Toyota dealer repairing recalled vehicles

Vehicles are lined up at Milton Ruben Toyota on Washington Road.

Recall repairs are under way at one Augusta-area Toyota dealer.

Milton Ruben Toyota reported tonight that about 50 Toyota owners have brought in recall letters to schedule service.

Toyota sent letters Monday to customers who bought vehicles affected by two recalls.

The Japanese automaker is recalling about 8.5 million vehicles globally over floor mats that can trap gas pedals, sticking gas pedals and brake problems.

Technicians at the Washington Road dealership have been working on both the accelerator-pedal and floor-mat issues involved in that recall of some Toyota cars and trucks.

According to the dealership, it takes about 90 minutes to reshape and modify accelerator pedals to solve the floor mat problem. The sticking accelerator pedal takes only 30 minutes to resolve.

Milton Ruben reports that none of the customers arriving for service actually encountered any of the problems that prompted the recall.

The dealership reported last week that it would not work on for-sale cars on its lot until customers had received repairs. The automaker has prohibited the sale of recalled vehicles until they've been repaired.

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