According to SaferCar.gov, Toyota Motor North America, Inc., recently announced the recall of approximately 50,939 Toyota Tundra vehicles from model year 2011 that are equipped with a 3-point propeller shaft. There is a possibility that the vehicle’s slip yoke may break due to improper casting, which may cause the vehicle’s propeller shaft to separate at the joint, causing the shaft to come into contact with the road. If this occurs, a driver may experience loss of vehicle control as well as motive power, significantly increasing the risk of a car accident.
Vehicle owners will be notified by Toyota shortly and will be instructed to bring the potentially affected vehicles into a dealer for the propeller shaft to be inspected, and if necessary, replaced at no-cost. The recall is expected to start sometime in May. Any consumer who has questions about the recall may contact Toyota by calling 1-800-331-4331, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or visit http://www.safercar.gov for more information.
When a vehicle defect continues to exist after a reasonable number of repair attempts, and the defect affects a vehicle’s use, value, or safety, the vehicle could be a lemon. If you have a vehicle you believe to be a lemon, Inland Empire lemon law attorney Howard D. Silver may be able to help. Mr. Silver can help you through the intricacies of a lemon law claim in California and can help you understand the legal options available to you. To learn more about your rights under California’s lemon law, call Mr. Silver at (855) 341-2611.