Recall Alert: 2005-2011 Toyota Tacomas

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Toyota has announced it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving 342,451Toyota Tacoma Access Cab vehicles produced from 2004 to 2011.

The affected vehicles from the 2005-10 model years were manufactured between Sept. 14, 2004, and March 29, 2010, and those from the 2011 model year were manufactured between July 1, 2010, and Sept. 7, 2011. 

In the affected pickup trucks, screws that attach the seatbelt pre-tensioner to the seatbelt retractor inside the assembly (for both driver and passenger) can work itself loose over time due to repeated, hard door slams. If the screws loosen completely, the seatbelt pre-tensioner and the retractor spring cover could detach, which can affect retractor and pre-tensioner performance. This could cause harm to the driver or passenger during an accident.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will correct the problem for free. Depending on the results of an inspection, the seat belt assembly will be replaced or new pretensioner screws will be installed with thread-locking sealant and a retractor spring cover with stopper ribs to prevent loosening of the screws. The automaker has not provided a notification schedule. Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331, NHTSA's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to more accurately identify the affected models and to provide more detailed contact information for owners. 

Comments

Wow. Well at least they take action. Better late than never I guess.

At least they recalled it. It is a step in the right direction for TOY
0 TA!

Toyota recalls SUVS, agrees to $16.4 mil fine, but denies cover up.

Toyota's don't have many issues, but when they do Toyota will take care of it.

Toyota take's care of it, what Auto maker doesn't. Oh wait. TROLL!

OH WHAT A SCAREY FEELING IF THE RETRACROR FAILS IN A ACCIDENT!

I will give Toyota some credit. At least they don't have as many issues as their customers.

This is - without a doubt - an incredibly lame recall.

This isn't a commentary on the fact that this news has been reported - it's a commentary on the fact that critics are trying to use this as evidence of Toyota's lack of quality, ethics, etc.

You've got to be pretty hard up for evidence to latch on to this relatively benign recall (something like less than .1% of vehicles are effected, according to Toyota's memo to dealers).

Especially when you consider that the Tacoma's residual values are off the charts, the truck regularly wins awards for quality, durability, and reliability, etc.

My suggestion to trolls who want to use this news as evidence of some deficiency at Toyota: Stop playing small ball and get a life.

Or - better yet - run for office. You'd make a great politician.

LOL, I think Jason is attempting to discourage people from laughing at Toyota fans. They love to dish it out don't they? But they sure get defensive when the shoe is on the other foot. ;)

It's obviously the owner's fault for slamming the doors too hard...

That's what I like about Toyota they are the Fiat of Japan. Keep this up and they will have trucks that follow in the footsteps of the 1500 Fiat hemi.

With recalls to follow for Tundra too? I wouldn't doubt it.
Where's ol Ken?

Hey Jason....not so cool when seatbelts or airbags or any safety equipment are involved. I cannot agree with you on the "incredibly lame recall." Thats why a responsible company takes action like this. Every company has recalls. We are not saying your favorite car maker is junk just over a recall. Anyone with half a brain knows that recalls do happen. So...face it, Toyota recalled pickups. No company is perfect. The best thing to do is just sit back and think of it as an excellent example of Toyota's customer care after purchase.

If they kept making the 80S TOYOTAS just with updated engines. they still sell like hotcakes.

That's hilarious.. so a recall for a critical safety item is a "lame recall" now? Only because it's jap crap and you think they should never be served a recall notice, right? Because when Ram recalls trucks to flash the ECU so the traction control will work better people trash them and flame them for a month afterward. But I guess this foreign japanese junk is allowed to be the worlds #2 recall issuer of vehicles and still retain their crown as "quality automaker", right?

Give me a break....

It would take Gigs of space to type up all the junk Toyota has put on the road in the past 20 years. Don't be blind. Japanese does not = perfection.

You are right WXman both Toyota and Fiat put out the same type of product "Junk". But it's kind of good if you like hanging out at the dealer getting the recalls fixed.

My buddy has a 2012 Fiat 1500 Hemi and they gave him a Dart the 5th time his truck was in for repairs in a 2 month period. The good news is that he got to test the Dart for a few days and discovered that it is even a bigger POS than his Hemi. You see he thought the Hemi truck he paid $40K for was Fiat's biggest POS, but now he thinks the Dart is even a bigger POS. Great what you can learn while your truck is getting fixed.

Toyota trucks have had crappy seatbelt retractors since pretty much forever (and this is coming from a long-time Toyota guy...). My 2000 Taco seatbelt retractor would fail to suck the belt back in all the way about half the time. Same with my 1995 T100 and 1984 Toyota Pickup. It wouldn't be so bad except the driver's belt hangs down and gets slammed in the door (and eventually can get chewed up). I never had one get chewed up enough to where I was worried about it breaking in a crash, but I can see how it might happen. All three trucks had this same problem. Toyota REALLY needs to fix this.

Recalls are for safety issues. NONE are minor. The fix may be minor (read easy) but the outcomes of a failure are far from minor.

Somebody deleted my post...? What's going on?

Oh...there it is! Never mind! :) (Needed to refresh my browser for some reason).

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This Tacoma truck is "not your father's Toyota": mine has a disfunctional rusted gas fill cover, the overhead compass and temperature gage is broken, it had new new catalytic converters at 70,000 miles, rear window leakage (twice), and now this. I am generally a big Toyota fan, but I am also disappointed. Perhaps an F150 is a better choice?



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