Nearly 400,000 Tacoma Trucks Recalled Due To Loose Nuts on Rear Axle

Toyota’s popular mid-size truck is subject to a recall after loose nuts from a manufacturing error and posing a significant safety risk.

Loose Nut Issue Explained

Toyota has recalled its popular Tacoma truck after it was revealed that loose nuts may result in the separation of rear axle components. The risk of the rear axle separating would pose a safety risk for both vehicle stability and during braking.

The issue is a result of welding debris which is deposited on the rear axle assembly during the manufacturing process. The debris might result in the retaining nuts loosening and eventually falling off, Toyota has announced.

Which Tacoma Models Are Affected?

This loose nut recall affects 381,000 Tacoma models which have been assembled in Toyota’s San Antonio, Texas plant. Both the rear-wheel and four-wheel drive models are affected across the 2022 and 2023 model years. 

This particular model has now been subject to three recalls so far. The previous recalls affected welding issues for the child seat safety latch and illegible payload label.

This third-generation Tacoma was first introduced in 2016 and now Toyota has unveiled a newly designed Tacoma for 2024. With new tech, larger beds, and hybrid powertrains, Toyota hopes to eliminate design and production flaws that led to so many recalls. 

What Consumers Need to Do Next

Customers of the affected 2022 and 2023 Tacoma recalls should receive a notice in the mail by the end of April 2024. This notice will enclose instructions for owners, informing them that they will need to take their Tacoma truck to their nearest Toyota service center for inspection. From here, Toyota technicians will inspect and tighten the potentially loose rear axle retaining nuts. Any damage that has occurred as a result of the loose nuts will be repaired or replaced entirely by Toyota, free of charge.

You can find out more information about the latest recall for Toyota vehicles on Toyota’s recall hub.

How Consumers Can Take Back Control

This latest announcement from Toyota affects almost 400,000 Tacoma trucks. As the rear axle nuts could eventually fall off, this poses a significant safety risk. Whilst the recalls have been initiated, many owners continue to be unhappy with the solutions provided by automakers. These problems have the potential to escalate into further legal action, just like this – underlining the importance of protecting consumer rights.

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About the Author
Sepehr Daghighian is a partner with CCA that is well-versed in all aspects of lemon-law litigation. A 2005 graduate of Loyola Law School, Mr. Daghighian has been practicing litigation throughout the state of California for over 13-years. In this time, Mr. Daghighian has advocated on behalf of California consumers in hundreds of lemon law cases throughout our great state. Mr. Daghighian has also successfully tried numerous such cases to verdict in both Federal and State Court.