UPDATE: Monday, February 1 @ 8:45am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Toyota Motor Corp. is telling dealers that they should get parts to fix sticky gas pedals later this week. But the 4.2 million customers affected by a large recall may have to wait a while for repairs.
Toyota tells dealers in an e-mail sent early Monday that they will get shims to repair springs in the gas pedal systems that have been weakened. But repairs will have to wait until technicians are trained.
The e-mail was obtained by The Associated Press. The repair plan will be officially announced later Monday.
Toyota has recalled 4.2 million cars and trucks worldwide because gas pedal systems may stick. The company says the problem is rare.
Government regulators told Toyota last week that they were satisfied with the repair plan.
The recall includes the 2009-2010 RAV4, the 2009-2010 Corolla, the 2009-2010 Matrix, the 2005-2010 Avalon, the 2007-2010 Camry, the 2010 Highlander, the 2007-2010 Tundra and the 2008-2010 Sequioia.
Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman Brian Lyons says the recall is due to the vehicles' pedal mechanism becoming worn and, in some cases, stuck.
The recall comes just months after Toyota issued a larger 4.2 million-vehicle recall because of pedals getting stuck due to insecure floor mats.
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