Toyota Recalls Nearly 700,000 Vehicles for Potential Brake Light and Air-Bag Failures

In an example of how small flaws can lead to big bills, Toyota announced this week that a trace of silicone grease and a steering-wheel flutter were behind two recalls covering nearly 700,000 vehicles, according to documents the automaker filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The actions affect almost 187,000 Venzas from 2009-11 and Camrys from 2009, as well as about 495,000 Tacoma pickups from 2005-9.

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Toyota Says Camry Is ‘Reinvented’ for 2012

“That’s the most excitement that we’ve ever had for the introduction of a new model,” Bob Carter, the Toyota division group vice president and general manager, said from a production lot at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Calif. A troupe of dancers, skateboarders and contortionists had taken their leave just seconds earlier. Mr. Carter did not specify, however, whether the excitement was generated by, or for, the new model in question.

The 2012 Camry was introduced Tuesday by Mr. Carter in Hollywood via Webcast, and by various Toyota executives across the country in a coordinated debut. Dealers are expected to receive the refreshed sedan in October.
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