NHTSA Recall #12V542000
Toyota recalled about 150,000 Tacoma pickup trucks built during a period that stretches from 2000 through much of 2004 to repair spare tire carriers that hold tires under a truck. The lift plate in the carriers may not have been coated with enough corrosion preventative to protect the part from salt and other chemicals used in states that experience winter snow and ice. Lift plates are used to raise and lower a tire, and to keep it securely attached underneath the vehicle.
If a corroded lift place fails, the spare tire can become detached at any time, creating a hazard to pedestrians and other vehicles in traffic.
Which Trucks Are Included in the Recall?Trucks that were originally registered or are currently owned by drivers in the following states will be recalled:
- Minnesota >i>New Hampshire >li>New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
- District of Columbia
Affected trucks were built from August 28, 2000, through August 27, 2004.
Owners began receiving recall notices in December, 2012. The initial information was a little sketchy, and didn't make it clear if the first trip to the dealer would be the only repair necessary, or if a temporary fix will be installed until a more permanent correction can be made.
Local Toyota dealers can answer questions, and owners can also call Toyota's Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.
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