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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ruled that Toyota must recall nearly 160,000 Tundra pickups built between 2003 and 2005 in order to deactivate the front-seat passenger air bag cut-off switch in each truck. The Tundras fail to meet an NHTSA regulation that requires vehicles equipped with air bag cut-off switches to also have LATCH (lower anchorages and tethers for children) systems. Deactivating the cut-off switches was deemed less expensive than retrofitting the Tundras with the LATCH system.

Toyota had petitioned the NHTSA to waive the regulation in this case, but on June 28th the administration denied its request. The voluntary recall will begin in September after Toyota engineers the parts necessary to deactivate the cut-off switch. With the switch deactivated, the Tundra's front-seat passenger air bag will always deploy and it will not be safe to place a child seat there from now on. 2006 model year Tundras come with their air bag cut-off switches deactivated from the factory.

While we don't know what the cost of the parts used in the recall will be, there will be two hours of labor per vehicle involved. At $100 per hour, a figure quoted by The Detroit News, the recall will cost Toyota at least $16 million.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      @24. I have an '85 Supra. When should I expect the floor to fall out? The floor has been well attached for 21 years and seen over 200k miles. I've yet to see any documented cases for floors falling out (unlike vette roofs flying off), so if you can point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it. I'm a believer in preventative maintenance in these cases and would hate to lose my floor on a long trip.

      • 8 Years Ago
      26. Mad Syrupmaker-

      Your name points to the truth...you truly are mad. Show me one report that cites Toyotas as having the "worst quality in the industry".



      Ah ha ha ha

      Try Forbes,

      Toyota recalls 10.1%(every tenth car is a clunker)
      GM recalls 6.8%

      Toyota may not be No.1 in recalls, Ford has that distinction but they are way out front of "The General" and Chrysler is even less. You babies better wear some padded diapers....Ah ha ha ha ha, You're gonna need 'em, that pavement sure gets hot in the summertime.......
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's a ridiculous law, and regardless, Toyota should have installed LATCH just to be compliant. In my opinion, this is not a real recall, this is just some asshole bureaucrat trying to keep their jobs by creating as many problems as possible.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Nothing to see here."
      "Move along."
      "This is none of your concern."
      • 8 Years Ago
      You're right, Gardener. But Tundra owners who've been affected by this should direct their anger at Toyota since it's they who did not comply and, when they got caught, also elected not to put in the LATCH anchors that would have brought the truck into compliance.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I know that the sensational part of this story is that Toyota will spend $16 million on this recall, but I'd imagine that no more than 1/2 of the truck owners ever come have this done.

      If you are single, or don't have kids, or don't have kids living with you anymore, it seems that the switch is way more valuable than the LATCH system.

      I suspect the actual number of people who bring the truck back in to have this done is less than 25%. Seems the purchaser knew in advance that there wasnt a LATCH system on the truck - be they original buyer or used.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #32 Only fools use % to prove a point. Why? Look at the total number of cars each company produces, same number of cars recalled, lower % because of the dividing number.

      This is a recall required by NHTSA and Toyota, per the law (and while we are complaining about the law, who votes for the folks that make the laws? You and I do, so stop complaining about the laws and vote the bastards out if you think it's a stupid law.) decided to ignore it.

      And-- there is a key sentence here that says it all about the vaunted Toyota, it's this:

      "Deactivating the cut-off switches was deemed less expensive than retrofitting the Tundras with the LATCH system."

      They lost, now just fix the vehicles, but fix them correctly, not the cheapest way.
      shaun
      • 8 Years Ago
      toyota trucks are crap
      • 8 Years Ago
      So these laws are ridiculous since Toyota has a problem with complying? If this were Ford or GM, you all would be pouring out the comments on how inept and stupid FOrd and GM are to having failed to install such a system since there is a law on it. When Toyota fails to comply, suddenly the law is stupid. I will tell you people, STOP PUTTING TOYOTA ON A PEDISTAL!! I have owned a Toyota, a '91 Celica. Yes it was a great car, yes it lasted a long time. This was before Toyota was hell-bent on global domintation. My friend bought an '07 Camry and ALREADY HAS HAD TO TAKE IT BACK FOR A TRANSMISSION GLITCH! I was surprised. Another frined bought an FJ Crusier and she has had to take it back for a recall on her wheels and tires.... Another frined bought an '05 Chevy Malibu MAxx. NO problems, no recalls. Now I am not a fan of the current crop of American cars, not to my taste style wise and the interiors are a bit cheap. I do not own a Japanese car either. However it seems like too many people act like Toyota does no wrong even when they do. Toyota I guess should be lucky to have such brand loyalty. Kind of like Italians with their Fiats. HUGE PIECES OF RUBBISH, yet they will buy them and argue how good they are til they are blue in the face. It truely baffles me....
      • 8 Years Ago
      In fact, ppl definetly should not take their cars to be "fixed".

      :-).
      • 8 Years Ago
      The people affected by in reality are a small group: Those who have kids riding in the passenger seat in a car seat. This has no impact on the rest of the population. Besides, most people with kids don't buy regular cab trucks to haul kids around. It's not practical or safe.
      -If you are driving around in any car with the baby seat in the front passenger seat, you're stupid for endangering the child.
      -If you purchased any car and knew the front seat isn't LATCH compliant but you still want to carry your kid up there, you're twice the fool.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mad Syrupmaker-

      Your name points to the truth...you truly are mad. Show me one report that cites Toyotas as having the "worst quality in the industry".

      My father has a 1994 Camry that has never given him any problems and is still running great. I've told him a million times to get a new car but he loves it and probably won't get rid of it til it craps out. Still waiting for the day when the bottom of his car falls out...

      and Sam,

      Your car is only 5 years old. I would HOPE it hasn't given you any problems yet. And about the ratings you cite...do they foretell the future in terms of car dependability? If you go to the MSN Autos site and look under your car's "Reliability" tab, as compared to a 2001 Tacoma, you'll see the difference.

      And to make my point clear, I'm not saying Toyotas are wonderful, amazing cars that will never have any problems whatsoever. I'm just pointing out how ridiculous some of the comments made by foreign car haters are, and how they simply can't bear to see anyone make fun of domestic brands but then gleefully proclaim the downfall of Toyota a couple of recalls.

      I for one, think Toyota should've installed the LATCH systems in the first place. I also think that the recent recalls they've had should be a wake-up call for them before their quality starts slipping to VW levels.
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