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Toyota recalls all 1997 Camrys built in Georgetown

December 3, 1997

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) _ Toyota is recalling 1997 Toyota Camrys with automatic transmissions because of possible ignition lock defects in the nation’s best-selling car.

The recall covers about 280,000 cars built at the company’s plant in Georgetown, Ky.

The action was taken after 27 customers reported faults in the locks, which resulted in six minor accidents. No injuries were reported.

Because of the faults, the ignition key can sometimes be removed when the car is not in park. If the car is left in neutral, it could roll; if left in reverse, it could lurch when started.

The recall does not affect Camrys built in Japan because Japanese plants use different suppliers, said John Hanson, a Toyota spokesman in Torrance, Calif.

The locks were made by Fasco Controls Corp. of Shelby, N.C. The company also supplies some parts for the 1998 Camry, but not the part of lock found to be defective, said Tom Harris, Toyota’s spokesman in Georgetown.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notified Toyota of complaints about the faulty locks in June.

A letter is expected to be sent to customers in mid-December notifying them of the recall and asking them to take their cars to dealers for free replacements, Hanson said.

This is the second recall of the 1997 Camry, the year’s top-selling car through November.

In October, 18,746 Camry owners were notified that moisture can freeze in the brake vacuum hose in extremely cold climates, damaging the car’s vacuum-assisted braking.

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