Toyota Motor Corp. intends to recall nearly 700,000 vehicles due to safety issues.
495,000 Tacoma trucks the model years 2005 to 2009 need a replacement steering wheel spiral cable assembly, reported Christian Science Monitor.
Also included in the recall are 2009 Camry sedans and 2009 to 2011 Venza vehicles that need a new stop lamp switch. 70,500 Camrys and 116,000 Venzas are included in the recall.
According to Forbes, the Camry is the best-selling passenger car in the United States, but has been struggling to stay on top due to last year’s earthquake- related disruptions.
Toyota said that while the cars, being recalled were going through the installation process, silicon grease may have reached the inside of the switch, causing an increase in electrical resistance. Toyota believes that this happened at one of its North American assembly lines.
The company released a statement saying:
“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.”
Chrysler Group is also issuing a large recall.
Around 210,000 Jeep Liberty vehicles are being recalled from the Midwest and Eastern Seaboard states that use salt on the roads in the winter. Corrosion on the rear control arms could cause driver to lose control of the vehicle.
Toyota has had two other recalls in the past year. In April 2011, the company recalled 300,000 US sport utility vehicles in the United States to fix faulty airbag sensors. In June 2011, they recalled around 139,000 vehicles globally because of an issue with the steering system.
Toyota says it is in the process of obtaining these replacements parts and that owners affected will be notified and given the parts for free.
The company has not seen any accidents or injuries caused by these issues.