Toyota Motor Corporation has recalled 150,000 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks after discovering that the mechanism holding the spare tire in place could fail. As reported by The New York Times, a problem with the spare tire holder could result in the tire falling from the vehicle and possibly causing an accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), part of the spare tire mechanism was not correctly treated with an anti-corrosive material, causing rusting and possibly breaking when exposed to road spray. The spare tire, which is carried underneath the truck bed, could fall off unexpectedly while driving, causing a major road hazard and/or an accident.
While the Toyota recall specifically affects vehicles registered or sold in 20 states and the District of Columbia which have a “high road-salt usage,” these vehicles could have been resold anywhere in the country in the years following their original sale. To learn more, owners can contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at (800) 331-4331.
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