Toyota has a solution to the sticking accelerator problem that prompted the automaker to recall 2.3 million vehicles, but there’s no word on how long it will be before consumers are able to have their car fixed. According to a report by Automotive News, CTS Corporation, which built the faulty part now has a replacement part, some of which have already been shipped to Toyota plants for use on new models.
Yesterday Toyota took the unprecedented step of halting sales and production of the affected models. It has now become apparent that Toyota was legally forced to stop selling the cars, as it did not have a replacement part available – something required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The decision to stop production was made in order to avoid a glut of cars on dealer lots while they are unable to sell their current inventory.
There’s no word on when Toyota will begin to replace the faulty mechanism on customers’ cars and according to Automotive News it may take quite a while as CTS Corporation only has the ability to produce 2 million units a year. If you’ll recall, the recall was for 2.3 million vehicles, including top sellers like the Camry, Corolla, RAV4 and Highlander. On top of this, Toyota will need new parts when it resumes production.