Toyota, Chrysler issue major recalls
Air bag, brake switch, rust issues add up to almost 1M vehicles
- By David Shepardsondshepardson@detnews.comWashington — Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it is recalling almost 700,000 vehicles in the United States to fix potentially faulty air bags and replace a faulty brake light switch.
Meanwhile, Chrysler Group LLC announced it is recalling about 266,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs worldwide over rust concerns in rear suspension components.
Toyota said it’s recalling 495,470 Tacoma pickup trucks made between 2005 and 2009 because friction might result in a loss of a electrical connection in the driver’s air bag module. That could cause the air bag warning lamp on the instrument panel to remain illuminated after starting the vehicle, and the driver’s air bag might be deactivated and fail to deploy during a crash.
The Japanese automaker said it’s also recalling 70,500 Camry and 116,000 2009-2011 Venza vehicles to replace a brake light switch. Toyota said the sedans might not start or might not shift out of park.
Toyota is recalling about 60,000 vehicles in Canada and Mexico as part of the two recall campaigns, including 16,000 trucks in Canada and 13,000 in Mexico
In both recall campaigns, Toyota is working to obtain replacement parts and plans to notify owners of the planned recall next month.
Toyota is not aware of any accidents or injuries in either recall campaign.
The automaker said it began investigating an increase in the number of out-of-warranty claims on the Tacoma from March through October last year. Toyota duplicated the problem during testing and decided to issue the recall. Since 2005, Toyota has received162 complaints.
Chrysler said it is recalling 209,724 Liberty models made between 2004 and 2005 in U.S. states that use road salt because excessive corrosion can cause the rear lower control arms in the suspension system to crack. The recall also includes about 24,000 vehicles in Canada and 32,000 in the rest of the world, Chrysler spokesman Vince Muniga said.
That could raise the risk of a crash, Chrysler said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the 2002-05 Jeep Liberty over corrosion issues in April and upgraded its probe to an engineering analysis in September, focusing its investigation on 2004-05 models in states that use road salt during the winter.
NHTSA says 21 states — including Michigan — are part of the “salt belt.”
Chrysler said it’s aware of 83 reports of fractures from rust in the vehicles but said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries.
Chrysler will notify owners by next month and replace the rear lower control arms. The models being recalled were built between July 2004 and July 2005.