TORRANCE, CA – Toyota recalled 2009 Camry, and 2009 to certain 2011 Venza, vehicles to replace the stop lamp switch. Approximately 70,500 Camry and 116,000 Venza vehicles are covered by this recall, according to the automaker. Additionally, Toyota said it’s recalling certain 2005 to early 2009 Tacoma vehicles to replace the steering wheel spiral cable assembly. Approximately 495,000 Tacoma vehicles are covered by this recall.
Regarding the Camry and Venza, the automaker said that 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. 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.
On the Tacoma, Toyota said that due to the combination of steering wheel spiral cable design and characteristics unique to the Tacoma chassis, friction between the spiral cable and the retainer in the steering wheel spiral cable assembly can occur in some vehicles. Friction over time can result in loss of connectivity to the driver’s airbag module. If connectivity is lost, the airbag warning lamp on the instrument panel will remain illuminated after starting the vehicle and the driver’s airbag may be deactivated, preventing deployment in the event of a crash.
Toyota stated it is currently obtaining the necessary replacement parts. Once the replacement parts are available, the company said it will notify owners. Toyota said it’s not aware of any accidents or injuries caused by these two conditions. Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.
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