Toyota moves forward

Repairs on recalled Toyota vehicles in the Portland area are about halfway through.

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Toyota sales are up in the Portland area while 52% of sticky accelerators have been repaired, while 40% of Toyotas with floor-mat issues have also been fixed.

Toyota sales in the region from Jan. 1 to March 22 were also up 91% over the same period last year, despite sales being halted earlier this year to handle the recalls.

Don Esmond, Toyota Division senior vice president, spent the day in Portland thanking dealers, checking in on the their progress with recalls and answering questions.

“Did we stumble? Yes, but we didn’t fall flat on our face,” Esmond said. “Now it’s the time where we need to get back to business.”

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