Toyota has announced two massive recalls yesterday that affect newer model trucks.
Toyota seems to be having some trouble with their latest model of trucks as the company has announced a massive recall affecting over 80,000 vehicles in North America.
The first recall is for the 2017 Toyota Tundra, which affects approximately 8,800 trucks in the US and around 580 trucks in Canada. The issue stems from an improperly tightened bolt in the left rear seat for any truck that has a second row.
According to Toyota, that bolt "may not have been properly fastened,” which could increase the risk of death or injury in the event of a crash as the rear seat could detach and careen through the front windshield taking out anybody who might be in the way (like the front passenger).
Toyota says they’ll be sending out a letter to affected customers in mid-March and they’ll tighten the bolt free of charge. But it is just a bolt, so if you’re mechanically inclined (and don’t mind voiding a warranty) then you can probably do it yourself.
If you’re not in the mood to wait, you can always see if your truck is affected by going to the Toyota website and checking if it comes up in the recall database.
Toyota’s second recall is much more significant as it affects all 2018 Sequoia and Tundra models. Apparently, the vehicle diagnostic function may go haywire and turn off stability control and "affect other systems". In the event that it does, the cabin will light up with warning lights and chimes to let you know something has gone awry.
Not having stability control is definitely bad news for young drivers who have probably never driven a car without it, and still bad for veterans if they’re on anything other than pristine pavement.
This recall affects approximately 65,000 model-year 2018 Sequoia and Tundra trucks in America, and 8,180 trucks in Canada.
As per usual, letters will be sent out in March to affected customers to tell them to head to a local Toyota dealership for a software update free of charge. Questions, comments, concerns, or requests to refund your Toyota pickup should be directed to Toyota customer support.