The warm spring weather has brought out a long list of automotive recalls from companies hailing from Japan, the U.S. and Europe. One of the largest recalls - 1.3 million cars worldwide - affects BMW 5 Series sedans and BMW 6 Series coupes and convertibles. Vehicles that were produced between 2003 and 2010 are affected by an improperly mounted battery cable cover, which in some cases has led to electrical system damage or even cases of fire. 367,000 of the affected BMW vehicles are found in the United States.
Toyota has made an even bigger splash with a safety campaign that taps a total of 681,000 cars and trucks in the American market. 495,000 Toyota Tacoma mid-size pickup trucks are heading back to dealerships for repairs to the steering wheel in order to prevent a cable inside the unit from being damaged to the point where the driver's side airbag is no longer able to deploy. 2005 to 2009 model year Toyota Tacomas are implicated in the recall.
Separately, Toyota has also been forced to call back a substantial number of Toyota Camry sedans (70,500) and Toyota Venza (116,000) crossovers due to a problem with their stop lamp switches, which were 'over-greased' at the factory. The silicon grease applied during production can in a worst case scenario lock the vehicle's transmission in park as well as prevent either the sedan or the crossover from starting at all.