Toyota Recalling Some Camry, Venza Models For Stop-Lamp Switch

March 7, 2012
2011 Toyota Venza

2011 Toyota Venza

Toyota is recalling 186,500 vehicles—including some 2009 Toyota Camry models and some 2009-2011 Toyota Venza models—for an issue with the stop lamp switch that could cause a range of issues.

The description of the problem sounds simple: “During 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,” says Toyota, in a release. Although the assembly issue itself has nothing to do with stopping ability, the consequences could be wide-ranging: warning lamps on the dash; a shift lever that might not shift from 'Park;' stop lamps that don't work; or a failure for the vehicle to start.

Toyota is still waiting on the replacement parts, but it will notify owners of affected vehicles soon, via first-class mail. According to Toyota, the repair will take about 30 minutes.

For more information, go to, or call 800-331-4331.

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