Toyota has recently announced a recall for the Tacoma Access Cab models, because of a problem with the belt pre-tensioner screws which is attaching it to the belt retractor.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that a total of 342,000 units of the Toyota Tacoma Access Cab pickup truck will be affected by this problem and the recall will only include the Access Cab versions, as other body styles will not be affected. The models in question have been produced between 2004 and 2011.
“In the involved vehicles, screws that attach the seat belt pre-tensioner to the seat belt retractor within the seat belt assembly for the driver and front passenger can become loose over time due to repeatedly and forcefully closing the access door. If the screws loosen completely, the seat belt pre-tensioner and the retractor spring cover could detach from the seat belt retractor, which can affect retractor and pre-tensioner performance”, as the carmaker is saying in its official press release.
The 342,000 units of the Toyota Tacoma Access Cab pickup trucks, produced between 2004 and 2011, will have to be taken back to the dealers by their owners, who will inspect the vehicles and make the necessary repairs / replacements, at no cost. No details on reports of possible injuries related to this problem have been received so far. If you own one of the Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks, in the Access Cab body style, made between 2004 and 2011, you should contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 for further details.