We are only just into the third month of this year and we have already seen a few auto recalls being announced. In January we saw BMW recalling a number of its Mini models that was followed later the same month with a worrying Britax child seat problem. Today we have news of a huge 2012 Toyota recall that has been revealed by the company.
The company is making a total of two recalls that is affecting almost 700,000 vehicles, and according to The New York Times the recall is down to a steering wheel flutter and a trace of silicone grease. This latest recall by the company is affecting 187,000 Venzas manufactured between 2009 and 2011 and Camrys manufactured in 2009.
There are also 495,000 Tacoma pickups that were made between 2005 and 2009. The issue affecting the Camrys and Venzas is down to a trace of silicone grease that may affect the stop lamp switch, which may lead to a number of problems that include the failure of the brake light. It can also stop the vehicle from starting, and prevent the automatic transmission out of the park position.
It was found that the grease was building up on the gloves of the workers building the vehicles who later touched the stop lamp switch. The Tacomas are being recalled because the driver’s air bag may not work in the event of an accident. The company started looking into the problem after receiving a number of complaints from owners who had to pay out for repairs to the warning lights were activated, but the vehicles were not covered by the warranty.
Owners complained to the NHTSA as it was costing up to $800 to fix the problem, and the company eventually found that a steering wheel flutter was causing friction on a cable, which in turn affected circuits used for the air-bag assembly. This would then mean the warning lights would illuminate, and if left untouched could also mean the air bag not triggering in an accident.
The company has said they will refund owners that have already paid out for a repair, and can claim the money back if they have proof of the work being done, and also promised to contact owners about a fix for the issues.
Do you own one of the vehicles involved in the recall?