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 was...exciting...in a code brown sort of way.

  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
  • ToolGuy Presented for discussion: https://xroads.virginia.edu/~Hyper2/thoreau/civil.html
  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?
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