Toyota Recall 2012: Toyota recalling 160,000 Tacoma pickups in U.S. and Canada

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Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling about 160,000 Tacoma mid-size pickup trucks from the model years 2001 to 2004 in United States and Canada.

The spare tire in these Tacoma models is stored beneath the trucks’ bed. According to Toyota, when the trucks were made, the metal plate that keeps the spare tire in place was not coated with sufficient amounts of phosphate to retard rust. Two accidents have been reported to Toyota involving vehicles following a Tacoma truck, but they did not result in injuries.

Toyota Tacoma Recall

Toyota Tacoma Recall

The recall affects Tacomas in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Over time and in limited cases, corrosion of the plate could cause it to break, causing the detachment of the spare tire. The recall covers 150,000 trucks originally sold in 20 cold-weather U.S. states and 10,000 trucks in Canada. Letters will go to the owners of the recalled vehicles in December. Toyota dealers will replace the spare tire assembly, if necessary, without charge to Tacoma owners.

Tacoma owners with questions can call Toyota at (800) 331-4331.

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