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Toyota announces plan to fix accelerator pedals

   2010 Toyota Avalon, one of the affected vehicles.

A week after the company was forced to halt production of eight models due to a recall concerning sticking accelerator pedals, Toyota announced today that it will began shipping the parts necessary for the repair, as well as training technicians on how to make the fix.

The recall affects 4.2 million vehicles, and Toyota dealers say they will stay open late if necessary in order to perform the repairs. The repairs will be free of charge to the consumer and take about 30 minutes.

Sticking accelerator pedals may not return to the idle position on certain Toyota models, which could cause unintended acceleration, although Toyota says the occurrence is rare.

An Associated Press report in today's Chicago Tribune suggests that dealers will be unable to begin the repairs until the parts arrive and the technicians receive proper training.

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