Description: Toyota is recalling a little over 495,000 certain model year 2005-2009 Tacoma vehicles, manufactured from September 14, 2004, through August 29, 2008. Toyota is also recalling over 185,000 certain model year 2009 Camry vehicles manufactured from July 1, 2008, through February 28, 2009, and model year 2009-2011 Venza vehicles manufactured from October 20, 2008, through January 4, 2011.
Hazard: Tacoma Vehicles – Steering wheel vibration may damage the spiral cable assembly (clock spring) that powers the driver’s air bag module. If damage occurs, the air bag warning lamp will illuminate and the air bag may become deactivated. In the event of a crash, the driver’s side air bag may not deploy. Camry & Venza Vehicles — During assembly of the contact-type stop lamp switch, silicone grease may have come in contact with the surface of the switch which could cause contact resistance. If this occurs, warning lamps could illuminate, a no start condition could result, the shift lever may not shift from the “park” position, or the vehicle’s brake lights could become inoperative. Inoperative brake lights would not warn other drivers that the vehicle is slowing or stopping, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy: Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace either the Tacoma’s spiral cable assembly or the Camry/Venza’s stop lamp switch, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in early April 2012. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.