Axle Issue Prompts Recall of 381,000 Toyota Pickups Due To Increased Crash Risk

Toyota has issued a safety recall of 381,000 vehicles due to the possibility of bolts in the rear axle becoming loose or detaching, which can potentially lead to a car accident.

The recall involves Toyota Tacoma trucks ranging from model year 2022 to model year 2023.

In a press release, Toyota warned that if welding residue is not properly removed from the ends of the rear axle assembly during production, it could result in certain retaining nuts becoming loose over time and potentially detaching, which could lead to a part separating from the axle. This could have a negative impact on the stability of the vehicle and its braking capabilities, posing a higher risk of a potential accident.

According to the company, Toyota dealers will conduct a thorough examination of the rear axle assembly and resecure the axle retaining nuts without any cost. In case any damaged axle parts are discovered during the inspection, they will be fixed or substituted at no extra cost.

Truck owners who are affected will be notified of the recall through mail by the end of April.

In the previous month, there was a warning from Toyota advising drivers not to operate around 50,000 older versions of their vehicles due to a dangerous problem that may result in the airbags exploding. The affected models were the 2003-2004 Corolla and Corolla Matrix, along with the 2004-2005 RAV4.