Toyota issues recall for 150K Tacoma pickups over possible spare tire trouble

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Default Toyota issues recall for 150K Tacoma pickups over possible spare tire trouble

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Report Date: November 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V542000

Vehicle Model Year(s) Make / Model: 2001-2004 TOYOTA / TACOMA
Manufacturer: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing
Report Receipt Date: NOV 23, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V542000

Component: TIRES:TEMPORARY/EMERGENCY SPARE TIRE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 150,000

Summary:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2001 through 2004 Tacoma light
trucks manufactured from August 28, 2000, through August 27, 2004, and
originally sold, or currently registered, in the following cold
climate states with high road salt usage: Connecticut, Delaware,
Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,
Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the
District of Columbia. The spare tire in the subject vehicles is
located underneath the rear of the vehicle and held by a spare tire
carrier. A lift plate on the carrier is used to help raise, lower and
retain the tire. During its manufacture, the lift plate may not have
been sufficiently coated with anti-corrosion materials. If the plate
is insufficiently coated and the vehicle is operated in cold climate
regions where road salts are frequently used, road spray can reach the
carrier assembly and corrode the lift plate.

Consequence:
Corrosion of the plate could cause it to break, which could result in
detachment of the spare tire from the vehicle. Detachment of the spare
tire could result in a road hazard which may increase the risk of a
vehicle crash.

Remedy:
A remedy for this defect is currently being developed. Toyota will
notify owners when a remedy plan has been finalized. The recall is
expected to begin during December 2012. Owners may contact their
Toyota dealer or the Toyota Customer Experience Center at
1-800-331-4331.

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