Toyota Truck Recall: Tacoma, 4Runner, Tundra, and Sequoia

Written by Anna Henningsgaard

A wide scale recall isrepparttar last resort for a car company to take with a problematic vehicle, and most automotive problems do not even make it to recall stage. Toyota has been known to avoid issuing recalls at all cost, preferring to issue safety warnings and avoid covering repair costs on vehicles that are beyond warranty. This should put this year’s massive Toyota truck recall into perspective.

This May, Toyota Motor Corp issued one of its largest safety recalls in history. Toyota is recalling more than 750,000 pickup trucks and SUV’s because of problems withrepparttar 149605 front suspension that could makerepparttar 149606 vehicles difficult to steer. The recall covers 775,000 vehicles inrepparttar 149607 United States alone, including 2001-2004 model years ofrepparttar 149608 Toyota Tacoma,repparttar 149609 2001-2002 models of Toyota 4Runner andrepparttar 149610 2002-2004 model Tundra and Sequoia.

Duringrepparttar 149611 manufacturing of these vehicles,repparttar 149612 surface ofrepparttar 149613 front suspension ball joint was scratched. Wear and tear on this ball joint creates friction that makesrepparttar 149614 vehicles difficult to control. At speeds as low as 20 mph, Toyota drivers have reported ball joints collapsing, causingrepparttar 149615 front wheels to fold underrepparttar 149616 truck.

Overall, Toyota admits to conducting five recalls this year inrepparttar 149617 United States affecting nearly 1 million vehicles. In 2004, Toyota conducted nine recalls affecting 1,060,000 vehicles, according torepparttar 149618 NHTSA. This year, Toyota has also recalled:

Toyota Recall Lawyer: Toyota Tacoma Recalled 3 Times in 4 Years!

Written by Anna Henningsgaard

As recently as July 15, 2005 Toyota announced a recall in their Tacoma series of trucks. This most recent recall addresses a manufacturing flaw inrepparttar front suspension lower ball joint. Many of these ball joints were scratched during manufacturing, which will cause wear and looseness, making it difficult to steerrepparttar 149604 trucks. In extreme cases,repparttar 149605 lower ball joint may separate fromrepparttar 149606 knuckle, causingrepparttar 149607 Toyota truck or SUV to veer out of control. If a driver loses control of his truck on a road or highway, a crash is almost inevitable. Toyota will pay for dealers to replace these defective joints. This is justrepparttar 149608 most recent in a long line of recalls involving Toyota Tacomas and other Toyota trucks and SUV’s.

In February of 2005, Toyota announced that a recall of at least 22,228 Toyota Tacoma trucks equipped with automatic transmission. The parking brake pedal cable on these vehicles was not secured tightly enough, causing it to loosen and come off. Toyota declares that this defect will “reducerepparttar 149609 effectiveness ofrepparttar 149610 parking brake”, but what they mean is thatrepparttar 149611 parking brake will stop working. Ifrepparttar 149612 transmission is not placed into park or shouldrepparttar 149613 car start to slide down a hill,repparttar 149614 parking brake will be ineffective andrepparttar 149615 vehicle will roll freely downrepparttar 149616 hill. Thoughrepparttar 149617 recall was announced in February, owners cannot do anything until March, when Toyota will allow them to takerepparttar 149618 vehicles in for inspection. If you own a Toyota Tacoma with automatic transmission, remember not to leave your child inrepparttar 149619 back seat whilerepparttar 149620 car is parked, at least until you haverepparttar 149621 parking break checked out.

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