Toyota Venza Recalled for Faulty Turn Signals

Dealerships will repair or replace the turn signals, free of charge

2022 Toyota Venza rear taillight Photo: Toyota

Toyota is recalling 41,544 Venza SUVs from the 2021 model year because their rear turn signals may temporarily stop working or may only flash dimly. If turn signals or hazard lights aren’t visible to other drivers, it could cause a crash. As a result, the recalled vehicles are not in compliance with federal motor vehicle safety standards.

The problem is because water may get into the taillight assembly and short-circuit the turn signals’ circuit board, which is more likely to happen after a car wash or heavy rainstorm, according to documents Toyota provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If this problem occurs, drivers may notice a quicker flashing of the turn signal indicator on the dashboard.

Toyota dealers will repair or replace the faulty turn signals, free of charge.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 2021 Toyota Venza hybrid SUVs manufactured between Sept. 17, 2020, and May 26, 2021.

The problem: Water may contact the heat sink located behind the circuit board in the turn signal assembly. This can lead to a chain of events that could cause a short circuit, which may temporarily dim or deactivate the rear turn signals. After multiple reports of turn signal failures in Japanese-market vehicles, Toyota began an investigation and found that the same problem can occur in U.S.-market Venzas.

The fix: Toyota dealers will replace both rear turn signal LED bulbs with improved ones, and if necessary, replace the rear turn signal lamp assembly as well. All repairs will be free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Toyota will contact affected owners by March 26, 2022. Owners may also contact Toyota at 800-331-4331.

NHTSA campaign number: 22V033. Toyota’s own number for this recall is 22TB01/22TA01.

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