Toyota say it will replace accelerator pedals on about 4 million recalled vehicles in the U.S.
That's because they can get stuck in the floor mats. Toyota says dealers will offer to shorten the length of the gas pedals by about 3/4 inch beginning in January. That's a stopgap measure while the company develops replacement pedals for their vehicles. New pedals will be installed by dealers on a rolling basis beginning in April, and some vehicles will have brake override systems installed as a precaution.
Toyota announced the massive recall in late September.
Popular vehicles such as the Toyota Camry, the top-selling passenger car in America, and the Toyota Prius, the best-selling gas-electric hybrid, are among those getting fixed. The recall also included the luxury Lexus ES350, the vehicle in a fiery deadly accident in California that focused public attention on the danger.
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