Toyota recall is affecting around 682,000 cars and trucks in the US. Safety concerns and the Toyota recall is not helping their reputation get back on track after numerous recalls in the recent years. Toyota’s title of being the largest carmaker in the world was taken by General Motors in 2008.
On Wednesday, Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. (NYSE:TM) announced it’s recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles because of various problems. Toyota said it will recall 495,000 Tacoma trucks from the 2005 to 2009 model years to replace the steering wheel spiral cable assembly. They detected some friction in the cable assembly that could prevent the driver’s airbag from deploying during a crash.
Also, the Toyota recall includes 2009 Camry sedans and 2009 to 2011 Venza vehicles to replace the stop lamp switch. Approximately 70,500 Camrys and 116,000 Venzas are being recalled. At this moment, the Toyota Camry is the best-selling passenger car in the United States.
Toyota reported, “During the installation of the switch at 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 in the process of getting replacement parts for the recall and once they do, they will notify owners. If you are an owner of a Toyota affected by the recall, you should see your recall notice in the mail around early April. Drivers can then take the vehicle in for repair free of charge when the parts become available.