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690,000 Toyota Tacoma Trucks Recalled for Fire Risk

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/30/2014 Eric Weiner

The Toyota Tacoma has faced numerous recalls over the last few years, including issues with stuck accelerator pedals, problems with airbags, and loose seatbelt pretensioner screws. A voluntary recall is now in effect for 2005-2011 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 and Tacoma Pre-Runner pickups.

2011 Toyota Tacoma TX Double Cab 4x4© Provided by MotorTrend 2011 Toyota Tacoma TX Double Cab 4x4

The Problem: In 2005-2011 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 and Tacoma Pre-Runner pickups, the leaf spring rear suspension system (using either three or four leaves) can fracture as a result of stress and corrosion. Over time a damaged leaf can become dislodged from its normal position and possibly come into contact with the fuel tank. It’s possible that it could puncture the fuel tank, cause a leak, and greatly increase the risk of fire.

The Fix: Owners of the recalled vehicles will be notified by mail. Toyota hasn't yet confirmed what it will do to fix affected Tacomas, and is said to be working on the details of a remedy.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Approximately 690,000 2005-2011 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 and Pre-Runner pickups will be recalled.

Already we’ve seen an early production mule of the expected 2016 Toyota Tacoma hot-weather testing, and the initial indication is that the Tacoma will adopt a reworked version of its existing platform—the same one that’s been in use since 2005. Spy shooters also spotted a camouflaged Toyota Hilux prototype, which could inform the styling direction in which the new Toyota Tacoma is headed.

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