Recall Alert: 2009-2010 Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Tacoma, 2008-2010 Toyota Highlander, 2006-2008 Toyota RAV4, 2006-2010 Toyota Yaris

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1.3 million Toyota vehicles including model-year 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2009-2010 Tacoma, 2008-2010 Highlander, 2006-2008 RAV4 and 2006-2010 Yaris

The Problem: Electrical connections to a spiral cable assembly can be damaged when the steering wheel is turned. This could lead to the driver's airbag being deactivated, failing to deploy in a crash. If this damage occurs, an airbag warning light will illuminate in the instrument cluster.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the spiral cable assembly with an upgraded version.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota will notify owners by mail, but no date has been given for when the notices will be sent. Concerned owners can contact Toyota at 800-331-4331 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By David Thomas | April 9, 2014 | Comments (8)

Toyota Recalls 1.8 Million Vehicles in U.S.

Update: Links to both U.S.-related recalls are listed below.

Original Post: Toyota is recalling 1.8 million cars, trucks and SUVs in the U.S. and 6.39 million globally over two separate issues.

The larger recall includes popular models like the Toyota Corolla, Highlander and RAV4 over a cable assembly that connects to the driver's airbag. If it fails the airbag might not deploy. This recall also involves the Pontiac Vibe, built alongside the Toyota Matrix, but is unrelated to GM's recent ignition switch recall.

A separate recall involves the Toyota Yaris and Scion xD and could lead to a driver's seat not staying in place during an accident.

You can read more about the recalls at USA Today and get full details on the U.S. models recalled at the links below.

Recall Alert: 2009-2010 Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Tacoma, 2008-2010 Toyota Highlander, 2006-2008 Toyota RAV4, 2006-2010 Toyota Yaris

Recall Alert: 2006-2010 Toyota Yaris, 2008-2010 Scion xD

By David Thomas | April 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Fare from our coverage of the 2014 Chicago Auto Show in February continued to be popular on our list of most-watched videos. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays' auto-show intro to the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype sedan moved up one spot this week to No. 1. That relegated to No. 2 last week's champ, the video of the 2015 Toyota Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pro Package tackling the Japanese automaker's expansive indoor off-roading track at the auto show. This week's lone newcomer to the list was the 2014 Scion tC at No. 5. Check out what else was popular.

1. 2015 Acura TLX Prototype — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
2. 2015 Toyota Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pro Package — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
3. 2015 Toyota 4Runner — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
4. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL550 MW
5. 2014 Scion tC

By Matt Schmitz | March 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

The 2014 Chicago Auto Show ended Monday, but our videos from the nation's largest car exhibition continue to be popular. Nos. 1 and 3 both feature PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams checking out the TRD Pro Package off-road editions of Toyota trucks in action on the Japanese automaker's expansive indoor off-roading track at the Windy City show. The 2015 Tundra and Tacoma's demonstrations took the first-place spot with the 4Runner's in third. Meanwhile, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays' auto-show intro to the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype sedan checked in at No. 2. Check out what else was popular.

1. 2015 Toyota Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pro Package — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
2. 2015 Acura TLX Prototype — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
3. 2015 Toyota 4Runner — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
4. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL550 MW
5. 2015 GMC Sierra HD

By Matt Schmitz | February 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2012 Toyota RAV4, 2012-2013 Toyota Tacoma, 2012-2013 Lexus RX 350

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 260,000 2012 Toyota RAV4 SUVs, 2012-2013 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks and 2012-2013 Lexus RX 350 SUVs.

The Problem: An electronic circuit condition can cause vehicle stability control, antilock brakes and traction control to turn off intermittently. Basic braking would still function but not the added safety systems in these conditions. There are no reports of accidents or injuries due to the malfunction.

The Fix: The cars will receive a software update at the dealer.

What Should Owners Do: A time frame for the recall has not been released yet, but Toyota will contact all owners by mail. Concerned owners can contact Toyota at 800-331-4331, Lexus at 800-255-3987, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Additional reporting by Kelsey Mays.

 

By David Thomas | February 12, 2014 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: 2005-10 and 2011 Toyota Tacoma

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Toyota is recalling 342,451 model-year 2005-10 and 2011 Tacoma Access Cab pickup trucks due to a potential problem with the seat belts that could reduce the effectiveness of seat belt pretensioners, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles from the 2005-10 model years were manufactured between Sept. 14, 2004, and March 29, 2010, and those from the 2011 model year were manufactured between July 1, 2010, and Sept. 7, 2011. If the access doors are repeatedly and forcefully closed, the screws that attach the seat belt pretensioner to the seat belt retractor can loosen over time. If the screws loosen completely, the pretensioner and the retractor spring cover could detach from the retractor; if this happens, the pretensioner will not perform as designed, increasing the risk of injury in a severe crash, NHTSA stated.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will correct the problem for free. Depending on the results of an inspection, the seat belt assembly will be replaced or new pretensioner screws will be installed with thread-locking sealant and a retractor spring cover with stopper ribs to prevent loosening of the screws. The automaker has not provided a notification schedule. Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331, NHTSA's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 9, 2013 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 3,235 2009-13 Toyotas

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Southeast Toyota Distributors is recalling 3,235 vehicles spanning model-years 2009-13 due to problems with the occupant sensing system, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were modified by Southeast Toyota Distributors to include accessories such as leather seat covers, seat heaters or head-restraint DVD system. During the installation process, the passenger seat occupant sensing system may not have been tested. This could cause the airbags to not deploy or to deploy inappropriately for the passenger's size, increasing the risk of injury. 

By Jennifer Geiger | January 28, 2013 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2001-04 Toyota Tacoma

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Toyota is voluntarily recalling about 150,000 Tacoma pickup trucks to inspect and possibly replace the spare-tire carrier assembly, the automaker announced.

The recalled vehicles were originally sold or are currently registered in 20 cold-climate states and the District of Columbia. In these vehicles, the spare tire is stored underneath the rear bed and suspended by a spare-tire carrier on a metal lift plate. During the manufacturing process, the spare-tire carrier lift plate may not have been sufficiently coated with phosphate. That, combined with prolonged exposure to road salt and other environmental factors, could cause corrosion of the lift plate, causing it to break and detach the spare tire from the vehicle.

In addition to the District of Columbia, the affected states include 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.

Toyota said it would notify owners of the recalled vehicles in December. Dealers will inspect and replace the spare-tire carrier assembly at no cost. Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 for more information.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

PickupTrucks.com Ultimate 4x4 Shootout

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The mission was simple: find out who makes the best, from-the-factory four-wheel-drive off-road package. PickupTrucks.com pitted four trucks against each other in a decathlon of dirt. Model-year 2012 versions of the Ford SVT Raptor, Nissan Frontier PRO-4X, Ram Power Wagon and Toyota Tacoma Baja went head to head in 10 grueling events.

Click here for the results.

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By Jennifer Geiger | September 18, 2012 | Comments (0)

Toyota Prices Limited-Edition Tacoma TRD T/X Baja Series Package

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Toyota's off-road-oriented Tacoma TRD T/X Baja Series Package will cost $5,015, less a $650 factory credit, when it goes on sale this May. The limited-edition model is equipped with a 4.0-liter V-6 engine mated either to a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. Package-specific equipment includes an upgraded suspension, exclusive wheels and a unique exterior appearance package.

Check out PickupTrucks.com for full pricing info and driving impressions.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 26, 2012 | Comments (0)

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