Toyota Recalls 790K Tacoma Pickups for Corrosion, Fire Risk

Sep 30, 2014 03:30 PM EDT | Jordan Ecarma

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Toyota is recalling 790,000 Tacoma pickups worldwide for a faulty rear suspension component that can damage the gas tank or brakes.

Affecting Tacomas from the model years 2005-'11, the recall includes four-wheel drive and Pre-Runner versions of the pickup, the New York Times reported.

"The involved vehicles' rear suspension system contains leaf springs that are constructed of either three or four leaves. There is a possibility that a leaf could fracture due to stress and corrosion," Toyota described in a statement. "If this occurs and the vehicle continues to be operated, the broken leaf could move out of position and contact surrounding components, including the fuel tank."

The issue can result in a leaking fuel tank with an increased risk of fire. The automaker is not aware of any accidents, injuries or deaths in connection with the recall, according to a company news release.  

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received around two dozen complaints from Tacoma owners that date back as far as 2011. 

"A broken leaf spring cut my brake line, and my brakes stopped working with my 8-year-old child in the truck," wrote one Tacoma owner, as quoted by the Times. "I had already replaced a leaf spring on the other side. This could have caused a very serious accident. Luckily, the brakes still had some fluid in them."

The automaker first heard of the issue in 2009, Toyota spokeswoman Amanda Rice told the Times. She noted that a single report can't identify a trend but warrants "monitoring and investigating the issue."

The recall announcement is a bit unusual because it includes vehicles in all 50 states rather than being regional, which is typical for recalls that are related to corrosion. Cars tend to have more corrosion issues in states where road salt is a staple during the winter.

Affected owners will be notified of the recall by mail, and they can reach Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

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