Toyota's recalled pedal assembly close-up – Click above for high-res image gallery
That's right, more ThrottleGate! Even though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) doesn't have to approve Toyota's solution to fix its recalled gas pedals, the NHTSA could offer up an objection. 2.3 million Toyota cars and trucks have been affected by the pedal recall in the U.S., with other pedals being recalled in other cars around the world.
Since Toyota's remedy is not being challenged, this gives the green light for the Japanese car-building giant to resume production of the eight vehicles halted by the recall. The target date for this is February 8. Additionally, Toyota dealers should be able to resume selling the eight prohibited models, including the hottest-selling Camry and Corolla, one they get the parts. And finally, NHTSA says that customers who receive a fixed pedal now will be eligible for a new pedal once said pedals reach dealerships. We're not sure if Toyota's down with that claim, though company president Jim Lentz did indicate that customers could work with dealers on a case-by-case basis if they want an all-new pedal instead of the fix.
[Source: Automotive News - sub. req. | Images: Adam Morath – AOL Autos]