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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, February 6, 2010

Toyota begins gas-pedal fixes

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At Toyota-Hawaii in Mapunapuna, Steven Ho, master diagnostic technican, demostrates how to fix a sticky accelerator pedal on recalled vehicles.

REBECCA BREYER | The Honolulu Advertiser

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Lillian Malzman, 89, of Foster Village, dropped her 2010 silver Toyota Camry off at Servco Auto Honolulu in Mapunapuna today and settled into a waiting room seat in front of the large-screen TV.
“It’s a minor inconvenience,” said Malzman, who was among the first owners in Hawaiçi to respond to a nationwide recall announcement and bring her Toyota in to have the gas pedal fixed.

Malzman said she had never had any trouble with the gas pedal, but decided to err on the side of caution.
Today marked the start of a massive repair campaign by dealers nationwide and in Hawaiçi aimed at reaching the owners of more than 2 million cars — about 8,000 of them in the Aloha State.
Dealerships statewide are extending their hours in order to make the repairs as quickly as possible.
Toyota recalled 2.3 million cars in eight models, including the top-selling Camry, on Jan. 21 and stopped selling the vehicles five days later because the gas pedals can get stuck in a depressed position.
But it took until the past week for Toyota to mail parts to dealers and train technicians, making this the first weekend many Toyota owners could seek repairs.
The fix involves installing a precision cut steel reinforcement bar that will combat excess friction that can cause the gas pedal to stick.
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