Toyota is recalling 2005–2010 Avalon; 2007–2010 Camry, 2009–2010 Corolla, Corolla Matrix, and Rav4; 2010 Highlander; 2008–2010 Sequoia; and 2007–2010 Tundra models because the sliding surface of the friction lever may become smooth during operation, which can cause condensation. This may cause the accelerator pedal to become harder to depress, slower to return, or to become stuck in a partially depressed position, which can increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will install a reinforcement bar in the accelerator pedal so it will operate smoothly.
Toyota Tundra Recalls
Toyota is recalling 2004–2010 models for an accelerator pedal that can get stuck in the wide open position due to problems with the floor mat. This may cause high vehicle speeds that make it difficult to stop the vehicle, which can result in a crash. In order to correct the problem, dealers will replace the pedals, alter the shape of the floor, and/or replace the floor mats. Toyota will also modify software on certain models to ensure that the brake overrides the accelerator in the event that both are applied.
The load carrying capacity modification label may be missing from the vehicle. This information provides maximum load carrying weights as well as information about required tires and wheels. If not present, an inappropriate load may be carried in the vehicle, increasing a safety risk. Toyota has supplied customers with a new label to affix to the vehicle. This recall began on August 18, 2009.
On some 4WD trucks, improper heat treatment of the slip yoke might have caused its hardness to be insufficient. The yoke may break, causing the drive shaft to separate at the joint and contact the road or the fuel tank, which could result in a loss in vehicle control or a fuel leak. Dealers will inspect the slip yoke and replace the propeller shaft free of charge. The recall began January 7, 2008. The Toyota recall number is 70G.
Due to deterioration of internal lubrication, the front lower ball joint may wear prematurely, causing increased steering effort and possibly noise in the front suspension. If the vehicle is continually driven, the ball joint may separate from the knuckle and cause a loss of vehicle control. The recall began February 28, 2007. The Toyota recall number is 70B.
The combination of a manual airbag on/off switch to disable the front passenger airbag and no child restraint lower anchorage system in the front passenger seat does not meet federal safety standards. Dealers will remove the manual airbag on/off switch, replace the owners manual, and affix a new sun visor air bag warning label to correct this condition. The Toyota recall number is 70A.
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.
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.
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.