Toyota has officially announced a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) for the recall on pickups and one important thing to note is the recall has been expanded to include all 2005-2012 model year Toyota Tacoma’s. The recall is to replace a faulty steering-wheel spiral assembly. Part of a possible design flaw, friction could develop between spiral cable and the retainer in the steering-wheel assembly. This friction could lead to a loss of connectivity with the driver’s airbag and cause the airbag not to deploy in a crash.
The TSB number is “T-SB-0057-12.” Like most TSB’s the repair is covered under the Toyota Comprehensive Warranty, 36 months or 36,000 miles whichever occurs first. The TSB states that a “noise complaint” can be detected which will help in determining if the part does indeed need replaced.
The repair consists of replacing the steering shaft with a newly designed model. Essentially, the old the shaft is removed and replaced with this new part. Then, after a proper replacement, an alignment maybe needed if the wheels weren’t kept in alignment. The alignment is meant to make sure the steering wheel lines up correctly with the tires. Lastly, a test drive should be performed to confirm the problem has been taken care of.
Affected truck owners are encouraged to contact their local dealer to setup the repair.