Latest Toyota Recall Doesn't Come as a Surprise

toyota truckIt's been a tough road for Toyota. The Japanese car makers have found, yet again, some defects in their products and have decided to try and fix them before anyone gets hurt. This Toyota recall involves more than 700,000 vehicles made between 2005 and 2009. From Toyota trucks to sedans to crossovers, the recall is as wide as it is deep, and Toyota owners everywhere are shaking their heads.

And if you're thinking that this Toyota recall business sounds familiar, it's because this isn't the first time in recent memory that the company has stepped forward to announce that their cars are kinda terrible. Since January 2009, there have been 18 instances of recorded Toyota troubles.

But for this Toyota recall du jour, here's what you need to know:

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  • The recall includes Toyota Tacoma trucks with model years of 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. They need to have their steering wheel spiral cables replaced. The gist of it is that over time, if this cable isn't replaced, the driver's airbag may become deactivated and won't deploy in case of a crash. So yeah, might wanna get that fixed.
  • Recall also includes 70,500 Toyota Camrys with a 2009 model year, and 116,000 Venza crossovers made during the 2009 to 2011 model years. Basically, Toyota admits that some grease on the assembly line dripped into the cars and it's possible that it will cause warning lights to illuminate, keep the vehicle from starting, or prevent it from shifting out of "park." Oh, wonderful.

Toyota says they'll contact car owners in April and will give them more details then on how to proceed. As of now, Toyota is still waiting for replacement parts to be made/shipped/whatever.

I'm not a Toyota owner, but if I was, darn, I'd be pretty peeved. Seems like every few months there's something wrong with their cars. I mean, I'm livid when the F train decides it's not going to run on the weekends, so yeah, I know what it's like to be so pissed off at your mode of transportation that you want to tear your arm hair out.

Silver lining? Toyota's website is really user-friendly. If you have one of the above mentioned cars, head to their site for more info than you'll ever need about this recall.

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