Toyota Recalls Over 600,000 Vehicles
Toyota is conducting a massive safety recall Wednesday, recalling certain 2009 Camrys and 2009-2011 Venzas for replacement procedures.
Toyota is recalling as many as 70,500 Camrys and 116,000 Venzas are covered by the recall, which focuses on the stop lamp switch. According to Toyota, silicon grease may have gotten into the switch during installation, leading to problems.
In some instances the vehicle may not start, the shift lever may not shift from park, or the stop lights may not work. Warning lamps on the instrument panel should come on, signifying the issue.
Toyota is currently obtaining replacement parts. Owners of the recalled vehicles will be contacted by mail to schedule an appointment with a Toyota dealer to switch out the faulty part at no cost. This replacement should only take 30 minutes.
Also, 495,000 2005-2009 Tacoma trucks are subject to recall to replace the steering wheel spiral cable. Toyota stated there may be friction between the spiral cable and the retainer in the steering wheel spiral cable assembly.
Over time, this friction may damage connectivity to the driver’s air bag. If this connectivity is lost, the airbag could be deactivated, stopping it from deploying in a crash. The air bag warning lamp on the instrument panel will come on.
Toyota is also currently acquiring replacement parts for this recall and owners will be notified by mail in April to schedule repairs.
Toyota affirms that no fatalities have resulted from these faulty parts.
More information can be found at www.toyota.com/recall, or consumers can call (800) 331-4331.
Los Angeles drivers can schedule repairs at the following local Toyota dealerships:
1600 S. Figueroa
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(888) 347- 6978
Toyota of Hollywood
6000 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
9077 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(888) 347- 6812
Toyota of Glendale
1260 South Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91204
1543 West Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801