By Drew Johnson
Friday, Jan 29th, 2010 @ 2:02 pm
Toyota has reportedly designed a new accelerator pedal to replace the defective unit that prompted a 2.3 million vehicle recall here in the U.S., but the Japanese automaker is still facing a huge problem. Although a fix may be in hand, Toyota only has the capacity to produce 2 million units of the new part per year, meaning the recall could drag on for the next several months.

However, according to Automotive News, Toyota has designed a quick fix, allowing dealers to resume sales of those vehicle involved in the massive recall.

The fix involves placing a metal shim in a gap in the accelerator mechanism. Although not intended as a long-term solution, the metal shim is said to prevent the accelerator's parts from becoming worn. Premature wearing of the accelerator mechanism was the reason for the recall.

"As early as next week, we will have some guidance for dealers,"ť an inside source told Automotive News. "We are still trying to solve a few technical issues."ť

Although the shim solution could hit dealers as early as next week, Toyota hasn't committed to when a dealer solution might be available.

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