Toyota Recalls Over 600,000 Tacoma Pickups for Leaf Springs

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Sometimes, a car part as simple as a spring can lead to a disaster under the right, or should we say wrong, circumstances. This is demonstrated now by Toyota, which is conducting a new recall for bad springs that can lead to a fire hazard.
Sounds a bit confusing right? Well it’s not; Toyota said some Tacoma pickup trucks are equipped with leaf spring suspensions at the rear, constructed of either three or four leaves that could break and present a potential fire hazard.

The problem is that under stress and corrosion, a leaf could fracture and shift its position endangering the fuel tank’s integrity. Once the tank gets repeatedly hit by the broken leaf it could puncture and a fire could start.

Toyota just announced that it has advised the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of its plans to conduct a voluntary safety recall involving around 690,000 model-year 2005-2011 Tacoma 4x4 and Tacoma Pre-Runner pickup trucks.

No fires, crashes, injuries or fatalities regarding the problem have been reported so far. Owners of the vehicles involved will receive a notification via first class mail to take their cars at the nearest dealership to be checked and fixed at no cost.

For further information you can call Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.
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