August 09, 2013

Source: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI)

Toyota has voluntarily issued a recall of approximately 342,451 Tacoma vehicles due to a seatbelt failure that compromises the security of the belt presenting a great threat to occupants.  Wear and tear can cause screws that attach the seat belt pre-tensioner to the seat belt retractor to loosen over time.  In the event of an accident, this auto defect can prevent the seat belt from functioning as designed, significantly increasing the risk of catastrophic injuries.  The vehicles included in the recall class are:  2005-2010 Tacoma Access Cab vehicles manufactured September 14, 2004 through March 29, 2010; and 2011 Tacoma Access Cab vehicles manufactured July 1, 2010 through September 7, 2011.

A recall has not been set, but once determined, dealers will inspect the vehicles and perform any necessary service free of charge.  Owners may contact Toyota directly at 1-800-331-4331.  Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V337000.

Owners are encouraged to contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.safercar.gov with any questions or concerns surrounding these or any other recalls or safety campaigns.