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Toyota Recalls Nearly 700,00 Tacoma, Camry and Venza Vehicles

TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images(TORRANCE, Calif.) -- Toyota issued two separate recalls on Wednesday involving 681,500 vehicles over problems with brake lights and driver side air bags.

The first recall affects approximately 70,500 Camry vehicles -- model year 2009 -- and 116,000 Venza cars -- model years 2009 through 2011.  The Japanese automaker says a slip up of silicon grease during the installation of the stop lamp switches in these vehicles may have caused an increase in electrical resistance.

"If this occurs, warning lamps on the instrument panel may be illuminated, the vehicle may not start, or the shift lever may not shift from the 'Park' position.  In some cases, the vehicle stop lamps may become inoperative," Toyota said in a statement.

In another recall, the automaker says a problem with the steering wheel spiral cable assembly in certain 2005 to early 2009 Tacoma vehicles could lead to friction over time that "may result in loss of connectivity to the driver’s air bag module."

"If connectivity is lost, the air bag warning lamp on the instrument panel will remain illuminated after starting the vehicle and the driver’s air bag may be deactivated, preventing deployment in the event of a crash," Toyota said.

This recall affects about 495,000 Tacoma vehicles.

Toyota said it is working on acquiring the necessary replacement parts to fix both problems and will notify affected car owners by mail once they are available.

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