We're about to see whether Toyota really does have a handle on its gas pedal problem.
My next-door neighbhor didn't drive his Toyata Tundra to work today. The truck is among the Toyota models on a recall list for faulty accelerator pedals and an earlier floor mat problem. Similar problems have surfaced in the past with the Tundra.
We'll keep an eye on my neighbor's Tundra to see how long it takes Toyota to replace the accelerator pedal assembly based on a fix announced on Monday (Feb. 1).
Toyota is vehemently denying suggestions that the accelerator pedal problem is anything more than mechnical. Reports have been surfacing in recent days of wider problems with Toyota auto electronics. Again, Toyota executives dismiss these reports, saying that their fix will solve the gas pedal problem.
Time will tell.
Our former colleague, Charles J. Murray, addressed some of the auto electronics issues raised by Toyota's stuck gas pedal nightmare, including its throttle-by-wire systems and possible software fixes.
In the meantime, one blogger is cautioning Toyota owners to resist the temptation to trade in their suspect vehicles, suggesting instead that they focus on getting their Toyota fixed.