Local Dealer Reacts to Toyota Recall
January 27, 2010 6:02 PM
More than two million Toyota cars and trucks are being recalled because of sticking gas pedals.
But this isn't the first recall in recent months.
A sticking gas pedal has the phone ringing at Billion Toyota in Sioux Falls.
Kirk Davis of Billion says, "The only impact we're having currently is fielding the phone calls of people who own a vehicle, wondering what they should do and we're taking care of those one at a time."
After voluntarily recalling eight Toyota models, the company made the decision to stop all sales of cars.
Some believe it's an extreme measure.
"The recall is based on such a rare instance of not necessarily a part failure, a handful of vehicles out of 3 million, " Davis said.
Customer Paula Johnson says, "They made a fairly severe decision of stopping the selling of certain cars , I mean that's a big deal so, I think it indicates that they are they're not brushing it off ."
This is the second recall Toyota has made in nearly 3 months, affecting more than 6 and a half million cars, but the general managers says he doesn't think it will affect sales.
Davis says, "I think people still believe the product is solid and safe and in fact we had a lady call in last night and was wondering to buy a Toyota or not and she decided if the company is going to be doing that then, she says 'I'm going to buy a Toyota.'"
But some customers say they will have the recalling the back of their minds the next time they are car shopping.
"I look at the history to see if they've had a lot of recalls and if a company does this fairly regularly then there's a problem," Johnson says.
As of now, there is not a fix for the sticking accelerator pedals. The Sioux Falls dealer says Toyota is working on a solution.