Toyota has now laid out a plan for its massive recall to fix a sticking accelerator problem. The company has announced that dealers would begin receiving replacement parts as early as Tuesday (today) and that production in its North American plants would resume next week.
Toyota has had to halt production at six North American plants to deal with the fix and has had to issue a recall of eight model year cars and trucks.
But the problem was not limited to North American market vehicles. The recall now affects about 4.2 million vehicles around the world, with 2.3 million cars recalled in North America alone.
Vehicles affected include the 2009-2010 RAV4 and Corolla models, the Avalon dating back to 2005, some Camry models from 2007 onward, as well as the 2007-2010 Tundra pickup truck and the 2008 onward full-sized Sequoia SUV.
The fix involves reducing friction created over time that has, in some cases, made for a sticky accelerator pedal. A steel reinforcement bar will be installed to reduce the tension between a "friction shoe" and the surfaces it comes into contact with.
Toyota has definitely taken a hit in recent days to one of its most prized assets - namely, it's reputation for quality. Jim Lentz, president and chief operating officer at Toyota Motor Sales USA has had to make public appearances to quell growing concerns over the safety of Toyota vehicles. Appearing on the Today Show in the U.S., Lenz said that members of his family drive Toyotas and that he wouldn't let them if he thought they weren't safe.
Lenz has also said that he wishes to "sincerely apologize to Toyota owners."