posted on the fix that Toyota is rapidly implementing for potentially sticking accelerator pedal assemblies in millions of recalled vehicles, including select model years of the Toyota Tundra pickup. Starting this past weekend, Toyota dealers began implementing the repair for the affected gas pedals. Halvorson indicated that Toyota considers its response with a fix to this gas pedal-related issue in under two weeks after its recall announcement represents one of the shortest ever response times for this type of recall.

The fix that dealers are implementing, unrelated to the improperly placed or sized floor mats addressed in around four million Toyota vehicles under an earlier recall, involves putting a steel reinforcement bar under the gas pedal. Apparently, this fix will eliminate the potential moisture and humidity-related surface tension issue that is behind the reports of pedals getting stuck or being slow to return.

Halvorson stated that instead of rust or mechanical resistance resulting in sticking pedals, the culprit is surface tension from the collection of moisture on certain surfaces in the pedal assembly. This elusive problem was reported to be a bear for Toyota engineers to duplicate due to its dependence on just the right, or wrong in this case, conditions of temperature, moisture, and humidity that result in the sticking or slow return of the pedals.

In order to try to brake the company's speed in its downward spiral of negative media coverage, Toyota's North American COO Jim Lentz has been all over the news. Lentz is doing his best to assure Toyota customers that the company will correct the problem.

Stay tuned to AllPickupTrucks.com as we endeavor to keep you up to date on the latest recall related news.

[Source: The Car Connection]

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