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.
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.