Toyota Motor (TM) announced Monday that it has begun shipping parts to its dealers to fix 2.3 million recalled cars with “sticky” accelerators and that it will begin sending letters to owners of the affected vehicles later this week. Many dealers will stay open extended hours, some around the clock, to repair the cars, the company said. “Toyota’s engineers have developed and rigorously tested a solution that involves reinforcing the pedal assembly in a manner that eliminates the excess friction that has caused the pedals to stick in rare instances,” the company said in a written statement.
The “simple” fix involves installing a steel reinforcement bar to prevent friction between accelerator parts. The federal government OK’d the fix last week.