Toyota Motor Corp said on Monday it will resume North American production of eight vehicle models involved in a massive safety recall on February 8, after a one-week shutdown.
Toyota can restart the production of the eight models recalled due to faulty accelerator pedals since it now has an adequate supply of complete pedals for urgent customer needs, the company said in an email to Reuters.
Since we now have an adequate supply of complete pedals for urgent customer needs and non-repairable pedals, as well as rapid deployment of repair parts, we plan to resume (production) February 8, Toyota spokesman Mike Michels said in the email.
Toyota announced last week that it would halt production of its most popular models, including the Camry and Corolla sedans, in the week of February 1 because of the pedal problem.
Most of the 2.3 million recalled vehicles plus about 120,000 at dealerships will get repairs to pedals that involve a metal spacer. Some will get newly designed pedals, which will also go into new cars and trucks once production resumes.
(Reporting by Bernie Woodall and Soyoung Kim, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)