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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain model year 2013 Highlander vehicles; REAR SEATS 
Report Receipt Date: MAR 27, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V148000 
Component(s):  REAR SEATS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 46,757 

APRIL 2014 -- Toyota is recalling certain model year 2013 Highlander vehicles manufactured March 13, 2013, through August 6, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the second row left hand seat may not lock in place when positioned in the forward front or second adjusting position. As such, the vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 207, "Seating Systems." If the seat does not lock into the seat track, there may be an increased risk of injury to an occupant in the event of a crash. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will modify the second row left hand seat so that it will lock into the seat track, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006-2010 Yaris vehicles; SEATS
Report Receipt Date: APR 09, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V169000 
Component(s): SEATS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 472,388 

APRIL 2014 -- Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006-2010 Yaris vehicles manufactured August 22, 2005, through May 12, 2010, and 2008-2010 Scion xD vehicles manufactured April 4, 2007, through May 12, 2010. In the affected vehicles, the springs used for the seat rails on the driver's seat and the seat rails of the front passenger seat of three-door models may break. If the spring breaks, the seat may not lock in position. In the event of a vehicle crash, the seat could move increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat rail, and replace it with a new one, if necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006-2008 RAV4, 2006-2010 Yaris, 2008-2010 Highlander, and 2009-2010 Tacoma, Corolla, Corolla Matrix and General Motors Pontiac Vibe vehicles; AIR BAGS 
Report Receipt Date: APR 09, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V168000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,291,449

APRIL 2014 -- Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006-2008 RAV4, 2006-2010 Yaris, 2008-2010 Highlander, and 2009-2010 Tacoma, Corolla, Corolla Matrix and General Motors Pontiac Vibe vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the steering column assembly contains electrical connections to the driver's airbag module housed in a spiral cable assembly, which includes a Flexible Flat Cable (FFC). Due to the shape and location of the FFC's retainer, the FFC could become damaged when the steering wheel is turned. If the FFC is damaged, connectivity to the driver's air bag module could be lost and the air bag deactivated. The failure of the driver's air bag to deploy in the event of a crash that typically necessitates deployment increases the risk of injury to the driver. Toyota will notify the Toyota vehicle owners, and General Motors will notify the Pontiac Vibe owners. Toyota will send their owners an interim notification letter in late April 2014 to advise owners of the recall, and will mail owners a second letter when remedy parts are available. General Motors has not yet provided a notification schedule for the Pontiac Vibe owners. When the parts are available, dealers will replace the spiral cable assembly, free of charge. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Avalon vehicles
Report Receipt Date: MAR 27, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V147000 
Component(s): 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 119,140 

MARCH 2014 -- Toyota is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Avalon vehicles manufactured June 5, 2002, through December 20, 2004. In these vehicles, the supplemental restraint system (SRS) circuits are susceptible to internal shorting. The electrical short may create an abnormal current flow and increased heat which can damage the circuits. This could result in an inadvertent deployment of the front air bags and/or seat belt pretensioners. Inadvertent deployment of the air bags or the seat belt pretensioners increases the risk of an injury or crash. Toyota will notify owners and dealers will install a noise filter between the air bag control module and the wire harness, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain model year 2014 Highlander vehicles; SEAT BELTS   
Report Receipt Date: FEB 07, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V051000 
Component(s):  SEAT BELTS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7,067  

MARCH 2014 -- Toyota is recalling certain model year 2014 Highlander vehicles manufactured November 20, 2013, through January 18, 2014. The third row middle seat belt assembly might not have been properly secured to the vehicle floor anchorage during vehicle assembly. As such, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 210, "Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages." A seat belt that is not properly secured to its anchorage could increase the risk of injury to an occupant in the event of a crash. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the third row middle seat belt anchor, and, if necessary, properly secure it to the vehicle floor anchorage, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain 2012-2013 Toyota Tacoma and Lexus RX350 vehicles and certain 2012 Toyota Rav4 vehicles; ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL , SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC 
Report Receipt Date: FEB 12, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V054000 
Component(s): ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL , SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 261,114 

FEBRUARY 2014 -- Toyota is recalling certain model year 2012 and 2013 Toyota Tacoma and Lexus RX350 vehicles and certain model year 2012 Toyota Rav4 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the brake system contains a brake actuator that adjusts the fluid pressure of each wheel cylinder. An electrical component within the actuator may experience an increased resistance resulting in the illumination of various warning lights, including those for the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system, Antilock Brake System (ABS), and Traction Control system. If this occurs, these systems could become inoperative, reducing the directional control assistance, increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota will notify owners, and Toyota and Lexus dealers will update the software for the Skid Control electronic control unit, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain 2010 through 2014 Prius vehicles; HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM 
Report Receipt Date: FEB 12, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V053000 
Component(s): HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 700,000 

FEBRUARY 2014 -- Toyota is recalling certain model year 2010 through 2014 Prius vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the Intelligent Power Module (IPM) inside the inverter module (a component of the hybrid system) contains transistors that may become damaged from high operating temperatures. If this occurs, various warning lamps will be illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle will have reduced power allowing it to only drive a short distance. The vehicle may enter a fail-safe/limp-home mode that limits the drivability of the vehicle. The hybrid system could also shut down completely resulting in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota will notify owners and dealers will update the software for both the motor/generator control electronic control unit (ECU) and the hybrid control ECU, free of charge. If an owner experiences a failure of the inverter before the vehicle receives updated software, the dealer will replace the inverter assembly with a new one at no charge. The recall is expected to begin in late February 2014. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota to recall 1.9 million Prius cars for software defect in hybrid system
Yahoo News  @ February 12, 2014

FEBRUARY 2013 -- Toyota Motor Corp on Wednesday issued a recall covering all 1.9 million of the third-generation Prius cars sold worldwide, due to a programming glitch in their hybrid system.

About half of the recalls are in Japan and 713,000 in North America, a Toyota spokeswoman said. No accidents have been reported related to the defect.

Toyota said the problem was in the software used to control the boost converter in a module that is part of the hybrid system.

"The setting of the software could cause higher thermal stress in certain transistors within the booster converter, and these transistors could deform or become damaged as a result," Toyota said.

"This will result in various warning lights being illuminated, and will probably cause the vehicle to enter a failsafe mode," it said, noting that the car can be driven but with reduced driving power.

In limited cases, the hybrid system could shut down, causing the vehicle to stop, possibly while it is being driven, Toyota said.

The latest action would be the third recall for the current, five-year-old Prius, most recently in June last year for problems related to the brake accumulator. The Prius is one of Toyota's best-selling models, and has become synonymous with the fuel-saving hybrid technology.

Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker, does not disclose cost estimates for recalls.

The number of vehicles called back for a single defect has ballooned over the years as car makers increasingly use common parts across multiple models to save development and procurement costs.

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Tacoma vehicles; ENGINE
Report Receipt Date: NOV 07, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V557000 
Component(s): ENGINE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,795 

DECEMBER 2013 - Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Tacoma vehicles manufactured July 1, 2013, through October 11, 2013. The engines of the affected vehicles contain valve springs that may break over time. If the valve springs break, the engine could fail and stall while the vehicle is being driven, increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the valve springs, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain 2013-2014 Camry, 2013 Avalon and 2014 Corolla vehicles; VISIBILITY
Report Receipt Date: OCT 17, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V505000
Component(s): VISIBILITY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 9,795

NOVEMBER 2013 - Toyota Motor Engineering & manufacturing North America, Inc. (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Camry and Camry HV, model year 2013 Avalon and Avalon HV and model year 2014 Corolla vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the windshield wiper switch assembly may short circuit. As such, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, No. 104, "Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems." A short circuit could cause inoperative windshield wipers, reducing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiper switch assembly, free of charge. The recall began on November 8, 2013. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC is recalling certain 2012-2013 Tacoma vehicles equipped with 18" Maverick Alloy Wheels
Report Receipt Date: OCT 17, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V494000
Component(s): TIRES
Potential Number of Units Affected: 979

NOVEMBER 2013 - Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Tacoma vehicles equipped with 18" Maverick Alloy Wheels. In the affected vehicles, the spare tire requires the use of a different style of lug nut to attach it to the vehicle than the other wheels use. These lug nuts were not provided with the vehicle. If the spare tire/wheel is installed on the vehicle using the lug nuts from another wheel, damage to the wheel could result and may eventually lead to a loose wheel, increasing the risk of a crash. SET will notify owners, and dealers will: (a) Install a Warning Label on the spare tire/wheel, (b) supply a bag containing proper spare wheel lug nuts, and (c) place an Owner's Manual Addendum in the vehicle's glove box. The recall is expected to begin in November 2013. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain 2012-2013 Avalon, Venza and Camry vehicles
Report Receipt Date: OCT 17, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V442000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS , ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , EQUIPMENT 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 802,769 

OCTOBER 2013 - Toyota is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Avalon, Avalon HV, Venza, Camry, and Camry HV vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the drain hose for the air conditioning condenser may become clogged causing water to accumulate at the bottom of the air conditioning condenser unit housing. The accumulated water may then leak through a seam in the housing onto the air bag control module potentially resulting in a short circuit of the module. A short circuit may cause the air bags to become disabled or inadvertently deploy. An inadvertent airbag deployment can increase the risk of injury or the possibility of a crash. An inoperative airbag can increase the risk of injury in a severe crash. The power steering assist could also become inoperable resulting in increased steering effort and can increase the risk of a crash at low speeds. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will seal the air conditioning condenser unit housing and install a protective cover on the airbag control module, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota recalls 885,000 vehicles to fix water leak risk; 2012-2013 Camry, Avalon, Venza
Yahoo News @ October 18, 2013

OCTOBER 2013 - Toyota said Thursday it was recalling 885,000 vehicles worldwide to fix a problem with air conditioning equipment that could cause a leak that could affect air bags.

Toyota said the recall was for model years 2012 and 2013 of its Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, and Venza vehicles.

The bulk of the recalled vehicles are in the United States -- 803,000 -- while 15,000 are in the Middle East and 1,600 in Europe.

The problem is with the air conditioning condenser unit housing in the vehicles, the Japanese automaker said in a statement.

Water from the housing could leak onto the airbag control module and cause a short circuit, resulting in illumination of the airbag warning light and, in some instances, the air bag "could become disabled or could inadvertently deploy."

Toyota also said there was also a chance the power steering assist function could become inoperable if a communication line in the airbag control module were damaged.

The company said its dealers will apply sealant and install a cover to the air conditioning condenser unit housing seam on the recalled vehicles.

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain 2004-2005 and 2007-2009 Sienna vehicles
Report Receipt Date: SEP 26, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V429000 
Component(s): POWER TRAIN 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 614,722 

SEPTEMBER 2013 - Toyota is recalling certain model year 2004-2005 Sienna vehicles manufactured January 10, 2003, through August 10, 2005; and model year 2007-2009 Sienna vehicles manufactured February 20, 2007, through December 12, 2008. In the affected vehicles, due to a problem within the shift lock solenoid, there is a possibility that the shift lever could be moved out of Park position without depressing the brake pedal. If the shift lever is moved out of the Park position without the brake applied, the transmission will either engage a drive gear or Neutral, increasing the risk of a backover or roll away crash. Toyota will mail interim notifications to owners beginning in late October 2013. When parts are available, owners will be sent a second notice and dealers will replace the shift lock solenoid, free of charge. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain 2006- 2011 RAV4 and 2010 Lexus HS250h passenger vehicles
Report Receipt Date: AUG 28, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V383000 
Component(s): SUSPENSION 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 780,584  

SEPTEMBER 2013 - Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006 through 2011 RAV4 and 2010 Lexus HS250h passenger vehicles manufactured from October 2005 through September 2010. If the nuts for adjusting the rear wheel alignment are improperly tightened during service, the rear suspension arm (rear tire rod) may develop unwanted movement and rust leading to thread damage and eventual failure. Failure of the rear tire rod will cause an abrupt change in the vehicle's alignment.Failure of the rear tie rod could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the tie rods and replace any that have rust or corrosion on the alignment adjustment threads. All of the rear tie rods will then be encased in an epoxy to prevent future environmental damage. Due to limitations in parts, the recall remedy will be launched in phases from September 2013 through February 2014. All owners will receive notification of the recall, with most receiving second notifications when parts are available in their area. IMPORTANT: This recall supersedes Toyota and Lexus recall 12V-373. All vehicles that have been inspected and remedied under the previous recall need to be re-inspected and have the appropriate remedy applied. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006-2010 Highlander hybrid vehicles
Report Receipt Date: SEP 04, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V396000 
Component(s): HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 133,081 

SEPTEMBER 2013 - Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006-2010 Highlander hybrid vehicles manufactured February 16, 2005, through July 29, 2010; and model year 2006-2008 Lexus RX400h vehicles manufactured February 23, 2005, through December 2, 2008. The Intelligent Power Module (IPM) inside the inverter module may contain transistors that have higher operating temperatures than the solder can support and the transistors may be heat damaged by the solder. If this occurs, various warning lamps, including the malfunction indicator lamp, slip indicator light, brake system warning light, and master warning light, will be illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle may enter a fail-safe/limp-home mode that limits the drivability of the vehicle. It is possible that the hybrid system will shut down while the vehicle is being driven, causing the vehicle to stall unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the IPM free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late September 2013. Vehicles that had their IPM replaced under recall 11V-342 are not affected by this campaign. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain 2007-2011 Lexus GS350 and 2006-2011 Lexus IS350 vehicles and 2010-2011 Lexus IS350c vehicles
Report Receipt Date: SEP 04, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V395000 
Component(s): ENGINE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 101,584  

SEPTEMBER 2013 - Toyota is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 Lexus GS350 vehicles manufactured June 19, 2006, through July 12, 2011; and model year 2006-2011 Lexus IS350 vehicles manufactured May 27, 2005, through July 13, 2011; and model year 2010-2011 Lexus IS350c vehicles manufactured November 25, 2009, through July 19, 2011. These vehicles, equipped with the 2GR-FSE engine, use bolts to secure the housing and sprocket of the Variable-Valve Timing (VVT) system gear assembly. These bolts could become loose due to abnormal impacts generated within the gear assembly immediately after a cold The loose bolts could cause the VVT gear housing and sprocket to separate and result in the engine stopping while the vehicle is being driven, increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota will notify owners, and Lexus dealers will replace the VVT unit free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota recalls 369,000 vehicles worldwide
Detroit Free Press @ September 4, 2013

SEPTEMBER 2013 - Toyota is recalling 200,000 vehicles worldwide for a hybrid-system problem and another 169,000 vehicles for an engine bolt defect.

Toyota Motor Corp. spokeswoman Shino Yamada said today there were no accidents related to either recall.

The first recall is over an inverter in the hybrid system for the Lexus RX400 and the Highlander models overseas, and the Harrier and Kluger hybrids in Japan. Some 141,000 vehicles are being recalled in the U.S. and 15,000 in Japan.

The defect may cause an alarm to go off, and the hybrid may stop running, according to Toyota.

The second involves the Lexus GS350, IS350, Crown and Mark X models, including 106,000 vehicles in North America and 59,000 vehicles in Japan.

The bolts may loosen, causing the engine to stall, according to the automaker.

Toyota’s reputation for quality was tarnished by massive global recalls that started five years ago and ultimately encompassed almost every model in its lineup and totaled more than 10 million vehicles.

The company was criticized for being reluctant to admit to quality defects and slow to initiate proper recalls. Stung by the fiasco, Toyota has since redoubled its quality control efforts to salvage its brand, particularly in the crucial U.S. market.

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain model year 2005-2010 Tacoma Access Cab vehicles
Report Receipt Date: AUG 07, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V337000 
Component(s): SEAT BELTS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 342,451 

AUGUST 2013 - Toyota is recalling certain model year 2005-2010 Tacoma Access Cab vehicles manufactured September 14, 2004, through March 29, 2010; and model year 2011 Tacoma Access Cab vehicles manufactured July 1, 2010, through September 7, 2011. If the access doors are repeatedly and forcefully closed, the screws that attach the seat belt pre-tensioner to the seat belt retractor can loosen over time. If the screws loosen completely, the seat belt pre-tensioner and the retractor spring cover could detach from the seat belt retractor. If the seat belt pre-tensioner detaches from the seat belt assembly, the seat belt pre-tensioner will not perform as designed, increasing the risk of injury in a severe crash. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat belt assemblies. Based on the inspection, the seat belt assembly will be replaced or new pre-tensioner screws will be installed with thread-locking sealant and a retractor spring cover with stopper ribs to prevent loosening of the screws. These services will be provided at no cost to the owner. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain model year 2012 Yaris vehicles
Report Receipt Date: JUL 03, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V292000 
Component(s): STEERING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 74 

JUNE 2013 - Toyota is recalling certain model year 2012 Yaris vehicles manufactured August 21, 2011, through August 31, 2011. A relay in the Power Steering Control Module of the electronic power steering system could experience a short circuit due to insufficient distance between terminals in the relay and moisture contamination of relay coil windings. A short circuit in the relay could disable power steering assistance. If the power steering assistance shuts off, the driver may have difficulty steering the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the power steering control module. The recall is expected to begin in late July 2013. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain 2010 Prius and 2010 Lexus HS250h vehicles
Report Receipt Date: JUN 05, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V235000 
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 87,060 

JUNE 2013 - Toyota is recalling certain model year 2010 Prius vehicles manufactured March 31, 2009, through October 9, 2009; and model year 2010 Lexus HS250h vehicles manufactured June 19, 2009, through October 9, 2009. Nitrogen gas from a component of the brake booster pump assembly could leak into the brake fluid. As nitrogen is released into the brake fluid, the brake pedal may have reduced hydraulic pressure. Under certain circumstances, this condition could affect stopping distance and increase the risk of a crash. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected brake booster pump assemblies. The recall is expected to begin in late July 2013.Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota recalls 91,,000 Prius, Lexus hybrid cars in the USA
Yahoo News  @ June 5, 2013

JUNE 2013 -- Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it is recalling about 242,000 of its Prius and Lexus hybrid vehicles due to problems with their braking systems.

The recall applies to about 233,000 Prius vehicles made between March and October 2009 and about 9,000 Lexus HS250h models made between June and October 2009.

The Prius vehicles affected are sold worldwide. The Lexus sedans are sold in the U.S. and Japan.

Of the total, 91,000 were sold in North America. Another 30,000 were sold in Europe.

The automaker said brake pressure parts in the vehicles are made of a weak material that could crack due to vibration, slowing response times.

It said there were no accidents or injuries caused by the problem so far, but the company has received dozens of complaints.

Toyota suffered a blow to its reputation from a series of massive recalls in 2009 and 2010, including faulty braking, sticky gas pedals and defective floor mats.

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain 2007-2013 FJ Cruiser vehicles
Report Receipt Date: APR 25, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V163000 
Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 11,489

APRIL 2013 --Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2007-2013 FJ Cruiser vehicles manufactured January 25, 2006 through February 23, 2013 and equipped with a Toyota Auxiliary Driving Lamp Kits mounted to the front bumper. These lamp assemblies include 55 watt bulbs and due to this wattage and mounting angle, the combination of the upper beam headlamps plus the auxiliary lamps are too bright and exceed the maximum light output allowed for an upper beam headlamp. Therefore, these vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, "Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment." Light intensities above the maximum allowable limit could cause increased glare for oncoming traffic and increase the risk of a crash. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the 55 watt bulbs with 35 watt bulbs, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late May 2013. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota recalls certain 2002-2004 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra, Lexus SC, and Pontiac Vibe vehicles
Report Receipt Date: APR 11, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V133000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 0 

APRIL 2013 -- Toyota is recalling certain model year 2002 through 2004 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra, Lexus SC, and Pontiac Vibe vehicles to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag which may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag. This recall addresses both the passenger side frontal air bags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement air bags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. A replacement air bag may have been installed, as one example, if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger side frontal air bag. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants. Toyota will notify owners of affected Toyota and Lexus vehicles and General Motors will notify owners of affected Pontiac Vibe vehicles. Toyota, Lexus, and GM dealers will inspect vehicles, and where a defective air bag inflator is identified, the inflator will be replaced, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided the agency with a notification schedule. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota, Honda, Nissan recall 2 million vehicles with air bag problem
Yahoo News  @ April 11, 2013

APRIL 2013 -- Toyota, Honda and Nissan are recalling more than 3 million vehicles globally for an identical problem with air bags on the passenger side whose inflator may burst, sending plastic pieces flying.

No injuries have been reported related to the problem.

The recall for air bags made by Japan's Takata Corp. affects other automakers including non-Japanese manufacturers, Takata spokeswoman Akiko Watanabe said Thursday. She declined to give details.

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 1.7 million vehicles, with some 580,000 in North America, another 490,000 in Europe and 320,000 in Japan. Affected models include the Corolla, Tundra, Lexus SC, produced between November 2000 and March 2004.

Toyota said it had received five reports of air bag problems, three in the U.S. and two in Japan, but there have been no injuries.

The automaker suffered a blow to its reputation from a series of massive recalls in 2009 and 2010, including faulty braking, sticky gas pedals and defective floor mats, partly a reflection of how various models used the same parts to save costs. But the latest recall is affecting other major automakers as well.

Honda Motor Co. is recalling 1.1 million vehicles. About 680,000 are in North America, 270,000 in Japan and 64,000 in Europe. The models include the Civic, CR-V and Odyssey.

The automakers have reported the problem to the Transport Ministry in Japan, and will be reporting other recalls later in the day in other regions, they said.
The recall extends to Latin America, China, other Asian nations, the Middle East and Africa.

Nissan Motor Co. recalled 480,000 vehicles globally, some 137,000 of them in Japan, for the air bag problem.

The Yokohama-based automaker said vehicles in North America and Europe are affected, but did not immediately have other details on its 343,000 overseas recalls.
Recalled models in Japan include the Cube, X-Trail, Maxima and Teana, made from August 2000 to January 2004, spokesman said.

The problem crept in because of two human errors during production. A worker forgot to turn on the switch for a system weeding out defective products and parts were improperly stored, which exposed them to humidity, according to Honda spokeswoman.

Also affected under the same recall were the RX-8 and Mazda 6 at Mazda Motor Corp.

The Hiroshima-based automaker said 45,000 vehicles were recalled, including 4,000 in Japan. It did not give numbers for other regions, but said recalls will be announced in North America, Europe, China and other nations.

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain 2007 through 2013 FJ Cruiser vehicles
Report Receipt Date: MAR 15, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V098000  @  www.Safercar.Gov
Component(s): SEAT BELTS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 209,000 

MARCH 2013 --Toyota is recalling certain model year 2007 through 2013 FJ Cruiser passenger vehicles. The retractors for the front driver and passenger seat belts are mounted in the access door (rear door) panels of the vehicle. Due to insufficient strength of the access door panel, cracks may develop in the panel if the access door is repeatedly and forcefully closed over an extended period of time. If cracks occur in the panel around the lower retractor anchor, the seat belt retractor could become detached, which could increase the risk of injury to an occupant in the event of a crash. Toyota is currently developing a remedy. Toyota has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain 2006-2012 Lexus IS250 and IS350 vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 13V030000   @  www.Safercar.Gov

FEBRUARY 2013 -- Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006-2012 Lexus IS250 and IS350 vehicles manufactured August 23, 2005, through October 5, 2011; 2010-2012 Lexus IS250C and IS350C vehicles manufactured April 10, 2009, through October 6, 2011; and 2008-2011 Lexus IS-F vehicles manufactured December 14, 2007, through July 10, 2011. The nuts that fasten the wiper arms may be insufficiently torqued such that if the wiper arms are restricted by an external load, such as a buildup of heavy snow, one or both of the wipers may become inoperative.Inoperative wipers could reduce driver visibility and increase the risk of a vehicle crash.Toyota will notify owners, and Lexus dealers will install new wiper arm nuts, free of charge. The recall will begin in late February 2013. . Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. 13V030000 

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain 2003-2004 Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 13V029000    @  www.Safercar.Gov

FEBRUARY 2013 -- Toyota is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles and 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe vehicles. The supplemental restraint system (SRS) circuits are susceptible to internal shorting. The electrical short may create an abnormal current flow and increased heat which can damage the circuits. This could result in an inadvertent deployment of the front airbags and/or seat belt pretensioners. Inadvertent deployment of the airbags or the seat belt pretensioners may increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a vehicle crash. Toyota will notify their owners, and General Motors will notify theirs. Dealers will install a supplemental harness containing an electrical filter between the airbag control module and its wire harness, free of charge. A notification schedule has not been provided. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. 13V029000  

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling 1.3 million vehicles worldwide
Detroit News  @ January 30, 2013

JANUARY 2013 -- Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it is recalling 1.3 million vehicles worldwide — including more than 1.1 million in the United States — the latest big recall for the automaker that has led in recalls in three of the last four years.

The recall covers about 900,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix models worldwide for potentially faulty airbags and 385,000 Lexus IS cars for defective wipers.

The recall covers 752,000 2003-04 Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles in the United States and approximately 270,000 2006-12 Lexus IS vehicles.

Toyota also said General Motors is recalling 135,000 Pontiac Vibes that were built at a now-shuttered joint assembly plant in California.

The investigation began in August 2012 when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked other automakers for information on airbag malfunctions using the same chip that was used in Chrysler Jeep Liberty SUVs that were under investigation.

Toyota said the airbag control module for the supplemental restraint system in the Corolla and Corolla Matrix may have circuits that are susceptible to internal shorting. These could experience an internal short that creates abnormal current flow and increased heat and lead to the front airbags and seat belt pretensioners inadvertently deploying.

The second safety recall involves the front wipers on certain Lexus IS vehicles where the wiper arm nut might not be sufficiently tight. If movement of the wipers is restricted by an external load, such as a buildup of heavy snow on the windshield, one or both of the wipers could become inoperative.

Toyota said it first had a report of an inoperative wiper in May 2008, but said despite more reports "there was no clear trend and the failure rate was very low." Toyota adjusted its assembly process in July 2009 and then in July 2011 switched the wiper arm nut assembly for one used with other Toyota and Lexus models — but the company didn't opt to recall the vehicles until it investigated for another 18 months.

A Toyota spokesman in Toyoka, Japan, told the Associated Press that 18 injuries have been reported in the United States related to the air bag problem, along with two crashes. In total, it received 46 reports of problems involving the air bags from North America, and one from Japan, and 25 reports of problems related to the windshield wipers, the AP said.

Last month, Toyota said it would pay more than $1 billion to settle lawsuits stemming from its recall of more than 14 million vehicles for sudden acceleration issues and agreed to pay a record-setting $17.35 million U.S. fine for delaying the recall of 154,000 Lexus SUVs over pedal entrapment issues.READ MORE...

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain 2001 through 2004 Tacoma trucks
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V542000  @  www.Safercar.Gov

NOVEMBER 2012 -- Toyota is recalling certain model year 2001 through 2004 Tacoma light trucks manufactured from August 28, 2000, through August 27, 2004, and originally sold, or currently registered, in the following cold climate states with high road salt usage: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. The spare tire in the subject vehicles is located underneath the rear of the vehicle and held by a spare tire carrier. A lift plate on the carrier is used to help raise, lower and retain the tire. During its manufacture, the lift plate may not have been sufficiently coated with anticorrosion materials. If the plate is insufficiently coated and the vehicle is operated in cold climate regions where road salts are frequently used, road spray can reach the carrier assembly and corrode the lift plate. Corrosion of the plate could cause it to break, which could result in detachment of the spare tire from the vehicle. Detachment of the spare tire could result in a road hazard which may increase the risk of a vehicle crash. A remedy for this defect is currently being developed. Toyota will notify owners when a remedy plan has been finalized. The recall is expected to begin during December 2012. 12V-542

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain 2004-2009 Prius vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V537000  @  www.Safercar.Gov

NOVEMBER 2012 -- Toyota is recalling certain model year 2004-2009 Prius vehicles manufactured August 5, 2003, through March 30, 2009. The affected vehicles have a steering intermediate extension shaft assembly built with metal splines that complete the connection from the steering wheel to the steering gear. These splines may have been manufactured with an insufficient hardness. Over time, the splines may wear and eventually fail resulting in a loss of steering ability, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the extension shaft and replace it if it is one with insufficient hardness, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2012. 12V-537

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain 2004-2009 Prius vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V536000  @  www.Safercar.Gov

NOVEMBER 2012 -- Toyota is recalling certain model year 2004-2009 Prius vehicles manufactured August 6, 2003, through March 30, 2009 and FCHV-adv vehicles manufactured December 12, 2008, through September 13, 2011. During manufacturing, a scratch may have occurred inside of the electrically driven water pump at the coil wire. The coil wire may corrode at the scratched portion. The corroded coil wire may break and the water pump could stop. A short circuit between coil wires may result, creating a stall-like condition of the hybrid system while the vehicle is being driven. This may increase the risk of a vehicle crash. Toyota will notify its owners, and dealers will replace the electric water pump, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during December 2012. 12V-536

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NEWS: Toyota is recalling certain 2012-2013 Scion IQ vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V528000  @  www.Safercar.Gov

NOVEMBER 2012 -- Toyota is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Scion IQ vehicles manufactured July 31, 2011, through October 12, 2012. The cable for the Occupant Classification System (OCS) may become damaged when sliding the passenger seat forward or backward. If the cable for the OCS becomes damaged, the front passenger airbags may not deploy or they may deploy inappropriately for the passenger's size and position. This could increase the risk of personal injury during the event of a vehicle crash necessitating airbag deployment. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install a protective cover on the OCS weight sensor cable. The recall is expected to begin in December 2012. . 12V-528

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NEWS: Toyota to recall 2.5 million vehicles in the USA over power window glitch
NHTSA Recall Campaign ID# 12V491000 @  www.SaferCar.gov

OCTOBER 2012 --  Toyota is recalling certain model year 2007-2009 Camry, Camry Hybrid, RAV4, Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Tundra, Sequoia, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, Yaris, Scion xB, Scion xD and Pontiac Vibe vehicles. The power window master switch assemblies in some of these vehicles were built using a less precise process for lubricating the internal components of the switch assemblies. Irregularities in this lubrication process may cause the power window master switch assemblies to malfunction and overheat.
If the switch overheats, it may melt, possibly resulting in a fire. Toyota will notify its owners, and dealers will inspect the switch and apply a special grease that inhibits heat build up or replace any switch damaged by the defect, free of charge. Toyota owners that experience a problem with a switch should not attempt to make repairs, but should contact their Toyota dealer or the Toyota Customer Experience Center. General Motors will contact the Pontiac Vibe owners affected by this recall and GM dealers will inspect and repair switches as necessary. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.   12V491000

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NEWS:  Toyota to recall 2.5 million vehicles in the USA over power window glitch 
YAHOO NEWS -- October 9, 2012

OCTOBER 2012 --  Toyota Motor Corp said it would recall more than 7.4 million vehicles worldwide as a faulty power window switch was a potential fire hazard, the latest in a series of setbacks that have dented the reputation of Japan's biggest automaker.

The voluntary move is the biggest single recall since Ford pulled 8 million vehicles off the road in 1996 to replace defective ignition switches that could have caused engine fires.

The recall, intended to fix a malfunctioning power window switch on the driver's side, primarily affects cars in the United States, China and Europe.

The recall will include some Yaris and Corolla models, with repairs taking about 40 minutes, the company said.

"The process to repair (the power window switch) is not an extensive one," spokeswoman Monika Saito said, adding that it would involve putting heat-resistant grease on the switches, or exchanging them.

"Of course, 7 million vehicles is a huge number, but it's probably not going to be like last time when customers in the United States avoided buying Toyota cars. This sounds like a completely different scale from then," he said.

The recall will include 2.47 million vehicles in the United States, 1.4 million in China and 1.39 million in Europe, the company said.

No accidents, injuries or deaths have been reported as a result of the problem, though there is a possibility the malfunctioning switches could emit smoke, Saito said. Toyota's U.S. news release said the problem could lead to fire if commercially available lubricants were used on the switch.

The first time the problem was reported was in September 2008 in the United States, Saito said.

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NEWS:  Toyota recalls 878K vehicles for rear suspension, Toyota RAV4 and Lexus HS 250h 
Drivers say failed rear suspension sent cars, SUVs out of control
DETROIT  NEWS -- August 1, 2012

AUGUST 2012 -- Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it is recalling 878,000 vehicles because some drivers say the rear suspension has failed, causing them to lose control.

The recall includes 760,000 2006-2011 RAV4 SUVs and 18,000 2010 Lexus HS 250h cars in the U.S., and comes less than two months after the government opened an investigation into reports of failures in rear tie rods.

An additional 100,000 vehicles, including 99,000 RAV4s, are being recalled in Canada.

Four drivers reported they lost control while driving at high speeds.

Toyota says nine crashes and three minor injuries resulted from the problem.

The Japanese automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the problem is not a manufacturing defect, but rather the result of improper tightening of turnbuckle nuts by service technicians.

Toyota said that if the nuts on the rear suspension arm are not tightened properly during a rear wheel alignment, excessive movement may occur at the threaded portion of the arm, followed by rust.

The automaker said it first began receiving reports of the condition in 2008, but didn't detect a "clear trend of failure" and said the failure rate was low. In August 2010, Toyota introduced a new suspension arm on the vehicles.

In August 2011, it inspected 52 vehicles and found that just one, with a history of rear wheel alignments, had loose nuts.

In May, Toyota received a complaint of a customer crash. The automaker inspected the scene of the crash and learned that non-factory applied lubricant had been used, evidence of rear wheel service. The company inspected 25 vehicles in service and found loose nuts on one vehicle.

NHTSA opened its investigation in June.

"Toyota has concluded that this issue is caused by the improper tightening of the lock nut during adjustment of the rear wheel alignment in the field," Toyota told NHTSA.

"However, Toyota decided to conduct a voluntarily safety recall campaign to ensure proper tightening of the lock nuts."

Toyota is developing a fix. Once the remedy is available, the automaker will notify vehicle owners.

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NEWS:  Toyota to recall Lexus SUVs to fix floor mat
YAHOO NEWS -- June 29,  2012

JUNE 2012 --  Toyota's problems with unintended acceleration just won't go away. Federal safety regulators said Friday that they have asked the company to recall about 154,000 Lexus SUVs because their floor mats can trap the gas pedal and cause the vehicles to speed up without warning. The agency is also said it may investigate whether Toyota told the agency about problems quickly enough.

The move adds the 2010 model year Lexus RX 350 and RX 450 to a string of safety recalls that date to 2009. Toyota has recalled more than 14 million vehicles globally to fix problems including sticky gas pedals and floor mats. The recalls tarnished the company's reputation for reliability and cut into sales.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it requested the SUV recall after reviewing complaints from customers and information from Toyota.

The agency said gas pedals can become trapped by floor mats, causing the SUVs to accelerate unexpectedly. The agency said people with the SUVs should remove the driver's side floor mat and have their vehicles serviced quickly.

Toyota said owners will be notified by mail in early August, and dealers will fix the problem for free.

Experts say if your car accelerates unexpectedly, you should step on the brake and shift into neutral or shut off the engine.

Toyota paid the U S. government a record $48.8 million in fines for failing to promptly alert U.S. regulators to safe.   READ MORE....

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NEWS:   Toyota is recalling certain model year 2013 Scion FR-S vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V255000  @  www.Safercar.Gov

JUNE 2012 -- Toyota is recalling certain model year 2013 Scion FR-S vehicles manufactured from march 22, 2012, through May 14, 2012. The owner’s manual contains an inaccurate description of the actual operation of the front passenger occupant classification system. Other portions of the owner’s manual, describing the air bag system, require clarification. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with federal motor vehicle safety standard (fmvss) no. 208, “occupant crash protection.” If a user reads and follows inaccurate owner’s manual information, this could lead to an increased risk of injury to a front passenger seat occupant under certain crash conditions. Toyota will notify owners, and will mail corrected inserts for the owner’s manuals, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during june 2012. Customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov   12V-255

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NEWS:  Toyota is recalling certain model year 2013 Lexus GS350 vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V221000  @  www.Safercar.Gov

MAY 2012 --  Toyota is recalling certain model year 2013 Lexus gs350 vehicles, manufactured from December 12, 2011, through February 7, 2012. The steering control electronic control unit (ecu) programming for the variable gear ratio steering (vgrs) system could cause the steering wheel to become off-centered when restarting immediately after the vehicle is parked with the steering wheel turned. If this occurs, the driver may not realize that the steering wheel is off-centered when pulling from a parked position, the vehicle could maneuver in an unexpected direction, resulting in a crash. Toyota will notify owners, and Lexus dealers will update the vgrs system free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in early June 2012. Customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov 12V-221

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NEWS:  Toyota is recalling 700,000 vehicles in the United States. Tacoma:faulty air bags; Camry & Venza:faulty brake light switch
Detroit News -- March 8, 2012

MARCH  2012 -- 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. ....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 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 received 162 complaints.

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    READ MORE >>>

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NEWS:   Feds open fire probe into 830K Toyota Camry, RAV4 vehicles
Detroit News -- February 10, 2012

FEBRUARY  2012 -- Federal safety regulators have opened an investigation into 830,000 Toyota vehicles over complaints of fires sparked by power window switches.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it was opening a preliminary investigation into the 2007 Camry and RAV4 after receiving six consumer complaints alleging a fire in the driver's side door.

"Based on the available information, it appears the fires are originating from the power window master switch located on the driver's door," NHTSA said.

None of the complaints filed with NHTSA allege any injuries but some say the fires caused serious damage....One complaint said the driver was coming home from work last month and saw a flame came out of the left power switch. "I was so scared," the driver wrote.  Another owner of a 2007 Camry said she saw flames coming from the door and the vehicle was declared a total loss. Another driver said the window power switch caught fire in August. "Toyota would not fix because (too) many miles," the complaint said. "I was so afraid to drive the fire trap I traded it in for a new car. .....Toyota said it is aware of the investigation and is working with NHTSA. "Toyota will fully cooperate with the agency in its efforts to investigate these allegations," Toyota spokeswoman said.   READ MORE...

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NEWS:   Toyota is recalling 2011 RAV4 vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V029000  @  www.Safercar.Gov

FEBRUARY  2012 -- Toyota is recalling certain model year 2011 RAV4 vehicles, manufactured from November 24, 2011, through December 19, 2011. In the curtain shield airbags, propellant with the incorrect specification was used for the initiator assembled in the airbag inflator. In this condition, the inflator may not perform properly, causing one or both curtain shield airbags to not deploy. In the event of a crash, the airbags may not deploy and will not be able to properly protect an occupant, increasing the risk of injuries. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will check the vehicle identification number to identify the curtain shield assemblies and replace the assemblies as necessary with new ones free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin early march 2012.  Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov12V-029

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