Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) U.S.A. has announced it will conduct a voluntary safety recall to inspect the front driveshaft on a small production run of certain 2010 model year Tacoma 4WD trucks. The front shaft in approximately 8,000 vehicles may include a component that contains cracks that developed during the manufacturing process. As those vehicles are used, the cracks may eventually lead to the separation of the driveshaft at the joint portion.
This condition only involves two specific front driveshaft production lot numbers installed in certain 2010 model year Tacoma 4WD vehicles. No other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved.
Dealers will be instructed to perform an inspection to identify the specific lot numbers located on the front driveshaft. Based upon the inspection results, in a limited number of cases, the front driveshaft may need to be replaced.
Toyota said the inspection is estimated to take 10 minutes. The inspection and/or replacement will be performed at no cost to the vehicle owner. Vehicle owners will be contact by mail in mid-March, 2010.
For information on all of Toyota’s recent recalls, go to: www.toyota.com/recall.