Toyota knows how to fix the sticking gas pedals, says today’s Nikkei [sub]. Nobody will go publicly on record, and nothing will be announced before the NHTSA has approved the fix.
According to the Nikkei, Toyota applied for NHTSA approval for a “selective spacer,” or shim that would be inserted into the gas-pedal assembly of the affected cars. The shim would increase the tension in an internal spring and should prevent the accelerator from remaining in a depressed position, say Nikkei’s sources.
Once approval is received, production of the shim could begin in a week, and dealers would have their parts a week later. If it really comes down to a shim, there are machines that spit out gadzillions in the blink of an eye.
Until the NHTSA has given its approval, nobody at Toyota will break cover. “We have got some options that are going to address the issue,” said Toyota spokesman Mike Goss. “I can’t confirm what the fix is.”
Both CTS, the supplier that makes the gas pedal units for Toyota, and Toyota itself said no electronics are at fault.