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Toyota recalls Camry, Venza and Tacoma; Chrysler recalls Liberty

By Jerry Hirsch

Los Angeles Times

LAST UPDATED: 10:20 a.m. HST, Mar 08, 2012

LOS ANGELES >> Toyota Motor Corp. plans to recall almost 700,000 vehicles because of a variety of safety issues.

Chrysler Group also announced a big recall.

Toyota said it will recall 495,000 Tacoma trucks from the 2005 to 2009 model years to replace the steering wheel spiral cable assembly.

The automaker has detected friction in the cable assembly that can disconnect the driver’s airbag, preventing deployment in a crash.

Additionally, Toyota will recall 2009 Camry sedans and 2009 to 2011 Venza vehicles to replace the stop lamp switch. Approximately 70,500 Camrys and 116,000 Venzas are covered by this recall. The Camry is the best-selling passenger car in the United States.

Toyota said that during the installation of the switch at one of its 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,” the automaker said.

Meanwhile, Chrysler is recalling about 210,000 Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicles originally in Midwestern and Eastern Seaboard states that use road salt during the winter months. Corrosion issues with rear lower control arms could cause a driver to lose control of the SUV.

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awahana wrote:
No more toyotas for me.
on March 8,2012 | 07:56AM
Kuokoa wrote:
Yup, had to have the steering wheel spiral cable assembly replaced in my 2006 Tacoma and paid $577 for it. Now I wonder if Toyota will refund me.
on March 8,2012 | 08:26AM
cojef wrote:
Go for it, $577 is $577 paid out.
on March 8,2012 | 09:45AM
Changalang wrote:
Toyota is the Apple of the automotive industry. Reputation of high reliability until you need a "genius" to fix the supplied product. The era of Toyota ended in the 90's. It will take another decade for the loyalists to recognize it.
on March 8,2012 | 10:46AM
Halemaumau wrote:
Can you say "over rated"?
on March 8,2012 | 06:57PM
kgolfinghawaii wrote:
Nissan cheaper, faster, better, Infiniti even more so...lol.
on November 14,2012 | 06:48AM
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