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Toyota Recalls ~318k Trucks Over Rear Axle Defect, Elevated Crash Risks

Toyota Recalls ~318k Trucks Over Rear Axle Defect, Crash Risks

Toyota Tacoma Truck Recall Focuses on Serious Safety Issues Affecting Vehicle Stability

Hundreds of thousands of Toyota Tacoma trucks are now the subject of a national vehicle safety recall, with officials working to get the word out to Tacoma owners ASAP. That’s because this Toyota recall reportedly affects the rear axle housing, with potential defects that could cause truck accidents, injuries, and deaths.

Here’s why and what to do if you own a vehicle that’s subject to a recall — or if you’re hurt in a wreck that may have been caused by defective vehicle equipment.

Details of the 2024 Toyota Tacoma Truck Recall

On February 27, 2024, Toyota issued a nationwide voluntary recall of its Tacoma trucks, model years (MYs) 2022 and 2023, due to “welding debris left on the ends of the rear axle assembly during manufacturing.” That manufacturing debris has contributed to “improperly secured fasteners,” the carmaker says.

In particular, according to Toyota’s recall announcement, this manufacturing error may result in the following complications:

  • Some “retaining nuts” can loosen up and fall off of the rear axle assembly over time.
  • Once the retaining nuts “eventually” fall off, the axle shaft sub-assembly can separate from the axle housing.
  • The separation of those components can contribute to vehicle instability, causing problems that could affect brake performance and make it difficult for motorists to control these trucks.

With that, the crash risks skyrocket, authorities say.

That’s why federal regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have stepped in to oversee this recall, sharing resources and the following hotline number with Tacoma owners who need further information or assistance (Hotline 1-888-327-4236; TTY 1-800-424-9153).

The table below highlights the key details of this Toyota recall.

2024 Toyota Tacoma Recall Detail

Facts & Numbers

NHTSA Campaign No.

24V152000

Toyota Recall Nos.

24TB05 & 24TA05

Manufacturer

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturer

Make, Model Years

Tacoma MY22 & MY23

No. of Trucks Affected

381,199

Recalled Component(s)

Power Train

Recall Notice Mail Date

April 13, 2024

 

Notably, this is the third recall affecting Toyota Tacoma trucks within the past three years, according to federal regulators. In fact, a couple of other Toyota recalls to make headlines in recent years were the:

  • July 2022 Toyota Tacoma Recall (NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V520000): Welding flaws reportedly prevented the proper restraint of child car seats, causing seats to shift when vehicles moved or crashed.
  • May 2022 Toyota Tacoma Recall (NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V310000): In this recall, problems with label legibility were contributing to the trucks being overloaded, also raising crash risks.

The combination of these Toyota recalls has led to 23 consumer complaints being filed with regulators.

Recall Remedy: What to Do If You Own a Recalled Toyota Tacoma Truck

If you own a 2022 or 2023 recalled Toyota Tacoma truck, here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect and do going forward:

  1. Keep an eye out for the recall letter from Toyota: The carmaker is sending out an “Owner Notification” letter about this recall in the mail. As noted in the table above, those are going to be sent out on April 13, 2024.
  2. Take your vehicle to the dealership for repairs: Dealers will reportedly “inspect the rear axle assembly, tighten the axle retaining nuts as necessary, and repair or replace any damaged components, free of charge.”
  3. Call Toyota’s customer service line for more details: Call 1-800-331-4331, referencing Toyota’s recall numbers (24TB05 and 24TA05) for more information if needed.
  4. Contact federal authorities (if needed): If you’re having trouble getting the recall remedy or you need to file a formal complaint, you can contact the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or by clicking here.
  5. Stay proactive about checking for recalls: Use this NHTSA tool to look for any possible recalls affecting your vehicle. Doing this routinely, like 3 to 4 times a year, can help you stay on top of any vehicle safety issues you should know about.

These steps can be helpful for many, but they won’t help you if you’ve already been hurt in a crash that may have involved defective vehicle equipment. When that happens, prompt investigations and experienced legal counsel can be essential.

Beyond the 2024 Toyota Tacoma Rear Axle Recall: March Is Vehicle Recall Awareness Month

Announced right before National Vehicle Recall Awareness Month, the recent Toyota Tacoma truck recall is an important reminder for all vehicle owners that:

  • Carmakers don’t always get it right: Manufacturing errors, equipment flaws, and system failures are more common than they should be, and that creates very real and very serious crash risks for many unsuspecting vehicle owners. Vehicle recalls play a vital role in fixing these flaws and mitigating the impacts of them.
  • Vehicle owners play a role in safety too: Maintaining cars isn’t just about getting tune-ups, oil changes, and new tires. It’s also about addressing recall remedies as soon as possible. Unfortunately, about 1 in 4 recall notices sent out never gets a repair, experts say. That leaves a lot of potential for equipment failures to happen on the roads.
  • Automakers can be liable for the crashes caused by equipment flaws and failures: Recalls don’t let carmakers off of the hook for the accidents resulting from their defective equipment. Instead, the automakers can be sued and liable for victims’ injuries, losses, and suffering.

With March being a time to acknowledge vehicle recalls, there’s no better time than now to focus on vehicle safety — and to spread the word about recall checks on social media to help others stay on top of this important aspect of vehicle maintenance, so they can minimize their risk of preventable accidents in the future.