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186,000 Camrys And Venzas Recalled

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On: Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 9:58AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

186,000 Camrys And Venzas Recalled

Well, here we go again. It's starting to feel like Toyota might just have to start issuing refunds to anyone that bought a Toyota between 2007 and about three weeks ago. Either that or put some heavy technology in building a time machine (hopefully with better luck than they've had in recent years). Perhaps they could go back and take a Mulligan on a few million cars. It seems that it's just about every week or so that we see the big Japanese carmaker recalling another batch of cars for some new ridiculous reason. This week it's Camry models made from July 1, 2008-February 28, 2009 and Venza models made from October 20, 2008 - January 4, 2011 totaling an asinine 186,798 vehicles.  

Apparently silicone grease "may" have (read:  did) come into contact with the surface of the brake light switch which may cause the electricity to not flow to the switch. If that happens, the car may not allow the driver to shift from park, or even start the car. Another annoying side effect may also be that the brake lights could be rendered useless -- not lighting up at all, which is of course, bad news for all parties involved on the road.

Get those Camrys and Venzas back to the dealer, and read on for the full report ...

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Toyota / Camry2009
Toyota / Venza2009 - 2011
Manufacturer:Nissan North America, Inc.
Mfr's Report Date:Mar 07, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V091000
NHTSA Action Number:N/A
Component:Exterior Lighting: Brake Lights: Switch
Potential Number of Units Affected:186,798


Toyota is recalling certain model year 2009 Camry vehicles manufactured from July 1, 2008, through February 28, 2009, and model year 2009-2011 Venza vehicles manufactured from October 20, 2008, through January 4, 2011. During assembly of the contact-type stop lamp switch, silicone grease may have come in contact with the surface of the switch which could cause contact resistance. If this occurs, warning lamps could illuminate, a no start condition could result, the shift lever may not shift from the “park” position, or the vehicle’s brake lights could become inoperative.


Inoperative brake lights would not warn other drivers that the vehicle is slowing or stopping, increasing the risk of a crash.


Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in early April 2012. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.


Customers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

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