Toyota recall hits local dealers

A recall of Toyota vehicles due to sticking gas pedals has local dealers rushing to move faulty vehicles and handle questions.

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Toyota issued a voluntary recall for several of its late-model lines due to sticking gas pedals. The recall, which also came with a production halt and sales suspension, is costing the world’s largest automaker millions of dollars a day in lost sales.

Locally, dealers are moving affected vehicles to the back of the lots and trying to handle the flood of questions from concerned customers.

At Wilsonville Toyota, owner Dave Jachter said his staff moved 108 affected vehicles to the back of the sales lot after hearing the recall news Wednesday. Nearly 31 percent of the dealership’s inventory can’t be sold, at least temporarily.

In three years of business, one customer has reported a sticking accelerator, Jachter said, out of 5,000 cars and trucks sold during that time. When the customer brought the Tundra pickup in for a repair appointment, about six months ago, mechanics couldn’t duplicate the problem and took no action, he said.

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