Toyota Announces Voluntary Recalls of Camry, Venza and Tacoma

In the first of two recalls Toyota issued today, the automaker is voluntarily recalling approximately 70,500 model-year 2009 Camry sedans and 116,000 model-year 2009-2011 Venza crossovers to replace a faulty stop lamp switch. A total of 186,500 units are affected.  During the manufacturing process, grease may have pervaded the inside of the switch mechanism, increasing electrical resistance.

According to a statement from Toyota, "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 securing the parts needed to fix the stop lamp switch issue and will begin owner notification shortly. Dealers will be able to replace the affected part for free in around 30 minutes, according to Toyota.

The second recall affects 495,000 model-year 2005-2009 Tacoma pickups. Toyota is recalling them to replace a faulty steering-wheel spiral assembly. Due to a design flaw, friction could develop between spiral cable and the retainer in the steering-wheel assembly. This could lead to a loss of connectivity with the driver’s airbag and cause the airbag not to deploy in a crash.

Toyota will begin notifying owners in early April. As with the first recall, dealers will also be able to replace the affected part for free in around 30 minutes.

Owners interested in receiving more information about both recalls can go to or call Toyota’s Customer Experience Center at 800-331-4331.



yeah, Toyota has had a few recalls, but I for one know that their cars and trucks are some of the most reliable on the road. They rarely break down...

This is really a big blow for Toyota and an opportunity for other car makers,A lesson learned, consider every possibility and when it comes to safety there are no compromise, Imagine when that device that is supposed to work on moments of impact.. Toyota's product development must be in fire. I like Toyota, I hope that they do better.


I own a 2009 Venza with 68000 miles and was recently told that it has a cracked steering column. I have been very satsified with the vehicle up to this point, having just now replaced the brakes and tires after 68000 miles per the dealers recommendations. When I brought the vehicle in for service, I asked the tech to evaluate a rattle I was hearing when going over bumps. The mechanic told me that there was a crack in the steering column which would cost $1645 to replace. I was also told that the vehicle is safe to drive. In doing some research, apparently other people had a similar complaint, and the Prius and Avalon had a recall for the same issue. When I called Toyotacare, the representative indicated that there is a technical bulletin out on this issue. Apparently this is the first step towards a recall. I am voicing my concern so other people will see this with the hope that Toyota will stand by their product. It is obviously a defect in manufacturing, not a wear and tear item, as I was told.

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