• Mar 8th 2012 at 11:10AM
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Approximately 450,000 Toyota Tundras were recalled Wedn... Approximately 450,000 Toyota Tundras were recalled Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Toyota).
Toyota issued safety recalls Wednesday of approximately 681,500 vehicles in North America. The voluntary recalls affect the Venza, Camry and Tacoma models. The recall comes at a time when the Japanese company is defending whether it acted properly in its recalls of millions of vehicles in late 2009 and 2010 for sudden acceleration.

In this newest recall, Toyota says that silicon grease may have seeped into a switch that would cause numerous complications and trigger warning lights. In the Tacoma, the problem could also lead to airbags failing to inflate during a crash.

Approximately 495,000 Tacomas built between 2005 and 2009 are included in the recall. The company said that friction between the spiral cable and the steering wheel assembly could, over time, prevent airbags from deploying.

Approximately 70,500 Camrys and 116,000 Venzas are covered by the recall. Toyota said that the grease may have entered the stop-lam switch during assembly, and could cause increased electrical resistance, which could produce warning lights or prevent the transmission from being shifted from park.

The Venzas affected were built between 2009 and 2011. The Camrys were built in 2009. Owners will receive notification in the mail about the recall, and get a second notice once replacement parts are available at dealerships. Toyota says it is not aware of any accidents or injuries caused by the problems.

The timing is tough for Toyota. Both the Huffington Post, part of AOL Inc., and CNN have done recent investigations into whether the Japanese auto making giant acted properly with regard to millions of vehicles ultimately recalled for "sudden acceleration." Toyota has replaced floor-mats that were found to be lodging around the gas pedal. A subsequent investigation by Toyota, The National Academy of Science and the National Highway Safety Administration probing into whether the "sudden acceleration" episodes could be caused by mechanical or electronic faults in the vehicles showed no evidence of causes besides floor-mats and human error.

Toyota has vehemently denied that it has covered up any aspect of investigations that would have otherwise found fault with the vehicles' mechanical or electronic systems.

Read The HuffingtonPost's article on Toyota's handling of the earlier recall, as well as Toyota's response.


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      LIFLUKE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota,simple cars just change oil and hope you don't crash.
      Greg Sarge
      • 3 Years Ago
      Feb 27th 2012 Lexus. They take the top spot again this year. Rounding out the Top 5 for reliability are Porsche, Cadillac, Toyota and Scion. ...
      insanemstng
      • 3 Years Ago
      More crap from Junkota not a suprise they should call them REcalledota consumer rag report should list Junkota as garbage dont buy. Wakeup people.
      pbgardenpet
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's too bad. Makes me sad.
      • 3 Years Ago
      way to go yoda
      LL
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from: ( http://tinyurl.com/TopBargains )
      Richie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still the best and thats the real truth. I trust my Toyota's over any thing made in the USA, until they start caring more about the people and a little less about the GREED.
        alderaforall
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Richie
        your Toyota, more than likely, WAS made in the USA and THAT is the REAL truth.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @alderaforall
          The Real truth is Toyota uses the American south as their outsourcing, the money is the bottom line and that goes to Japan, how do you think they sell a cat for a third less than their competition in nearly every category? They are simply the Walmart of the automotive industry, drive down the wage, convince the consumer that cheap is the same as good and create a myth about your reliability. The fact is Toyota has been the most recalled brand of vehicle for years and yet somehow people by them regardless of the ntsb fines, regardless of recalls because at the end of the day they believe that cheap is Toyotas way of doing the consumer a favor.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Richie
        you dont care about the U.S.keep buying that junk
        Mark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Richie
        Most of those ARE made here in the USA. Maybe UAW workers got into toyota and caused the recalls hmmmm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Richie
        Really, toyotas are by far the least reliable most recalled brand of automobile ever built. They have issued recalls for over 40% of every vehicle they have built since 1998.
      • 3 Years Ago
      My friend told me a nice place called  AffluentMeet.CoM....it's the place where you can meet m'illio'naires, who are searching for their s'pecial someone. It's worth a try! It includes my Tacoma, but I wouldn't trade my Tacoma for some American piece of junk that breaks down as often as I change my socks. BTW vcextreme Junk comes from AMERICA, not Japan. That is a photo of a Tacoma, not a Tundra. Toyotas and Hondas are still best made vehicles on the road PERIOD. At leats I know that when I need to drive to another state, that my Tacoma isn't going to leave me stranded, unlike my former American Junk. I don't care how many recalls I see for Toyota, I'd still rather drive a Toyota than push an American vehicle to the mechanic.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Solution to get rid of illegal aliens... Give them 6 months amnesty to get out of the US. After the 6 month amnesty period, all illegal aliens and their children under 18 years of age caught in the US will have their vehicles, homes, cash and valuables confiscated and they will be deported and barred from seeking US citizenship for a period of 15 years., sending them home with what they came here illegally with....NOTHING ! All future documented workers will be bonded by the employers and they will be responsible for the housing and medical care for them. Their children will not become US citizens automatically. When they become legal age they can get in line behind everyone else waiting to become a US citizen. They will be fleeing the US in droves to keep from losing all their possessions and those that dont and have their possessions confiscated will go to help offset the costs of deporting them, Our soldiers have been sacrificing their lives for over 200 years for this country and not it is being overrun and destroyed by illegal aliens and our military and govrernment does nothing
      Rick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota comes with out of control acceleration problems, brakes that that don't work and now airbags that don't work. A toyota would be very bottom of my shopping list. Toyota Tundra oil sludge that will send your camshafts exploding through the hood, Tundra bed bounce on the highway could deposit lots of water melons all over the highway, if that does not the tailgates that fall of will hit you, if that does not get you then may the spare wheel that falls of the rusty chassis will severe through the Tundra brake lines and bounce off down the highway. Tundra would be a the very last bottom of my shopping list for a pick-up, you can't be a nice slice of best selling Chevy, Ford or dodge real American Pie. The car in front is a Toyota, give it a wide berth.
      idgascreamer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jap Crap just isn't as good as it use to be huh ? HA HA HA ... All Toyotas are CRAP !
      mt1975
      • 3 Years Ago
      It includes my Tacoma, but I wouldn't trade my Tacoma for some American piece of junk that breaks down as often as I change my socks. BTW vcextreme Junk comes from AMERICA, not Japan. That is a photo of a Tacoma, not a Tundra. Toyotas and Hondas are still best made vehicles on the road PERIOD. At leats I know that when I need to drive to another state, that my Tacoma isn't going to leave me stranded, unlike my former American Junk. I don't care how many recalls I see for Toyota, I'd still rather drive a Toyota than push an American vehicle to the mechanic.
        drewnj1970
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mt1975
        you are so full of crap and a sore loser AND an idiot for buying toyjunka
        jking41198
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mt1975
        My Mercury has more than 300,000 miles on it and it runs almost like new. It has had very few repairs. Even the alternator and starter are original. The transmission and engine have never been opened. I have a Ford with 215,000 miles, same there but not as many miles.
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