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Toyota Recalls 160,000 Tacoma Pickups in United States and Canada

 

Toyota Motor Corporation is recalling about 160,000 Tacoma mid-size pickup trucks from the model years 2001 to 2004 in United States, particularly in Washington D.C. and in Canada because the spare tire could fall off, recently reported.

Apparetly, the spare tire in these Tacoma models is stored beneath the trucks’ bed. It is considered as the latest safety recalls that have plagued the Japanese auto maker in recent years. Accordingly, earlier this month, Toyota recalled 2.77 million vehicles around the world, including the Prius hybrid and Corolla compact car models, for water pump and steering shaft problems. Lately in October, the company recalled 7.43 million vehicles for faulty power-window switches that can cause fires.

Meanwhile, in Tacomas case, a plate used to hold the spare tire under the truck bed can rust after being exposed to the road salt for a longest time. The problem has already caused two minor incident but no injuries at all, Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons reported.

Toyota now advices that deals shall inspect and may replace the plates at no cost to the owners. Toyota will start advising owners by mail in December.

The Toyota company has been trying to fix its reputation after a series of massive recalls of 14 million vehicles over the last several years, mostly in the United States, for unintended acceleration involving faulty floor mats, braking or gas pedals.

Toyota also reported that dealers will replace the spare tire assembly, it necessary, without charge to Tacoma owners.

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