ANCHORAGE - Toyota dealerships in Anchorage and Fairbanks have repaired more than 1,300 recalled vehicles.
The Kendall Auto Group told The Anchorage Daily News it has fixed at least 650 vehicles for owners in the Anchorage area, 250 in Fairbanks, plus 425 rental cars. It is gearing up to send mechanics into rural areas.
The company still lacks a complete list of Toyota customers who need the repairs around the state but it is working with the automaker on getting an exact tally, said Peter Wright, Kendall's parts and serviceadministrator.
The Anchorage Daily News talked to Toyota owners and some said they were pleased with the service and other said they are still waiting to hear about the recall to fix a sudden acceleration problem with the gas pedal.
Tom Fazzini, an Anchorage resident who owns a 2008 Toyota Tundra, is unsettled because he hasn't received any response after entering his information in the recall form posted on the Kendall Web site. "No e-mails, not even 'thanks for checking,"' he said.
Jim Prolsdorfer said he has owned four Toyotas over the past 21 years and is so impressed with the brand that he bought the Avalon sedan in mid-January, despite media reports about the recall. His Avalon was recalled a couple weeks later.
"The repair was performed promptly and without incident. I had no problems with the car before the repair nor have I had any since," Prolsdorfer said.