TOYOTA RECALL

Toyota says new gas pedals are en route to dealers

Friday, January 29, 2010 - 10:18pm

DETROIT (AP) - Toyota says it has begun shipping gas pedal parts to its dealers for use in fixing the millions of cars and trucks recalled because of accelerators that could become stuck.

Company spokesman Brian Lyons says he doesn't know when the parts will arrive or how long it will take the automaker to complete repairs on the vehicles covered by the recall. He says Toyota has not yet decided whether to repair the accelerators or replace them altogether.

Lyons says Toyota will release details sometime next week about how it intends to solve the problem. Until today, Toyota had been sending the components to its factories, angering some dealers who have not had parts to repair their customers' cars since the recall was announced on Jan. 21.

But Lyons vehemently denied any suggestion that factories were being given priority over dealerships. Also, Toyota has told its employees it's buying full-page ads Sunday in 20 major newspapers to reassure customers.

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