Toyota announced two recalls this week, affecting the Toyota Tacoma midsized pickup trucks that were sold in the Southeast United States, as well as their popular Avalon, Camry, and Corolla sedans. In all, 979 Tacomas and 9,795 sedans will be affected by the latest Toyota recall.
The first recall concerns the 2012-2013 Tacomas that were sold to dealerships in the southeast. Toyota’s distributor, Southeast Toyota Distributors (SET), has initiated the recall for the trucks that are equipped with the 18″ Maverick alloy wheels. More specifically, it was determined that the spare tire did not come with the proper set of lug nuts, which are necessary to properly fasten it to the vehicle. The spare tire requires a set of lug nuts that differs from the rest of the wheels. Consequently, if the spare tire were to be put on the vehicle using the lug nuts from the standard wheels, it could damage the wheel itself. This could eventually result in the wheel coming loose from the vehicle, while increasing the risk of an accident.
In the second and larger Toyota recall, the Japanese automaker is recalling the following vehicles:
- 2013-2014 Toyota Camry and Camry HV (Hybrid Vehicle)
- 2013 Toyota Avalon and Avalon HV
- 2014 Toyota Corolla
The vehicles contain a windshield wiper switch assembly, which may short circuit at any time. Because of this defect, the vehicles do not conform to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, No. 104, “Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems” requirements. If the windshield wipers were to short circuit, it would render them inoperable, thus both reducing the visibility of the driver, and increasing the risk of the vehicle being involved in an accident.
The latest Toyota recalls will have the dealership technicians apply a warning sticker and supply the correct type of lug nuts, as well as replace the wiper switch assembly, respectively. Both procedures will come at no cost to the owners. For more information on the Tacoma recall, affected owners can contact the SET at 1-800-331-4331, and for the Avalon, Camry, and Corolla recall, owners may contact their local Toyota dealership. Both recalls are expected to begin right away.