The latest Toyota recall concerns their fabled (now) mid-sized truck, the Toyota Tacoma. Around 150,000 of the best-selling trucks are being recalled due to the spare tyre not being secured to the chassis, potentially working itself loose and falling to the ground.
More specifically, the plate that is used to secure the spare tyre can eventually rust, if exposed to salt and water. This would cause the plate to break, thus leaving the spare tyre to separate from the vehicle. Toyota now states that the plates were not properly treated against corrosion. There have been two accidents reported…in both instances, the spare tyre detached from the truck and struck a vehicle. Thankfully, no one was injured in either incident.
Of course, Toyota will being another letter campaign notifying owners of the 2001-2004 Tacomas that were sold in 20 cold-weather states and Washington DC. The states where the vehicles were originally sold are subjected to the recall. The following states are:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
The dealers will inspect and replace the part(s) affected by the newest Toyota recall. If you purchased a pre-owned 2001-04 Tacoma from the original owner, and/or from a dealership, please don’t hesitate to contact your local Toyota dealership. Have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) ready…you can find this in the lower right hand corner of the windshield, or on the driver’s side doorjamb. It should also be listed on your vehicle insurance policy identification card.