Toyota is recalling all 2005-2009 Tacoma pickups which could effect as many as 495,000 vehicles. The recall will replace a faulty steering-wheel spiral assembly. Due to a possible design flaw, friction could develop between spiral cable and the retainer in the steering-wheel assembly. This could lead to a loss of connectivity with the driver’s airbag and cause the airbag not to deploy in a crash.
Toyota will begin notifying owners in early April. As with the first recall, dealers will also be able to replace the affected part for free in around 30 minutes.
Owners interested in receiving more information about both recalls can go to www.toyota.com/recall or call Toyota’s Customer Experience Center at 800-331-4331.