Recall Alert: 2002-2005 Lexus, Toyota and Pontiac Cars, Pickup Trucks, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 250,000 model-year 2002-05 Lexus SC luxury coupes and Toyota Sequoia SUVs, and 2003-05 Tundra pickup trucks, Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchbacks, and Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks, all originally sold or currently registered in high-humidity areas of southern Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa

The Problem: The front passenger airbag inflators are susceptible to rupture in a crash, necessitating the deployment of the front passenger airbag. The inflator could rupture, causing metal fragments to strike and seriously injure the passenger-seat occupant or others.

The Fix: Toyota will notify owners of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, and GM will notify owners of Pontiac vehicles. Dealers will replace the passenger-side airbag inflator for free. As an interim measure if a replacement is not available, the dealer will disable the front passenger airbag and advise owners not to use the front passenger seat until a replacement inflator is installed. Toyota will begin notifying owners around Oct. 25; GM has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners of Toyota and Lexus vehicles can call Toyota at 800-331-4331, and owners of Pontiac Vibes can call GM at 800-521-7300. Owners can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 20, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2014 Toyota Tundra

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Vehicles Affected: More than 130,000 model-year 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax and double-cab pickup trucks manufactured between July 29, 2013, and Aug. 22, 2014

The Problem: Due to the possible incorrect installation of the B-pillar interior trim's upper tab, the side curtain airbags may not deploy properly in a crash, increasing the risk of an injury.

The Fix: Toyota will begin notifying owners on Sept. 30, and dealers will inspect the B-pillar interior trim installation and, if necessary, replace it; the repairs will be made for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Toyota Tundra

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Vehicles Affected: More than 16,200 model-year 2013-14 Toyota Tundra pickup trucks modified by Gulf States Toyota Inc. as part of certain vehicle packages to be equipped with a combination of non-Toyota-brand 20-inch alloy wheels and chrome-plated lug nuts

The Problem: The coating on the lug nuts may give, causing the lug nuts to loosen or the wheel studs to fracture, which may cause the wheel to separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: GST will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will replace 20 lug nuts and torque them to specification for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GST at 800-444-1074, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration'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 15, 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)

2014 Toyota Tundra's Center Console Swallows Purse and More

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The 2014 Toyota Tundra is a roomy half-ton pickup truck, especially when equipped with the larger CrewMax cab. It offers fantastic passenger space, with 42.3 inches of rear legroom and places to put all of my kids' stuff that I haul around on a daily basis. Although roominess isn't unusual in a pickup of this size, the Tundra has a standout feature that makes me especially happy: its center console.

2014 Toyota Tundra: Family Review Checklist

The console is cavernous, and its lid is put to work with molded plastic spaces for pencils, papers and even a holder for a travel pack of tissues. As fantastic as all the features-within-a-feature are, there's no getting around that I love how big the console is because I can fit my purse in there.

By Sara Lacey | February 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Toyota Tundra: Family Review Checklist

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I had no idea what a luxuriously convenient workhorse the 2014 Toyota Tundra pickup truck would be. There weren't any doubts that the Tundra could handle family life, but I never expected it to do it so easily.

My test truck was a Tundra Platinum 5.7-liter V-8 CrewMax 4x4. For 2014, Toyota's full-size pickup received a new exterior look and updates to the interior's center stack and gauges.

With a 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 engine and a hulking exterior, the Tundra is a much smoother ride than you might think. It seemed massive on the crowded freeways of Los Angeles; I was anticipating stiff shoulders from trying to wrangle this beast on the road. In the end, I didn't even break a fingernail. With its standard backup camera and front and rear parking sensors, the Tundra is manageable on the streets and hassle-free in parking lots.

By Carrie Kim | December 18, 2013 | Comments (13)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

An old stalwart was the lone newcomer this week to our list of most-watched videos. Cars.com reviewer David Thomas' critique of the 2014 Ford Mustang GT convertible tore straight to the top with the top down, braking only for the No. 1 spot. Although the Mustang GT hasn't changed much for several years, Thomas says that stripped-down, muscled-up, gas-guzzling bravado is only a bad thing if you didn't care for the "retro ride" in the first place. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
2. 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

3. Brad Keselowski — 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

4. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG
5. 2014 Toyota Tundra

By Matt Schmitz | September 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

The 2014 Fiat 500L moved up through the ranks since last week to land in the No. 1 spot on this week's list of most-watched videos. Two other holdovers from last week, the 2014 Toyota Tundra and 4Runner, checked in at Nos. 2 and 3, while newcomer the 2013 Infiniti M35h debuted in fourth. Check out what was popular:

1. 2014 Fiat 500L
2. 2014 Toyota Tundra

3. 2014 Toyota 4Runner
4. 2013 Infiniti M35h
5. 2013 Light-Duty Challenge

By Matt Schmitz | August 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

A trio of newcomers raced straight to the top three spots among the week's most-popular videos. Leading off the list were a pair of videos showcasing PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams' first drive of both the 2014 Toyota Tundra (at No. 1) and 2014 Toyota 4Runner (at No. 2) on a recent trip to Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains. Meanwhile, Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley's favorable critique of Chevrolet's redesigned flagship sedan, the 2014 Impala, made a favorable debut at No. 3. Check out what was popular:

1. 2014 Toyota Tundra
2. 2014 Toyota 4Runner
3. 2014 Chevrolet Impala
4. 2013 Midsize SUV Challenge
5. 2013 Light-Duty Challenge
By Matt Schmitz | August 3, 2013 | Comments (0)

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