Toyota Issues Massive Recall for 661K Trucks and SUVs Due to Axle and Transmission Problems

381K Tacomas & 280K Tundras, Sequoias, & Lexus LX600s have faulty rear axles & transmission problems.

In a short period of time, Toyota has announced two recalls that impact more than 500,000 vehicles. A total of 661,663 trucks and SUVs could potentially be affected by these recalls, both of which are related to the driveline.

Toyota has announced a significant recall for around 381,000 Tacoma pickups from the 2022 and 2023 model years. The automaker clarified that the rear axle assembly in certain trucks may contain leftover welding debris from the production process. This could result in retaining nuts becoming loose and potentially falling off. Such an occurrence, according to Toyota, could have adverse effects on the stability and braking performance of the vehicle.

Currently, there is no available data on possible incidents or injuries that may have occurred as a result of this issue. The NHTSA has not yet made an official announcement about the recall and related paperwork, but we have reached out to Toyota for additional information. We will provide an update as soon as more details are obtained. In the meantime, it can be confirmed that Toyota dealers will conduct inspections of the rear axle assemblies for any loose parts and make the necessary adjustments or replacements. Notifications will begin in April for affected owners.

The second recall pertains to a reduced number of 281,663 automobiles, yet encompasses a wider range of models. These include the Toyota Tundra, both the standard and Hybrid versions, as well as the Lexus LX600 from 2022 to 2024. Additionally, Sequoia models for 2023 and 2024 are also included. The reason behind this recall is due to a potential problem with unexpected movement when shifting into neutral. According to Toyota, the clutch discs in the transmission may not disengage immediately in neutral, leading to the vehicle moving forward at a slow pace of up to 4 mph. While there have been no reported injuries or accidents connected to this issue, there have been five field reports and one warranty claim.

The solution for this issue is not as complex as the one needed for the Tacoma. By updating the transmission’s ECU with new software, the problem should be resolved. On February 21, dealers were informed of this update and in April, owners will also be notified.

Although the recall of 661,000 vehicles is a significant number, Toyota cannot compare to the recall giant, Ford. Based in Dearborn, this brand holds the title of being the most frequent automaker to issue recalls in America for consecutive years. In the beginning of 2024, Ford topped its own record by recalling two million Explorers.

Sources: Toyota, NHTSA

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