Toyota Recalls Around 700,000 Vehicles

An unidentified shopper passes by a row of unsold 2008 Tacoma pickup trucks on the lot at a Toyota dealership in the southeast Denver suburb of Centennial, Colo., on Sunday, June 22, 2008. (File, AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Toyota just announced plans to recall around 700,000 vehicles this week.

Around 70,500 Camry and 116,000 Venza vehicles are covered by this recall. Toyota revealed that they are recalling certain 2009 Camry and 2009 to certain 2011 Venza vehicles because of a problem with the stop lamp switch.

While installing the stop lamp switch on one of the North American assembly lines, silicon grease could have reached the inside of the switch, causing 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,” says Toyota in a press release.

Toyota says they’re currently obtaining replacement parts and once produced, says they will notify owners to make an appointment at a Toyota dealer to replace the stop lamp switch for free.

“The repair will take approximately 30 minutes depending upon the dealer’s work schedule,” Toyota says.

And this isn’t the only recall for Toyota.

Additionally, Toyota is recalling about 495,000 Tacoma vehicles including certain 2005 to early 2009 Tacoma vehicles to replace the steering wheel spiral cable assembly.

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.

According to a Toyota press release, friction over time may result in loss of connectivity to the driver’s air bag module and if connectivity is lost, the air bag warning lamp on the instrument panel will remain illuminated after starting the vehicle and the driver’s air bag may be deactivated, preventing deployment in the event of a crash.

Toyota is currently obtaining replacement parts and will notify Tacoma owners in early April.