Toyota to fix accelerator problem

Toyota has apologised to its customers and said it is set to fix the accelerator pedal problem that led to the worldwide recall of millions of vehicles.

The Japanese car giant carried out rigorous tests to find a solution to the excess friction between two pieces of the accelerator mechanism that left the pedal stuck in the depressed position in rare instances.

It found installing a piece of steel about the size of a postage stamp in the pedal assembly, behind the top of the accelerator, could solve the problem.

Toyota said that the repair programme will just take 30 minutes and would be rolled out within a few days in the US, where it recalled 2.3 million cars, including some of its best-selling models, such as the Camry and Corolla.

Car owners would be informed about the programme by post and asked to make appointments with their dealers. Cars already on the road will be given priority, the company said.

Earlier Toyota had recalled million more cars because of floor mats that can catch the accelerator pedal.

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