While Toyota recalls are no longer the earth-shattering news they were back in 2009, they're still news. And today's announcement certainly qualifies for the modifier "big," with nearly half a million Tacoma pickups being recalled under one campaign, and 116,000 Venza crossovers and 70,500 Camrys under another.

The 2009 Camry is the only model year covered by the recall, while 2009-2011 Venzas are affected. These vehicles may need a replacement stop lamp switch, which may have been installed incorrectly. Symptoms include warning lamps illuminating, a non-starting condition, and the inability to shift out of Park.

The Tacoma recall covers some 2005-2009 models that may need their steering wheel spiral cable assembly replaced. Symptoms include an air bag warning lamp that does not go off after the vehicle is started, which could result in the driver's air bag being deactivated.

In both cases, Toyota says it is "obtaining the necessary replacement parts" and owners will be notified by mail. Owners may also visit www.toyota.com/recall or call the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.

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Toyota Announces Voluntary Safety Recalls of Certain Camry, Venza and Tacoma Vehicles

TORRANCE, Calif., March 7, 2012 – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. (TMS), today announced that it will conduct a safety recall involving certain 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.

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.

Toyota is currently obtaining the necessary replacement parts. Once the replacement parts have been produced, we will send a notification by first class mail advising owners to make an appointment with an authorized Toyota dealer to replace the stop lamp switch at no charge. The repair will take approximately 30 minutes depending upon the dealer's work schedule.

Additionally, certain 2005 to early 2009 Tacoma vehicles will be recalled to replace the steering wheel spiral cable assembly. Approximately 495,000 Tacoma vehicles are covered by this recall.

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 may occur in some vehicles. Friction over time may result in loss of connectivity to the driver's air bag module. If connectivity is lost, the air bag warning lamp on the instrument panel will remain illuminated after starting the vehicle and the driver's air bag may be deactivated, preventing deployment in the event of a crash.

Toyota is currently obtaining the necessary replacement parts. Once the replacement parts are available, we will notify owners. In the interim, owners of the involved vehicles will be notified by first class mail in early April, 2012. The interim notification letter will advise owners of this safety recall, that they will receive a future notice once the replacement parts are available, and what to do if they experience this condition. The repair will take approximately 30 minutes depending upon the dealer's work schedule.

No other Toyota vehicles are involved nor these models distributed outside the North American market. Toyota is 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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      mikemaj82
      • 2 Years Ago
      and people are still buying these things...
        Basil Exposition
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        If you only buy from automakers that don't have recalls, I hope you have a good pair of walking shoes.
      styxmiko
      • 2 Years Ago
      the "inability to shift out of park"...I guess it's better than the inability to shift out of drive when the thing takes off like crazy...oh whatever, it's a POS anyway along with its more expensive version
      JDM
      • 2 Years Ago
      Once again, it's funny how autobiased, oppps I mean autoblog ensures that Toyota's recall is on their site but never mentions the 210,000 Jeeps recalled today. http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120307/OEM11/120309893/1252/chrysler-recalls-210-000-jeep-suvs-for-corrosion-issue
        billfrombuckhead
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JDM
        TRD fans don't talk about rust. Don't go there. Maybe some needs to go around a bunch of salt belt Toyotas with a body hammer, their trucks rust like crazy, just Google Toyota and rust. Over 10 million Google listings. Even truthaboutcars rags on them.
          JDM
          • 2 Years Ago
          @billfrombuckhead
          BuckWheat, I was wondering how long it would take your sorry a$$ to make a comment. Say what you want, Jeep and Chrysler have rust issues. No one was saying anything about Toyota and rust. I was pointing out how Autoblog conveniently did not mention it on their site. And please don't even bring up rust as a heep fan. The wranglers rust sitting in a driveway, let alone real off road use. But you would know that if you read truthaboutcars. Since your throwing out numbers, I got 13,400,000 bin results jeeps rust. 27,100,000 bing results on Ford rusts, and 14,800,000 bing results for GM rust.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        JDM
        • 2 Years Ago
        And you're still an idiot.. By the way GM boy, Chevy is halting delivery of their Camaro due to quality concerns. But wait, GM is perfect.. http://www.leftlanenews.com/chevrolet-halting-production-deliveries-of-camaro-zl1-due-to-quality-concern.html
          • 2 Years Ago
          @JDM
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          dcn2112
          • 2 Years Ago
          @JDM
          At least they had the guts to admit it right away and that they caught it before the ZL1 went on the street. I can't say the same for Toyota...
        404 not found
        • 2 Years Ago
        The irony is that the only people I hear this smartass comment from is from toolbags like you.
      Renaurd
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota has fallen and it can't get up......
      • 2 Years Ago
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      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      another week, another toyota recall...LOL
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like their unintended acceleration backfired. Car can't speed out of control if you can't turn it on!
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        acceleration *solution* backfired...thanks for the edit button, AB.
      _M7_
      • 2 Years Ago
      ohhh crap...he we go again... :/
      BMW ROCKS!
      • 2 Years Ago
      and water is wet...
      Becky Sue
      • 2 Years Ago
      I found this on another website, and stole it. Say what you want about Toyota. Carcomplaints.com has received 4,103 complaints about Toyota/Lexus/Scion products dating back to 1998. http://www.carcomplaints.com/Toyota/ During the same time period, Ford/Lincoln/Mercury received 21,707 complaints. http://www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/ Dodge/Jeep/Chrysler received 17,510. http://www.carcomplaints.com/Dodge/ http://www.carcomplaints.com/Jeep/ http://www.carcomplaints.com/Chrysler/ GM Brand received 24,605 complaints http://www.carcomplaints.com/Buick/ http://www.carcomplaints.com/Cadillac/ http://www.carcomplaints.com/Chevrolet/ http://www.carcomplaints.com/GMC/ http://www.carcomplaints.com/Hummer/ http://www.carcomplaints.com/Oldsmobile/ http://www.carcomplaints.com/Pontiac/ http://www.carcomplaints.com/Saturn
      Joe Carter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Heh, first others couldn't tell the cars were accelerating, NOW people can't tell if they're stopping.
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