Toyota Motor Corp. has announced a recall of 682,000 cars and trucks in the US to fix some stop lamp switches whilst looking in to some other problems with their pickups and steering wheel assemblies.
According to an official statement by Toyota, “The recalls include about 495,000 Tacoma trucks made during the 2005 through 2009 model years that need to have their steering wheel spiral cable assemblies replaced”
The Japanese automaker also said that friction may occur in some vehicles between the assembly's spiral cable and the retainer, and over time, cut the connection to the driver's airbag. Toyota is also deliberating too replace stop lamp switches on about 70,500 Camry vehicles and about 116,000 Venza vehicles after the company found silicon grease might have reached the inside of the switch during assembly in North America, causing an increase in electrical resistance.
In case you are a Toyota customer or driving either of these faulty cars, you will be notified by the company mail in early April. Drivers can take the affected vehicles for repair free of charge when the parts become available. The spare parts are being procured at the moment.
This isn’t the first time Toyota had to recall its vehicles in such a large number due to some problem or the other. Three separate but related recalls of automobiles by Toyota Motor Corporation occurred at the end of 2009 and start of 2010.
These recalls were supported by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), after reports that several vehicles experienced inadvertent acceleration. At some instances problems were reported by customers and at others quality control teams at the company ensured they delivered the right end product to the market.
The first recall was to correct a possible incursion of an incorrect or out-of-place front driver's side floor mat into the foot pedal well, which can cause pedal entrapment which occurred in 2009. Later the second recall, on January 21, 2010, was begun after some crashes were shown not to have been caused by floor mat incursion.
The good thing is that Toyota bears a lot of cost in this recall to satisfy its customers by replacing faulty vehicles. This is a great marketing tool as it builds and develops a lot of good will and customer equity.