Low Tire Warning LIght May Not Illuminate
Suspension & Steering, March 16, 2011
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Our Quick Take:
Gulf States Toyota is recalling 1489 vehicles because the low tire warning light may not illuminate if tire pressure becomes low on one or more tires. Driving on underinflated tires increases the risk of tire failure and a crash.
What Should You Do?
We at RepairPal have designated this a high priority recall. Tire pressure could become low without warning; we recommend visually checking your tires daily until the recall is completed. Please contact Gulf States Toyota at 1-800-444-1074; they will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
Gulf States Toyota is recalling 1489 vehicles because the tire pressure monitoring system may not have been properly calibrated. As a result, the low tire warning light may not illuminate if one or more tires becomes underinflated. Driving on underinflated tires increases the risk of tire failure, which increases the risk of a crash. Dealers will recalibrate the tire pressure monitoring system to correct this concern. This recall is expected to begin during April of 2011.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
March 16, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
TIRES:PRESSURE MONITORING AND REGULATING SYSTEMS
Potential Number of Units Affected:
GULF STATES TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 FJ CRUISER AND MODEL YEAR 2009-2011 TUNDRA VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 138, "TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEMS." THE TPMS ON SOME VEHICLES MAY NOT HAVE BEEN PROPERLY CALIBRATED AND AS A RESULT THE LOW TIRE PRESSURE WARNING LAMP MAY NOT ILLUMINATE SHOULD THE INFLATION PRESSURE IN ONE OR MORE OF THE VEHICLE'S TIRES FALL BELOW THE THRESHOLD FOR WHEN THE LOW TIRE PRESSURE WARNING LAMP SHOULD ILLUMINATE.
DRIVERS WILL NOT RECEIVE A WARNING FROM THE TIRE PRESSURING MONITOR THAT ONE OR MORE TIRES ARE UNDERINFLATED INCREASING THE RISK THAT A VEHICLE WILL BE DRIVEN WITH ONE OR MORE UNDERINFLATED TIRES AND INCREASING THE RISK OF A TIRE FAILURE THAT MAY LEAD TO A CRASH.
DEALERS WILL RECALIBRATE THE TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REGULATION FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GULF STATE TOYOTA CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER TOLL FREE AT 1-800-444-1074 MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY, 8:30 AM TO 5:00 PM, OR FRIDAY 8:30 AM TO 4:00 PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME.
OWNERS 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.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration