Toyota Motor Corp on Monday announced a fix for about 2.4 million of its eight most popular models involved in a safety recall and sales and production suspension.

A precision-cut steel reinforcement bar will be installed at Toyota U.S. dealerships later this week. The smooth rollout of the fix could lead to a resumption of sales of models including its biggest seller Camry by the third week of February, sources said on Friday.

Sales of the models were suspended January 26, and production of the same models at U.S. and Canadian plants stopped today. The production suspension will last at least this week, Toyota has said.

Toyota said it had tested the remedy for the recalled vehicles.

Nothing is more important to us than the safety and reliability of the vehicles our customers drive, said Jim Lentz, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.

We deeply regret the concern that our recalls have caused for our customers, and we are doing everything we can -- as fast as we can -- to make things right.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn.)