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Servco Repairs Sticky Toyota Pedals

Published On: Feb 06 2010 05:30:20 AM HST
Updated On: Feb 06 2010 05:37:52 AM HST
HONOLULU -

Technicians at the Servco Pacific service station in Mapunapuna Plaza are repairing Toyotas with sticky gas pedals.

The vehicles are part of a massive recall that has garnered global attention.

"What Toyota engineers have found (is), in very rare instances, over time there is a possibility it can cause excess friction," said Thor Toma, director of sales for Toyota, of the defect.

According to Toma, the pedals can become stuck. On Saturday, however, Toyota officials said a steel bar reinforcement will fix the problem.

"(A technician will) go ahead and measure the pedal, making sure the reinforcement bar is properly seeded and installed and that there is no excess friction," said Toma.

The steel bars fit directly into the pedals and the entire procedure is checked electronically to ensure the fix is effective.

Toyota is also extending its hours at nine local service stations to help expedite the fix for consumers.

KITV spoke with consumers who said they remain loyal to Toyota despite the recall.

"I've never had a problem with them," said Chris Rodman, a Toyota owner, who added that he felt the recall was "not a big deal."

Toyota officials said the faulty gas pedals have not been linked to any accidents in Hawaii, but some owners said they are still concerned.

"I wish I didn't buy a Corolla," said Laurie Rivera. "Who knows what can happen? I don't feel as safe as I used to in my car."

Mark Fukunaga, chairman and CEO of Servco, said it's concerns like Rivera's that will keep them working to help drivers feel comfortable and secure.

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