The Low Tire Pressure Warning Light May Not Illuminate as Expected
Suspension & Steering, May 12, 2011
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Southeast Toyota is recalling 1629 vehicles because a calibration error could cause the low tire pressure warning light not to illuminate when it should. Driving on under-inflated tires could result in tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.
What Should You Do?
This could be considered a medium priority recall; this would change to high if tire pressures are not maintained to the correct standard. 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.
Southeast Toyota is recalling 1629 vehicles because the tire pressure monitoring system may not have been calibrated correctly. As a result, the low tire pressure warning lamp may not illuminate if tire pressure drops. Operating the vehicle on under-inflated tires can result in tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will recalibrate the system to correct this concern. This recall is expected to begin during May of 2011.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
May 12, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
TIRES:PRESSURE MONITORING AND REGULATING SYSTEMS
Potential Number of Units Affected:
SOUTHEAST TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007-2011 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 PRESSURE MONITOR THAT ONE OR MORE TIRES ARE UNDERINFLATED, INCREASING THE RISK THAT THE VEHICLE WILL BE DRIVEN WITH ONE OR MORE UNDERINFLATED TIRES, 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 MAY 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SOUTHEAST TOYOTA CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER TOLL FREE AT 1-800-301-6859, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 8:30 AM TO 5:00 PM, EASTERN 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