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Toyota Recalls 2012/13 Tacoma Pickups – Disabled Safety Systems

Toyota is recalling about 109,000 2012/13 Tacoma pickups to fix an issue affecting several electronic safety systems. These systems can turn off during a skid which may cause the pickup to lose control. Here is what you need to know.

Toyota Recalls 2012/13 Tacoma Pickups - Disabled Safety Systems

Toyota is recalling approximately 109,000 2012/13 Tacoma pickups to fix an issue that could cause several safety systems to fail.

The problem, according to Toyota, is a “manufacturing variation” on an electrical terminal. This terminal can turn off the antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability control. In more exact terms, the electrical component in the brake actuator, which adjusts fluid pressure in each wheel cylinder, may experience increased resistance that can cause the systems to turn off.

These systems work together during a skid to safely get the vehicle back under control. The loss of these systems could reduce “directional control assistance” which could increase the risk of a crash. Toyota says that that basic braking would still work properly.

Toyota reported to the National Highway Safety Transportation Agency that it received the first of a series of complaints in July 2012. During the subsequent investigations, it found that “in most cases” that by restarting the pickup, the system would work again. However, Toyota, says they have had trouble finding the source of the issue.

While they didn’t narrow down the exact cause, they did narrow down the part and the supplier. Toyota concluded that the problem only occurred on parts built by an Ohio parts supplier. In response, the supplier was dropped in December 2012 and Toyota switched to a Japanese-made part.

In a news release, Toyota said it was not aware of any injuries or accidents related to the problem. The “voluntary” recall according to Toyota is to remedy the potential likelihood of an issue occurring.

Do you have one of the vehicles affected? Are you concerned?

  • I am having this issue. You do not say the remedy to the problem. Toyota says there is not recall.