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Toyota Dealers Prepare To Repair Recalls

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Dealerships like this Toyota Auto Mall in Rockville, Maryland will soon begin to repair recalled vehicles.
Elliot Francis
Dealerships like this Toyota Auto Mall in Rockville, Maryland will soon begin to repair recalled vehicles.

By Elliott Francis

As Toyota details a plan to recall and repair defective accelerator pedals in many of its models, local owners and dealers are working on what to do next.

The repair parts are expected to arrive in dealerships and repair shops later this week. If your car is recalled, you may still have to wait a few days until technicians are trained to make the repair says Jack Fitzgerald, President of Fitzgerald Toyota in Rockville, Maryland.

"I may want them to practice on some of the cars we already have before we turn them loose on the customers to make sure they know exactly what they're doing...," says Fitzgerald.

4-million Toyotas have been recalled to correct a flaw which could cause the accelerator to stick, yet some motorists ignore the recall. Glenn Marvin owns a car on the recall list but will not get it repaired.

"I had a sticky accelerator once on a Chevrolet and they had a recall on it but I never bothered taking it in," says Marvin.

Fitzgerald disagrees...

"I believe that less than half the people are getting them done. There's a reason for a recall, and we should all get them done," he says.

Owners of cars on the recall list will be notified by phone or email.

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