According to the automaker, select model year 2009 Toyota Camry sedans and 2009-2011 Toyota Venza crossovers had their stop lamp switches improperly installed. Affected vehicles may suffer issues such as inoperative brake lights; the vehicle refusing to shift from “park”; an improperly lit instrument panel; or even the vehicle failing to start. Around 70,500 Toyota Camry and 116,000 Toyota Venza vehicles may be included in this recall.
Nearly 500,000 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks may be affected by another recall, which involves the vehicle’s steering wheel spiral cable. Toyota says the driver side airbag may shut down due to the issue, which would be disastrous in the event of a collision. Model year 2005-2009 Toyota Tacoma trucks are involved in the recall.
The automaker is not aware of any accidents or fatalities involving either issue.
Toyota Camry, Venza, and Tacoma owners can contact the automaker at (800) 331-4331. The automaker is currently ordering replacement parts for the affected vehicles, and will contact Camry, Venza, and Tacoma owners via first class mail once they have arrived at the dealerships. Toyota urges Camry, Venza, and Tacoma owners to then bring their vehicles in for inspection and have the affected part replaced if necessary. The automaker says it can take up to 30 minutes to make the repair depending on the dealership’s schedule.