Toyota dealers on Central Coast prepare to make many pedal repairs

The two area Toyota dealers are preparing for hordes of cars to be brought in for repairs under the company’s voluntary recall.

Toyota of Santa Maria announced Thursday that it has received the parts it needs to make repairs.The automaker is expected to send letters to owners of affected vehicles soon, according to dealership general manager Carl Deriso.

The dealership will also be holding safety clinics each Saturday, beginning this week, he added.

With a free barbecue to entice Toyota owners, Deriso announced that the dealership’s service department is extending hours to inspect vehicles and answer recall or other safety-related questions.

At San Luis Obispo’s Toyota dealership, an employee who would not give his name said the business has not had to extend hours for fixing the pedals because the repair is a “quick fix.”He added that the dealership would extend its hours if needed.

The dealership’s service manager told a Tribune reporter who brought in her car for a recall-related repair that he estimated about two dozen cars had been fixed there from Wednesday to Thursday.