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495,470 Toyota Tacomas Recalled!

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On: Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 10:08AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

495,470 Toyota Tacomas Recalled!

Just when you thought it was safe to finally get back into your Toyota, here comes another recall. This week, the Japanese based company has issued a mega-recall of nearly 500,000 of its famous Tacoma pickup trucks spanning from model years 2005-2009, which were built from September 14, 2004 through August 29, 2008.

It seems that over time vibration may damage the air bag control module in the driver's airbag, and as a result, the airbag may not deploy at all. Clearly this is a bit of a problem, and although it is not the worst recall of all time, 495,000 cars to bring back for a fix definitely puts another black eye squarely on a company that was just healing up from the few it earned just a couple years ago.

Read on for the full report ...

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Toyota / Tacoma2005 - 2009
Manufacturer:Nissan North America, Inc.
Mfr's Report Date:Mar 07, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V092000
NHTSA Action Number:N/A
Component:Air Bags: Frontal
Potential Number of Units Affected:495,470


Toyota is recalling certain model year 2005-2009 Tacoma vehicles, manufactured from September 14, 2004, through August 29, 2008. Over time, steering wheel vibration may damage the spiral cable assembly (clockspring) that powers the driver’s air bag module. If damage occurs, the air bag warning lamp will illuminate and the air bag may become deactivated.


In the event of a crash, the driver’s side air bag may not deploy, increasing the risk of personal injury.


Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the spiral cable assembly, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in early April 2012. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.


Customers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

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