• Feb 15, 2010

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PRESS RELEASE

Report Date : February 15, 2010 at 11:58 AM
NHTSA Campaign ID number : 10V040000

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
TOYOTA / CAMRY 2010
Manufacturer: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. Mfr's Report Date: FEB 09, 2010

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V040000
N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7314

Summary:
TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 CAMRYS. THE LENGTH OF THE POWER STEERING PRESSURE HOSE ON VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH THE 4-CYLINDER (2AR-FE) ENGINE MAY BE INSUFFICIENT, SUCH THAT THE GAP BETWEEN THE CRIMP ON THE PRESSURE HOSE AND THE BRAKE TUBE FOR THE LEFT REAR BRAKE MAY BE INSUFFICIENT. UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES THE BRAKE TUBE MAY INTERFERE WITH THE CRIMP AND MAY WEAR AND THEN PERFORATE.

Consequence:
A BRAKE TUBE PERFORATION MAY RESULT IN BRAKE FLUID LEAKAGE. A LEAK IN BRAKE FLUID MAY IMPACT BRAKING PERFORMANCE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:

TOYOTA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND, IF NECESSARY, DEALERS WILL REPLACE OR ADJUST THE BRAKE TUBE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.

Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 4 Years Ago
      How humiliating.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When it rains, it pours.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Japanese quality has hit rock bottom
        You just cannot trust japanese cars. Ford and GM have surpassed japnese quality
        and fit and finish.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A recall a day keeps the customer away.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I just talked to Ms. Cleo at the Psychic Friends Network. She said that 2010 will be a great year for Ford and GM.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota's current tagline is "Toyota - Moving forward". They should update it.

        Toyota - Moving forward (even when you don't want to).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Rock Bottom...? No.

        Are they at the point where they are not bullet-proof invincible, but no better or worse than American, German, or Korean Cars? ...Yes

        Compared to Russian-Chinese-Indian makers? A thousand times better.

        This is where my view of Japanese Car quality/reliability stand. It's just that yeah, Toyota just could no longer live up to the bullet-proof quality/reliability standards that people expected for. In the part of Akio Toyota's (excuse) speech, he mentioned of how much of his company was pushed to the limit of the limit, trying to compete with other very competitive companies, especially her fast-growing, South Korean Counterpart. (2nd largest in Asia)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Welcome to the monsoon season.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota's quality isn't what it used to be, but it can't be this bad. I know there are a lot of "conspiracy theorists" pointing out that all this is coming after our little investment in GM.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, it can be this bad. Toyota had problems with the steering racks on their LS400s, for instance. I replaced 3 of them in one car within 10,000 miles, all with factory parts purchased from the Lexus dealership. It's a common issue with one or two model years of the cars. I've seen mid-90s LS400s @ 150k with head gasket leaks and heater core leaks, and various other coolant leaks. You can argue that "well it's got 150,000 miles on it, what do you expect?" and that's a fair point, but only to a point, so to speak. There are some engines that still can't hold themselves together for 150k, so in that sense it's not bad. But in the 3 years I worked as a service adviser for a (mostly) German car shop, I never saw a Mercedes M113, M117 or M119 V8 with a head gasket leak. Never saw a BMW M62 with a head gasket leak either. Seen it on 1UZs, though.

        The LS400s also had those EL backlit gauge clusters that are supposed to make all the instruments "invisible" when the ignition is off. Thing is, the clusters tend to fail-the gauges still work, but the solder joints in the circuits that power the EL lighting fail and so even though the instruments are still functioning, they're almost impossible to read without having a flashlight or being in direct, intense sunlight. At least when the clusters in Mercedes and BMWs fail all you lose is a few lines in the LCD information display (or, in older Mercedes the LCD that displays the external temperature cracks).

        Even when Toyota supposedly made good cars, their stuff wasn't that great. Better than some of their competition, perhaps (I mean it's hard to do much worse than GM/Chrysler/Ford were in the 90s...), but they've never been good.They've just gotten worse in the past decade or so.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey, at least this isn't combined with honda's airbag recall! That would just be a major lose-lose!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Living in Northern Canada amongst the 'monster' Ford 350 type drivers and justifying my purchase of a (North American made) Tacoma TRD O-R as my daily driver has been an almost regular exercise either at the pump (which i visit a lot less than most) or at the red light.The best is when a Ford, Dodge or Chevy lifer gets a ride in the Taco and realizes that it IS the ultimate Mid-Size! Their eyes widen, their wallets tingle and you can see their buyer allegiance start to shift.
      http://www.macktruck.org/2010-toyota-tacoma-top-midsize-pickup.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      The honorable Toyoda-san sure has a lot of supplier lawsuits to file. Probably
      result in some bankruptsies, since they are so easy to get nowadays.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I also can't help but wonder how many senior citizens had their licenses taken away when 'the accident' really wasn't their fault!!

      I feel sorry for Toyota. But it's a good lesson for all of us. There IS a limit to how much you can chew before you start to choke.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When it rains it pours. When automotive history books are written, this time period is going to be disproportionately larger than most others. (And no, I don't just mean Toyota's problems right now)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like a bunch of American car lovers on here. The whole accelerator thing has supposedly been going on since 2000, but all the sudden it's a big issue. I smell a conspiracy...can anybody say a repeat of the whole buy American campaign in the early 90's. It's funny how when the "Big Three" are going through some of the most trying times and continuously losing market share to foreign auto makers that their biggest competitor is on the news repeatedly. Makes you wanna say hmmm? There have been many recalls on American, German, and yes Japanese cars over the past few years for all these new drive-by-wire systems, but none of them ever got this amount of air time if any. Some problems never make it on a recall list. For instance, the Saturn Vue has a problem with the steering motor going out. Potentially a serious problem, but has never made it on a recall list that I know of. Drive-by-wire systems are relatively new in cars, but have been in airplanes for years. And if they are anything like the ones found in airplanes, they come with their own set of problems. They don't call them "reset jets" for nothing! Only difference is that airplanes have multiple redundancies designed in them for system failures. So until automakers design failsafes into their cars, we will continue to see problems and injuries. Updated driver training to learn how to deal with the technology changes wouldn't hurt either!! I bet some of those accidents could have been prevented if they had been better trained drivers. Simple solution...an automatic throttle to idle button maybe. Call me Toyota I'm available for consults!!! :) lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is bad news for Toyota. Most troubling is the Prius recall for brake glitches, which tarnishes the reputation of the maker and the model. Hybrids and electric cars are the greenest technology in the mainstream and it’s a shame to see their popularity decreased by these design flaws.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      "conspiracy theorist" just don't blindly follow the media's reported news as fact without hard evidence like stupid lemmings and bandwagon haters.

      http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/02/13/toyota.recall.report/index.html?iref=allsearch

      With millions of cars needing to be recalled, it should be easy as pie to find a problem in a lab or controlled testing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You don't know the design process and it's easy to be arm-chair quarterback.

        It's actually very difficult to simulate all things in a lab. There are so many variables that go into a vehicles real world usage (climate conditions, customer usage/abuse, age, and so on).

        Because of this limitation in the lab there is a lot of real world durability testing. But like lab testing, its impossible to capture all applications and usage conditions. The extremes are often tested but there are sometimes synergistic effects that can happen to cause a problem that just isn't seen otherwise.

        Sure, Toyota dragged their feet but getting real-world field data is a slow and difficult process that doesn't happen overnight.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey guys:
      you are forgetting that the repairs being done are not working...See the latest on the repair from someone who has done it.

      From ToyotaRecall.org
      http://www.toyotarecall.org/feedback/toyota-sticky-accelerator-recall/

      Chris Vicencio says:
      February 12, 2010 at 3:55 am

      I love my ‘07 Tundra! I just had the pedal recall repair done 5 days ago. From the second I drove it off the lot I noticed the feel of the pedal was very uncomfortable. It’s like driving with a hair trigger. When I hit the slightest bump in the road the truck accelerates because the action on the pedal is so light it’s hard to keep the RPMs stable. This fix is NOT adequate. On even a moderately bumpy road the truck lurches forward as the pedal bounces up and down with weight of my foot…it is almost impossible to maintain even speed or RPMs with this fix. I hate the feel of the pedal action now.
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