Toyota Recalls Certain Sienna, Camry Models

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
toyota recalls certain sienna camry models

Two different recall campaigns were announced yesterday by Toyota. One affects the Camry, while the other is for a deficiency with some new Sienna models. Both are related to safety equipment (as most recalls usually are) with the sedan and minivan being recalled for brake and seat belt issues, respectively.

First up is a safety recall involving certain 2018 – 2019 model year Camry vehicles in America. Approximately 227,400 vehicles are involved in this recall. At issue is the system which provides power brake assist, with Toyota stating that components in a part of this system can prematurely wear. This could lead to a sudden loss of power assist to the car’s brakes but non-power assisted braking will remain functional. However, as anyone who’s ever tried to stand on a stiff brake pedal knows significantly more pressure is needed to whoa up a car without power-assisted brakes.

Given the vast majority of today’s drivers have never experienced such a system, and even those of us who have wouldn’t expect this type of behavior from a late-model Camry, the increased risk of a crash is certainly present. For all involved vehicles, Toyota dealers will inspect the vacuum pump and repair or replace the thing. Owners of involved vehicles will be notified by mid-January 2022.

The other recall affects a small percentage of 2022 Sienna minivans. Approximately 2,300 vehicles are involved in this action. According to the company, the subject vehicles are 8-passenger Sienna vans that were equipped with second-row outboard seat belts which were manufactured with an incorrect component. There is apparently the potential for these belts to “bunch” in the shoulder anchor during certain types of crashes, potentially causing the seat belt webbing to tear. This can increase the risk of injury in those incidents. For all involved vehicles, Toyota dealers will replace the outboard second-row seat belt assemblies with ones that have been manufactured correctly. The notification timeframe is similar to the Camry recall above.

For readers who’ve made it this far into the story without falling asleep, congratulations. You may have noticed a 2022 Camry TRD was used as the lead shot for this post, not because it is necessarily one of the affected models but simply because your author enjoys the absurdity of that particular model. It’s as if your normally staid math teacher suddenly started showing up for class wearing a backward baseball cap and RIPNDIP hoodie. Taking a spin in one about a month ago revealed little in the way of extra power but the platform spoiler and interior red accents were amusing. And, yes, the exhaust is different and does indeed bark slightly on startup.

For more information about the recalls, customer support is available by calling the Toyota Brand Engagement Center at 1-800-331-4331.

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  • DenverMike DenverMike on Nov 19, 2021

    It's too easy to panic, but stand on the brakes with both feet, two hands on the bottom of the wheel (from under) and pull up hard, like a bumper jack. Now go practice it. You might have only a split second to decide, do or die.

  • Tankinbeans Tankinbeans on Nov 19, 2021

    There's a joke in there somewhere about how no amount of threats can persuade a Camry driver to even approach the speed limit, thus limiting the impact of failed brakes, but yikes. Years ago I had the opposite problem. My brakelines snapped after they rusted through. The car was used and had been sitting outside for months not being driven. I was told it "needs brakes" and figured that meant pads and rotors. Pedal all the way to the floor, but no slowing to be had. Ended up consciously aiming for a ditch beside an on-ramp the middle of winter. Getting out of said ditch a code brown sort of way.

  • Lou_BC I realized it wasn't EV's burning by the absence of the usual suspects.
  • Kwik_Shift A manual bug eye WRX wagon (2001-03) would interest me more.
  • El scotto Ferrari develops a way to put a virtual car in real time traffic? Will it be multiple virtual players in a possible infinite number of real drivers in real time situations?This will be one of the greatest things ever or a niche video game.
  • El scotto It's said that many military regulations are written in blood. Every ship's wheel or aircraft joystick has a human hand on it at all times when a ship or aircraft are under power. Tanks, APC's and other ground vehicles probably operate under the same rules. Even with those regulations accidents still happen. There is no such thing as an unmanned autopilot, ever. Someone has to be on the stick at all times.I do not think MB understands what a sue-happy nation the USA is. The 1st leased MB in a wreck while this Type 3 "Semi-Autonomous" driving, or whatever it is called, will result in an automatic lawsuit. Expect a class action lawsuit after the 1st personal lawsuit is filed. Yes, new MB owners can afford and ever are lawyers.Mercedes Benz; "The best wrecks or nothing!" Oh and has anyone noticed that Toyota/Lexus and Honda/Acura, the gray suit with white shirt and striped tie, automobile companies have stayed away from any autonomous driving nonsense?
  • Merc190 Very streamlined but not distinctive enough for a Mercedes. And besides, the streetcar of the early 20th century seems a far more efficient and effective method of people moving in essentially an autonomous manner. A motor car is meant to be driven with proper attention to what's important in every situation. To design it otherwise is idiotic and contradictory.