Toyota has found a fix for its sticky gas pedals, but it could take days before Wilmington's Toyota dealership receives its shipment.
Toyota of Wilmington's general manager estimates that at least 3,000 cars sold by his dealership have been affected by the recall, but the dealership is prepared to make the proper safety changes.
The Japanese automaker is in the processing of shipping out the necessary supplies to dealers. After the halt of production and sales and a recall of more than two-million cars nationwide, Toyota is ready the get the wheels rolling on eight of its models.
The problem? Sticky gas pedals. The solution? A metal spacer that is supposed to give the pedal the needed free action to make sure it returns properly. Toyota of Wilmington is getting ready to make the necessary repairs this week.
"Our biggest fear, frankly, is to have a bunch of people show up at one time unannounced, and then we don't have the human resources to get it repaired," Toyota of Wilmington GM Gary Futrell said. "Rather than them being in and out and having a pleasant experience, as pleasant as this can be, to be stuck here for two or three hours waiting for their turn, that's exactly what we are trying to avoid."
Beginning Friday Toyota of Wilmington will extend its hours. It will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Futrell said his dealership should have the proper parts by Friday at the latest. Futrell strongly suggests Toyota owners make an appointment if you think your vehicle needs to be fixed. You can contact your local dealership via phone or e-mail to make an appointment.