The Japan Times is reporting that Toyota Motor Corporation will be offering to fix the gas pedals of the 3.8 million cars involved in its floor mat recall. The recall is expected to be voluntary rather than mandated by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
According to the Times, "Toyota opted to offer to fix the gas pedals rather than issue a recall because it says the pedal's shape is not faulty."
The cost to Toyota is expected to be in the tens of billions of yen.
While helpful, I do not think this action will necessarily dampen the suspicion that something other than floor mats or the gas pedal are the root cause of the spate of sudden unintended acceleration accidents involving Toyota vehicles.
Toyota's view on the subject can be found here.
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