Toyota is recalling 790,000 Tacoma trucks worldwide; 690,000 of those affected trucks are in the United States. The model years affected by the recall are 2005-2011
According to this article in the New York Times, the recall is due to “a rear suspension part could break and possibly puncture the gas tank or damage a brake line…”
According to Toyota, ““The broken leaf could move out of position and contact surrounding components, including the fuel tank,” the automaker said in a news release.”
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it has advised the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of plans to conduct a voluntary safety recall of approximately 690,000 Model Year 2005-2011 Tacoma 4×4 and Tacoma Pre-Runner pickup trucks.
The involved vehicles’ rear suspension system contains leaf springs that are constructed of either three or four leaves. There is a possibility that a leaf could fracture due to stress and corrosion. If this occurs and the vehicle continues to be operated, the broken leaf could move out of position and contact surrounding components, including the fuel tank. If the broken leaf contacts the fuel tank repeatedly, it could puncture the tank and cause a fuel leak. In the presence of an ignition source, this could result in a fire.
Toyota is not aware of any fires, crashes, injuries or fatalities associated with this condition.
Toyota announced a huge recall that affects 1.9 million Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles. Toyota reported there is a software glitch that could cause the cars to stall.
According to this article, “The software could cause transistors to become damaged, causing warnings lights to go off, driving power to be reduced or the car to stop. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between March 2009 and February 2014.”
The vehicles affected by the recall are: 2010-2014 Toyota Prius hybrids, 2012 Toyota RAV4, 2012-2013 Toyota Tacoma, and 2012-2013 Toyota Lexus RX vehicles.
Toyota announced that it is recalling more than 261,000 vehicles with possible problems with the software of the braking system; this could result in a crash.
The recall affects the 2013 Toyota Tacoma, 2012 Toy0ta RAV4, and the 2012 and 2013 Lexus RX 350. According to this article, “According to Toyota, an electrical component within the actuator that adjusts the fluid pressure for each of the brakes of the affected vehicles may experience an increased resistance.
“This would result in the illumination of various warning lights in the dash, including those for the stability and traction control systems as well as the antilock brakes. If this were to occur, Toyota says that the systems could become inoperative, reducing the directional control assistance during braking, and thus increasing the risk of a crash.”
Toyota will notify owners if they are affected.
Toyota announced that it is recalling the 2013-2014 Toyota Tacoma for a serious engine problem.
According to this article, “According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from an engine flaw that could cause the Tacoma to stall in traffic — or worse.”
It’s a small number of vehicles affected by the recall built in couple months, less than 4,000 vehicles, but is a safety concern.
“The problem stems from improperly built valve springs in the Tacoma’s engine. Over time, wear and tear may cause the springs to break, and if that happens while a vehicle is being driven, the engine will stall, increasing the risk of an accident.”
Toyota is recalling more than 150,000 Tacomas from the 2001 to 2004 model years.
According to this article, “The recall was for a rust problem with the spare tire carrier under the back of the truck bed. A lift plate on the carrier that is used to raise, lower and retain the tire safely under the bed may have rusted seriously enough
to cause an unintended release of the tire to the roadway which might result in an accident to following vehicles.”
The recall involves states with cold winters (like Minnesota); it does not involve Toyota Tacomas sold in Washington State.
Volkwagen is recalling more than 2,000 vehicles. “If the right front seat gets wet, it may impact the occupant control module which will possibly not detect the presence of a child seat being installed. This module disengages the air bag system for this seat when a child seat is detected.”