Local Toyota Dealer Starts Repairing Gas Pedals

By Al Pefley  email

North Palm Beach, FL (WFLX)

Relief may be in sight for Toyota drivers, worried about their gas pedals.

Earl Stewart Toyota started repairing customers' cars around 3 Wednesday afternoon after getting their first shipment of parts.

They are replacing a metal shim on the gas pedals of various Toyota cars and trucks.

Toyota has recalled 2.3 million vehicles because the gas pedal can stick, causing the car to accelerate unexpectedly.

The repair is free, and will take about 20 minutes.

One of the first customers who brought in her car to get it fixed was an 89 year old grandmother from Jupiter.

"I'm nervous about it because I don't want to lose control of my car when I'm driving and I think they're handling it very well so far. I really don't want to feel apprehensive about it, so I was anxious to get it taken care of," said Judith Roseman of Jupiter, owner of a 2007 Avalon.

The dealership says they normally stay open for service until 7 on weeknights, but they will stay as long as it takes until the last customer leaves.

They have enough parts to fix the gas pedals on 500 vehicles.

Meanwhile, a local attorney has just filed a class action lawsuit against Toyota in federal court in West Palm Beach, because of the gas pedal issue.

The lawsuit seeks in excess of $5 million dollars damages.