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Toyota Tacoma Recall

March 8, 2012 by staff 

Toyota Tacoma Recall, Toyota said it is recalling 681,500 vehicles, including the 2009 Toyota Camry, the 2009-’11 Toyota Venza and the 2005-’09 Toyota Tacoma, to fix two different defects.

Toyota said approximately 70,500 Camrys and 116,000 Venzas are being recalled because the vehicle stop lamps may become inoperative.

“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,” said Toyota in a statement. “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 said it is obtaining the replacement parts. It did not set a date for the recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls, has not posted any information about the new Toyota recalls on its Web site.

Toyota said approximately 495,000 Tacomas are being recalled because the driver’s airbag may not deploy in a crash because of a problem with the steering wheel spiral cable assembly.

“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,” said Toyota. “Friction over time may result in loss of connectivity to the driver’s airbag module.

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