The Drive Shaft May Fail
Drive Train, April 26, 2011
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Our Quick Take:
The drive shaft may fail on vehicles with a 3-joint type shaft. Failure of the drive shaft could result in a loss of power to the rear wheels and a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
What Should You Do?
This should be considered a high priority recall. The drive shaft may fail without warning. Please contact your Toyota dealer. 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.
The drive shaft may fail on vehicles equipped with a 3-joint type shaft. Due to improper casting of the slip yoke, it may break, causing the drive shaft to separate at the joint and come into contact with the road surface. Failure of the drive shaft can result in a loss of vehicle power and control, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the drive shaft and replace it as necessary. This recall is expected to begin during May 2011.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
April 26, 2011
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Potential Number of Units Affected:
TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 TUNDRA VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A 3-JOINT TYPE PROPELLER SHAFT. DUE TO IMPROPER CASTING OF THE SLIP YOKES, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE SLIP YOKE MAY BREAK, CAUSING THE PROPELLER SHAFT TO SEPARATE AT THE JOINT AND COME INTO CONTACT WITH THE ROAD SURFACE.
THE DRIVER COULD EXPERIENCE LOSS OF MOTIVE POWER AND VEHICLE CONTROL, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
TOYOTA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND INSPECT THE PROPELLER SHAFT AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE IT FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
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