Toyota Camry, Venza and Tacoma Recall Affects 681,500 Units

Toyota Camry, Venza and Tacoma Recall Affects 681,500 Units

Over the last few years, the words “Toyota” and “recall” have gone hand in hand. While the companies previous woes are behind them, Toyota has since been extra cautious and issues recalls for everything it finds to have a potential defect.

Just today, Toyota has announced a recall notice for three of its vehicles, the 2009 Camry, the 2009 – 2011 Venza, and the 2005 – 2009 Tacoma pick-up truck.

The Camry and Venza share the same defect. According to Toyota; “during the installation of the contact-type stop lamp switch on one of the 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.”

A total of 70,500 Camry’s and 116,000 Venza models are affected and Toyota will be informing their customers via first class mail. The repair should take roughly 30-minutes to complete at a Toyota dealership.

If you own a 2005 – early 2009 Tacoma pick-up truck, you will also receive a recall notice via first class mail very soon. The Tacoma’s recall is to replace the steering wheel spiral cable assembly.

According to Toyota; “due to 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. Friction over time may result in loss of connectivity to the driver’s air bag module. 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. ”

A total of 495,000 Tacoma’s are potentially affected. This brings the grand total to 681,500 vehicles to receive a recall service, which is surely going to be costly. However, Toyota has learned from the past and will act on correcting these issues as soon as possible.

If you believe your vehicle might be affected, you can contact Toyota’s Customer Experience Center by dialing 1-800-331-4331.



  • Doug Stenning

    Exactly what relevance is there to your comment Belinda? Toyota is repairing for free as per the recall notice so the warranty argument is really kind of pointless.

    And incidentally if you google GM or Ford Recall you’ll see many articles on american vehicles being recalled. Granted probably not as many as Toyota mind you. c’est la vis

  • Barry Williams

    Belinda has a valid point. If Doug Stenning did a small amount of re-search
    he would learn she is correct. Americans buying imports are shooting the rest
    of the Americans in the back. But I’m sure Doug does not understand. Maybe
    he still has a Job…

  • Jeff Miller

    I was a diehard GM guy since my teens, but too many fit and finish issues, as well as, inconsistent service from GM(dealers denying to warranty repair an issue with a 2004 Impala because I didn’t buy it from them and told me to take it back to where I bought it), and many other issues forced me to look into other options. I purchased a Toyota Avalon several years ago and it has been the absolute BEST vehicle I have owned. Zero issues and while it was recalled for some sort of steering bracket…Toyota took it in and fixed it no hassle and they were super friendly. The American makers are starting to make a come back only because Americans started to demand quality and when they didn’t get it for so long they’ve started shopping elsewhere(foreign) and big automakers finally took notice. I personally think that once domestic automakers think they’ve gotten their rep back here then they will start trying to slide junk back into the mix….just like they did before because we tend to have a short memory here in the states. Then again, no machine is perfect…so what does one expect? I’ve grown to love my Toyota and wouldn’t go back to GM, at this point, even if one was given to me.

  • Dave Walsh

    Every automobile company out there is making high priced cheap junk! Gm on a lot of vehicles are not calling it a recall, they usually have a name that means, ” whoops we bad, some parts on our vehicles don’t meet standards. ” I other words – junk. They’ve all cheapened up their crap and expect us to keep buying it. I think it’s about time to let these sorry ass companies fend for themselves and go the way of the dinosaurs.

  • Sean

    Why do you comment, Belinda, on the fact that warranty’s are better with american made vehicals? Hyundai has the best warranty out there. And mitsubishi has a 10 year powertrain warranty. BOTH imports. Where is the validity of your post?

  • Frank

    You guys are funny. American made? Where do you think Venza’s are built? They’re built in Kentucky and the last time I looked at a map it wasn’t in Japan. If I had researched more and knew my Venza was made in Kentucky and not Japan. I don’t think I would have bought it, strictly because of quality.

  • craig h

    well I am very happy with my toyota i have had all of the big 3 and at least toyota recognises that there is a problem and will correct it while say chevy will weigh the difference and 99% of the time will just let the consumer be stuck with the problem and let them take them to court and let it sit in there until the consumer grows tired or broke like my bonneville that had blown head gaskets and every other vehicle that had that same engine in their gm products

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