Japanese motor company Toyota announced Wednesday that it will be recalling 681,000 cars and trucks due to steering wheel and stop lamp switch deficiencies.
The vehicles, which are being recalled from the U.S. market, will only require 30 minutes of maintenance, according to the Toyota website.
The major motor company's recalls will include 495,000 Tacoma pickup trucks from model years 2005 to 2009. According to a statement released by Toyota, the steering spiral cable of the Tacoma needs to be replaced, as friction in this area over time may cause the safety air bag to not deploy on impact in the case of an accident.
Toyota will also recall 70,500 Camry mid-sized cars and 116,000 Venza crossover vehicles, years 2009 to 2011. Mechanics believe that silicon grease applied to the stop lamp switch during assembly may lead to increased electrical resistance, causing the vehicle not to start or not to shift from park position, according to the statement.
Critics have taken to Twitter to express their chagrin at Toyota's recall announcement, which has come as less of a surprise in the past few years, after previous recalls.
"Toyota is on a recall roll since the 2009-2011 unintended acceleration worldwide recall-a-thon," tweeted Carcomplaints.com.
Toyota has recalled more than 10 million cars in the past three years, according to the Guardian.
"Over the last few years, the words "Toyota" and "recall" have gone hand in hand," wrote AutoGuide.com. "While the companies [sic] previous woes are behind them, Toyota has since been extra cautious and issues recalls for everything it finds to have a potential defect."
Toyota claims to be unaware of any accidents or injuries sustained from these recall problems.