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Toyota Recalls 342,000 Tacoma Trucks

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On: Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 11:53AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Toyota Recalls 342,000 Tacoma Trucks

Toyota has issued yet another recall. Yup, another one. Although this one isn't nearly as bad as the "Your brakes won't work" recall of a few years ago, but this one is still not to be taken lightly. Toyota is bringing back 342,451 Tacoma Access Cabs built from September 14, 2004 through September 7, 2011—reason being is that when the access doors are opened and closed over and over (a likely occurrence), the bolts that hold the seat belt tensioner to the retractor can loosen. Obviously, if these bolts loosen enough, the pre-tensioner can be rendered useless, thus making the seat belt virtually ineffective.  

Toyota has said it will bring back the affected trucks and inspect them for faults and fix the faulty pieces with some fairly basic remedies—thread lock and a retractor spring cover with stopper ribs in it to keep the bolts from rattling out. No timetable has been set as to when Toyota will begin contacting owners, but owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 with questions or to schedule a fix. 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V337000
Component(s): SEAT BELTS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 342,451


Manufacturer: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing

SUMMARY:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2005-2010 Tacoma Access Cab vehicles manufactured September 14, 2004, through March 29, 2010; and model year 2011 Tacoma Access Cab vehicles manufactured July 1, 2010, through September 7, 2011. If the access doors are repeatedly and forcefully closed, the screws that attach the seat belt pre-tensioner to the seat belt retractor can loosen over time. If the screws loosen completely, the seat belt pre-tensioner and the retractor spring cover could detach from the seat belt retractor.

CONSEQUENCE:
|If the seat belt pre-tensioner detaches from the seat belt assembly, the seat belt pre-tensioner will not perform as designed, increasing the risk of injury in a severe crash.

REMEDY:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat belt assemblies. Based on the inspection, the seat belt assembly will be replaced or new pre-tensioner screws will be installed with thread-locking sealant and a retractor spring cover with stopper ribs to prevent loosening of the screws. These services will be provided at no cost to the owner. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.




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