Toyota has issued a recall for the Tacoma pickup trucks because of a problem with the rear suspension system which may even lead to a fire.
According to the Japanese based automaker, no less than 690,000 units of the Toyota Tacoma are the subject to a new recall. The company says that the affected vehicles are from the 2005 to 2011 model years and the problem has been discovered in both the four-wheel drive as well as in the two-wheel drive versions.
“The involved vehicles’ rear suspension system contains leaf springs that are constructed of either three or four leaves. There is a possibility that a leaf could fracture due to stress and corrosion. If this occurs and the vehicle continues to be operated, the broken leaf could move out of position and contact surrounding components, including the fuel tank. If the broken leaf contacts the fuel tank repeatedly, it could puncture the tank and cause a fuel leak. In the presence of an ignition source, this could result in a fire”, says the company in its official press release.
The affected Toyota Tacoma vehicles will have to be taken back to the dealers who will be inspecting them and make the necessary replacements, free of charge to the owners. The recall will be announced through a notification by first class mail and it should begin soon. For any extra details on the subject, owners of the above mentioned model should contact their local Toyota dealership or the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.