Toyota is recalling more than 5,000 Camry and Avalon vehicles from the 2014 model year. According to a letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (PDF), the recall stems from a problem with the cars' suspension -- specifically, the left-side front suspension lower arm -- which could increase the risk of an accident.
The part was manufactured by supplier Toyotetsu America. In a Safety Recall Report, NHTSA says that:
"The left side front suspension lower arm was mis-stamped during the manufacturing process (the right side front suspension lower arm is not affected). A left side lower arm that has been mis-stamped may not have enough clamping surface area for one of the bolts that secures the lower arm to the lower ball joint. In the event of a severe impact to the lower ball joint, which could result from varying road surfaces during normal driving, the lower arm could separate from the ball joint."
Should the arm separate from that joint, it could make the vehicle harder to control, increasing the risk of a collision.
The good news is that the problem is limited in scope, affecting only those 2014 Toyota Camry, Camry HV, Avalon, and Avalon HV vehicles that were sold with 16-inch and 17-inch rims. All told, the recall affects roughly 5,650 vehicles registered in the U.S.
Toyota says that it will begin mailing recall notices to owners in mid-December (i.e. now). After receiving that notice, owners can take their vehicles to a Toyota dealer, who will replace the left side lower arm at no charge.
If you believe that you own one of the vehicles included in this recall, you're encouraged to contact Toyota customer service at 800-331-4331. Or if you prefer, you can ring NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #14V715000.