Do you own a 2007-2012 Toyota Tundra? Do you notice any rust on the attachment bolts and washers on your truck bed? If you do, then you may want to contact the service department at your local Toyota dealer for a replacement.
Toyota has released a Technical Service Bulletin for a rust condition on the floor area of all 2007-2011 Toyota Tundra pickup truck bed floors. Check out your truck bed and see if you qualify.
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As you have undoubtedly heard, Toyota plans on recalling 2.47 million vehicles in the U.S. (7.43 million globally) to fix a power window issue that some news agencies are erroneously reporting as a “fire risk.”
UPDATE: A new statement has been added to some news reports stating “documents filed by U.S. safety regulators show customers have reported 161 fires and nine injuries.” We have found that this “fire” is really classified as an “electrical fire” such as when the switch gets hot and smokes. Further analysis of the report shows that there were 161 incidents of smoke out of 2.4 million vehicles which is 0.0067% of the total recalled. Not really a big fire risk.
This is unfortunate – and borderline irresponsible – because while the recall effects all switches, the risk of fire is limited to switches that:
- Are “sticking” (this isn’t every switch…not even close)
- Have been “fixed” with a conventional lubricant like WD40
- Because the switch was never, ever designed for conventional lubrication, there is a chance that switches which have been lubed with something like WD40 could catch on fire
This explanation of Toyota’s massive recall is detailed, nuanced, and entirely too difficult to explain in 2 seconds. SO, most media outlets are reporting a global vehicle recall number (7.4 million) along with the phrase “fire risk” and leaving it at that.
This is BS, no?
On Thursday, March 1, 2012 CNN ran a report that accused Toyota of covering up a 2006 memo that CNN says reveals that the Japanese Automaker’s engineers knew about the “unintended acceleration” in their vehicles including the Tundra. Toyota responded quickly about these allegations calling the report “Grossly Inaccurate.”
If you own a 2011 Toyota Tundra and you bought it from Gulf States Toyota, then your truck may be under a recall. This news is far less serious than it may sound. There are currently over 500 Toyota Tundra pick up trucks that are being recalled due to a sticker with improper information after certain wheel and tire packages were installed. The stickers that are being recalled provide the wrong load carrying capacity of the 2011 Toyota Tundra.