Recall Central: 681,500 Toyota Models Recalled
Model year 2004-2005 Jeep Liberty SUVs are being recalled because of rear lower control arms that are susceptible to corrosion issues. Chrysler issued the recall and released a prepared statement stating that it will focus on vehicles "sold or currently registered in salt belt states as defined by the NHSTA." Additionally, the Toyota Camry, Venza, and Tacoma are being recalled. The Camry and Venza are targeted for stop lamp switch issues, while the Tacoma is being recalled for a faulty steering wheel cable.
The Problem: Affected Camry and Venza vehicles may have faulty stop lamp switches due to the presence of silicon grease. The grease may have reached the switch during assembly and could cause an increase in electrical resistance, which in turned could cause warning lamps to light up, prevent the vehicle from starting, or deactivate the vehicle stop lamps. Recalled Tacoma trucks may have a faulty steering wheel spiral cable that could suffer from excess friction and affect the driver's air bag module. If connection to the module is lost, the airbag warning lamp will turn on and the airbag may be deactivated.
The Fix: Toyota is currently working on the necessary fixes for both issues. Toyota expects to contact customers sometime next month. The repair should take an estimated 30 minutes. You may contact Toyota with concerns or questions at 1-800-331-4331.
Number of Affected Vehicles: An estimated 70,500 2009 Camrys, 116,000 model-year 2009-2011 Venzas, and 495,000 2005-2009 Tacoma trucks.
2005 Jeep Liberty
The Problem: When the rear lower control arm in the suspension system could fracture after long periods of expose to road salt. The fractured component may affect vehicle control and lead to a crash.
The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners and replace the affected rear lower control arms on vehicles that were sold or are currently registered in salt belt states. The replacement is free of charge and is expected to begin by the end of April 2012. Customers may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
Number of Vehicles Affected: Approximately 209,724 vehicles sold or currently registered in the following areas: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and The District of Columbia.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Chrysler, Toyota