Toyota has announced a voluntary recall for a number of Tacoma pickup trucks assembled for the 2001 to 2004 model year. The issue at hand concerns the spare tire carrier assembly and it’s believed to have affected about 150,000 units sold or registered in 20 states and the District of Colombia. The trucks in question are believed to be sold in cold climate states. If you own a Toyota Tacoma assembled between the 2001 to 2004 model year and live in Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Colombia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin or West Virginia, you may have a cause for concern.
The problem that spurred the recall consists of the spare tire which is held underneath the Tacoma’s bed on a metal lift plate. Toyota believes that during assembly, the spare tire carrier lift plate may not have been coated with the appropriate amount of phosphate. If an insufficient amount of phosphate coating is applied to the lift plate, it can corrode faster in an environment where salt is used on the roads. Over time, this lift plate can corrode enough to finally break off releasing the spare tire onto the road surface below.
Owners affected by this recall will be getting a letter through first class mail starting next month. Your local authorized Toyota dealership will perform the recall repair free of charge. For those seeking more information about this recall, they can contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at (800) 331-4331 or go to toyota.com/recall.