Toronto, Ontario – Toyota Canada has announced a voluntary safety recall on certain 2010 Tacoma pickup trucks, and has expanded its floor mat recall to include certain Corolla, Matrix and Highlander vehicles.
The voluntary safety recall is for certain 2010 Tacoma four-wheel drive trucks to inspect the front drive shaft on a small production run. The front shaft in these vehicles may include a component that contains cracks that developed during the manufacturing process. As the vehicles are used, the cracks may eventually lead to separation of the drive shaft at the joint portion. The condition involves only two specific drive shaft production lot numbers, installed in certain 2010 Tacoma 4WD vehicles; dealers will inspect the vehicles to identify the numbers located on the drive shaft and, if necessary, replace the shaft. Toyota will notify owners by first-class mail starting in mid-March of 2010.
Toyota is also expanding its voluntary safety improvement campaign for modification or replacement of the accelerator pedal in affected models to address the risk of floor mat entrapment. The recall has been amended to include certain Highlander, Corolla, Venza and Matrix models.
The company said that although no vehicle defect has been identified in the models now included, it has decided to provide the same vehicle improvements to owners of those vehicles to address the potential risk of floor mat entrapment due to an incompatible or unsecured all-weather floor mat.
In addition, although not included in the safety improvement campaign, Toyota Canada has also decided to offer certain vehicle-based improvements, including modifying the accelerator pedal, for Venza owners affected by a separate safety campaign to replace the genuine Toyota all-weather floor mat purchased as an accessory for the affected model.
Toyota said that customers should always ensure that the correct floor mat for the model is being used, that it matches the size of the space on the carpet, that it is properly installed and secured, that it is not flipped over with the bottom side up, and that one floor mat is not stacked over another.