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Autobog visits LaFontaine Toyota to find out how a recalled pedal is fixed - Click above to see the process step-by-step

Toyota has built up the most enviable reputation for quality and durability in the auto industry, but the once unassailable industry giant is now embroiled in two simultaneous recalls related to faulty accelerator pedals. The floormat pedal entrapment recall announced late last year is the company's largest ever involving over four million vehicles, but the sticking accelerator pedal recall announced on January 21st has hurt its reputation the most. The Japanese automaker announced earlier this week that it would address the more recent of the two recalls by installing a metal shim into the pedal assembly of each affected vehicle. Toyota claims this fix will reduce the amount of friction that could cause the pedal to stick in certain situations.

We wanted to know exactly how the recall fix would be performed on the 2.3 million vehicles affected, so as soon as the shims began arriving at Detroit-area Toyota dealers on Wednesday, we made arrangements to visit LaFontaine Toyota in Dearborn. Owner Mike LaFontaine Jr. and fixed operations director Todd McCallum agreed to let us check out the repair process and answer our questions. Read on after the jump to learn all about it or see the process step-by-step in our gallery.

Photos by Sam Abuelsamid / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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"Okay, let's keep the cameras in the cabin. Never mind this cable hanging out and don't pay any attention to the man behind the hood. He's not flashing the computer with a new software update because software is not the problem. Okay, look at this brake pedal... looooook at this brake pedal. Now look deep into the floorboards and repeat after me, 'Everything here looks fine. Toyota's are perfect.' Now, take this piece of paper, put your name on it and print it in your news. Don't worry, they're all different so it won't look like you all shared."

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