Toyota Recalls More Than a Half Million Vehicles
Affected Toyota Camry models are from the 2009 model year, while the affected Venza models are from the 2009, 2010 and 2011 model years. About 186,500 of these vehicles need a replacement stop lamp switch. “During installation of the contact-type stop lamp switch on one of the North American assembly lines, silicon grease may have reached the inside of the switch and caused an increase in electrical resistance,” Toyota says in a statement. “If this occurs, warning lamps on the instrument panel may be illuminated, the vehicle may not start, or the shift lever may not shift from the ‘Park’ position. In some cases, the vehicle stop lamps may become inoperative.”
About 495,000 Toyota Tacoma trucks from the 2005 to 2009 model years need a replacement steering wheel cable assembly. Reuters says that “friction may occur over time involving that part, which may result in the driver's side airbag being deactivated and not deploying in an accident.”
Currently, Toyota does not know of any accidents or injuries related to either recall.
Toyota is ordering replacement parts for the Camry, Venza and Tacoma. Once the parts are available, all repairs will be free and should take about 30 minutes. If you have questions, visit Toyota’s recall website or call Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
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