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Feb 3, 2010 12:21 AM by Ariel Wesler

Parts should arrive this week for local Toyota dealers

The general manager at Santa Maria Toyota says replacement parts for faulty gas pedals should arrive as early as tomorrow. He says wear and tear on a metal plate inside the pedal mechanics was causing it to stick. Toyota is installing a reinforcement that will act as a spring mechanism to prevent the pedal from sticking.

The dealership says Toyota has plenty of parts available. The service center plans to keep extended hours to take care of all the recalled vehicles. The general manager hopes to begin selling some of the popular recalled vehicles, such as the Camry and Corolla, in the next couple of weeks.

With millions of Toyota vehicles recalled due to safety concerns over sudden acceleration, engineering experts at Consumer Reports do have advice to keep you safe should you run into acceleration problems.

1) Press hard on the brake.

2) Shift into neutral. The car will come to a stop and the engine will rev.

3) Once the car stops, shut off the engine.

Consumers Reports recommends practicing these steps in a safe location.

Toyota said Monday dealers should get parts to fix the gas pedal problem by the end of the week. The federal government is also launching its own investigation into Toyota's acceleration issues.


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