Toyota Issues Recalls Over Camry Brake Issue and Sienna Seatbelts

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Japanese automaker Toyota has recalled almost 227,000 Camry vehicles over concerns related to their brakes. The recalled vehicles are from the 2018 and 2019 model years, according to a press release. The manufacturer has also recalled a small number of 2022 Sienna minivans. Read on for more information about this recall and what to do if you own an affected vehicle.

Which Vehicles Are Recalled?

The first recall notice affects nearly 227,000 Toyota Camry sedans from the 2018-2019 model years. To determine whether your vehicle is affected by the recall, you can visit Toyota’s website and enter either your vehicle’s VIN or license plate number. This system will tell you whether your Camry may have a faulty brake assist system.

Toyota will notify drivers about the brake failure via mail starting in January. Until then, Camry drivers need to be careful on the road. The potential for the power brake assistance system to fail could lead to a higher chance of accidents.

What’s Wrong With the Brakes?

Affected Camry vehicles might have faulty brake assist systems. Modern cars employ a vacuum-assisted apparatus that makes it easier to brake when tapping the pedal. Without this system, vehicles’ brake pedals require significantly more pressure from the driver to come to a complete stop.

If this assistance gives out in the middle of traffic, drivers could not notice the failure until it’s too late. Camry owners attempting to stop on short notice could find their brakes unresponsive, resulting in a collision.

What To Do If Your Car Is Recalled

If your Camry is affected, Toyota will prompt you to bring it to your local dealership for repairs. First, dealers will inspect the vacuum pump in the sedan’s brake assist system. If it’s faulty, mechanics will either repair or replace the component.

Sienna Recall

Toyota also announced a recall for the 2022 Sienna minivan. Only around 2,300 minivans are covered under this notice, though. The issue only impacts the 8-passenger Sienna model. Affected Toyotas have second-row outboard seat belts that contain faulty components.

The component mix-up can lead to complications in the seatbelt apparatus during a crash. In affected Siennas, the seatbelt can become stuck in the shoulder anchor, preventing the belt from spooling out during an accident. This issue can increase the risk of injury to passengers because it makes the seatbelt more likely to tear.

The manufacturer will notify Sienna owners in mid-January if this notice impacts their vehicle. Toyota dealerships will replace faulty seatbelt assemblies will be for free.