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Toyota is conducting a voluntary safety recall campaign on certain 2009 model year Toyota Camry mid-size sedans and certain 2009 to 2011 model year Toyota Venza mid-size crossovers to replace the stop-lamp switch.
The recall involves approximately 70,500 Camry and 116,000 Venza vehicles. According to Toyota, no other Toyota vehicles are involved.
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The automaker said that during installation of the contact-type stop-lamp switch on one of its North American assembly lines, silicon grease may have intruded the switch, causing increased electrical resistance.
Should this condition occur, warning lamps on the vehicle’s instrument panel may illuminate, the vehicle may not start, or the driver may not be able to shift the lever from the “Park” position. In addition, in some cases, the vehicle stop lamps may not work.
Toyota said that it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.
What Toyota will do
Toyota is in the process of obtaining the necessary replacement parts. When sufficient quantities of such parts are available, Toyota will notify owners of affected 2009 Camry and 2009-2011 Venza vehicles to make an appointment and bring their vehicles to a Toyota dealer for replacement of the stop lamp switch at no charge. The repair is expected to take approximately 30 minutes.
In the meantime, owners of 2009 Toyota Camry and 2009 to 2011 Toyota Venza vehicles with any questions or concerns may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
UPDATE: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a safety recall campaign ID No. 12V091000. The NHTSA bulletin indicates that 2009 Toyota Camry sedans involved in the safety recall campaign were manufactured from October 20, 2008 through January 4, 2011 and 2009 to 2011 Toyota Venza vehicles were built from July 1, 2005 through February 28, 2009.
Owners of these model year vehicles may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.