Toyota Recalls

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Toyota is recalling 1990-1995 4Runner, 1990-1995 pickup, and 1993-1998 Toyota T100 trucks because the steering relay rod may crack under stress. This may increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the steering relay rod.

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The shoulder portion of the seat belt in the middle row seating position may bind in the bezel trim piece. If this happens, extra belt webbing may be caught unknowingly and the seat occupant may not be properly restrained in an accident, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will replace the seat belt bezel and clip. The recall began August 5, 2005. The Toyota recall number is 50L.

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During production, the incorrect lens was installed on the passenger front airbag status indicator. The indicator may not display the correct status. As a result, the vehicle occupants will not be made aware of whether or not the passenger front airbag is activated. Dealers will replace the affected lens in order to restore proper operation. This recall is expected to begin August 5, 2005. The Toyota recall number is 50K.

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Certain regular cab pickup trucks equipped with a bench seat may have seat position and seat belt buckle sensor connector pins that are incorrectly positioned. This could affect the adaptive airbag deployment. In the event of a crash, occupants may not be properly restrained. Dealers will inspect the affected connectors and install an additional sub-wire harness to correct the pin location issue. This recall is scheduled to begin on July 25, 2005. The Toyota recall number is SCC 50I.

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Toyota has recalled 2001-2004 Tacoma, 2002-2004 Tundra and Sequoia, and 2001-2002 4Runner models because the surface of the lower ball joints may have been scratched during assembly, which may have compromised their integrity. The ball joints may loosen and fall out and the driver may experience a loss of steering control. Dealers will replace the front suspension lower ball joints.

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On trucks equipped with the TRD dual exhaust and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), there may be a clearance problem between the driver's side exhaust and a brake line that can wear a hole in the brake line. If this happens, brake fluid may leak, which could cause increased stopping distance and a crash. Dealers will inspect, and if equipped, will replace the TRD dual exhaust free of charge. They will also inspect for damage on the brake line, and replace it if needed. The recall began May 31, 2005. The Toyota recall number is 50E.

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The steering yoke may not have been welded to the steering shaft. In this case, the yoke may come loose from the shaft, resulting in a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the steering yoke and shaft weld condition and replace the steering column assembly as necessary. This recall is expected to begin on May 2, 2005. The Toyota recall number is SSC 50F.

 

Summary:
CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, 'LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.' THE LUMINOUS INTENSITY OF THE DAYTIME RUNNING LAMP (DRL) WILL BE MODIFIED TO MEET THE STANDARD REQUIREMENTS.
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The parking brake cable lock may not have been tightened correctly; it may loosen and come off, which will reduce the effectiveness of the parking brake. This could allow the vehicle to roll if the transmission is not placed into "park" when the vehicle is parked on a slope. Dealers will inspect and tighten the parking brake pedal cable lock nut to the proper specification. This recall began on March 3, 2005. The Toyota recall number is 50C.

Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A FRONT PASSENGER POWER SEAT, WHEN INSTALLING CERTAIN REAR-FACING INFANT CHILD SEAT BASES ONTO THE SEAT WITH AN EXCESSIVELY HIGH SEATBELT TENSION, IT MAY BE POSSIBLE TO UNSEAT A COMPONENT CALLED THE BUCKLE STATUS SWITCH FROM THE SEAT BELT BUCKLE.

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