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Once again, Toyota is performing a voluntary recall of its Tundra pickup and Sequoia full-size SUV for ball joints that may wear out too quickly. We reported way back in May of 2005 when Toyota recalled 775,000 Tacomas, 4Runners, Tundras and Sequoias for the same issue, and the NHTSA has been investigating the issue since then. This time around, Toyota is recalling 553,000 Tundras and Sequoias built from 2004 through 2007. Anyone who has had a bad ball joint knows not only the irritation they cause, but also the potential for something dangerous to happen. The front suspension where these ball joints are located will make terrible knocking sounds, but in some instances, owners have reported that their worn ball joints have lead to losing control of the vehicle, rollovers and even the trucks collapsing on their front wheels! Automotive News reports that Toyota blamed the first recall in 2005 on the ball joints potentially being scratched during their assembly. Toyota has given no such reason for the recent recall, but it is acting in cooperation with the NHTSA to correct these issues that could be very dangerous for owners of the potentially affected vehicles. Toyota will be notifying those owners in February of the recall, and will replace both the left and right front ball joints at no charge. We should point, as well, that this recall will not effect the full-size Tundra pickup that's all-new and being built in Toyota's new plant in San Antonio, Texas.
[Source: CNN]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmmm. Toyota has a problem with ball joints, and they issue a recall. My Ford truck has a problem with ball joints, and Ford sends me a letter detailing how to inspect them for excessive play. No offer to fix them, just a "howdy!" and "good luck!". Thanks. My next truck will NOT be a Ford. I'll look at the new Silverado, but every year I get my hopes up that GM has finally brought their quality up to the level of the rest of the world, and every year I am beyond disappointed when I take an up-close look.

      I have had all kinds of cars. The number of problems I've had with all the Japanese branded vehicles is less than the problems I've had with each and every American branded vehicle. I've tried again and again to buy American, and each time I've taken it in the rear. When will I learn my lesson? I think the time is now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The more you make the more that break.
      The more people you have working the greater chance for error.
      The fewer suppliers you use, the higher the risk that a failure wil affect a larger number of vehicles.
      The faster you grow the more mistakes you will make.

      It's a recall get over it.

      But------Stop trying to feed us your vaunted reputation crap, it's BS, those of us in the service business knew it was BS.

      Everything breaks go here and look at warranty rates.


      Might want to read this one also

      • 8 Years Ago
      Slowly but surely Toyotas reputation will catch up with reality, as will GM's. I must say that it's interesting seeing their roles slowly reverse.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is exactly why you should buy a Hyundai/Kia product. At least they're trying to be number one and the effort is paying off with exceptional reliability right now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The intelligence on this blog is sometimes laughable. "

      Brian, the intelligence on this blog is ALWAYS laughable. This is where I get my daily fix of a heart-healthy laughter. These guys are funnier jokes than most comedians.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That comment was really unaccepable. Please refer to them as "Oriental" vehicles next time.
      • 8 Years Ago

      funny how your abbreviation just happens to be a slur. was it THAT hard for you to finish typing the last five letters to complete "japanese"? should i expect all your words to be abbreviated? i.e. wel i thi you ar a idio....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota is getting too big, too many recalls the last year! GM and Ford are right behind them. Honda had a huge recall yesterday! Thats why I like Nissan, you know what you are getting in to and they make fun to drive cars!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thanks for the promptness of your post. I may not necessarily like them, but I think it's appropriate if the posting gets on here quickly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Might want to visit here also,
      but keep in mind "goodwill, product update, service bulletins, don't count against the warranty figure, so it depends on how and what you are reporting.

      What the imports spend, what domestics spend may be closer than you think.

      One other thing recalls generally are not applied as warranty.

      • 8 Years Ago
      On friday April 13th I noticed my steering on my 2004 Tundra D cab different, pulling slightly to the right in one lane and left while in the left lane. Fearing I may have a possible power steering problem I pondered to take it to the dealeler to have it checked out. Then the next instant my right ball joint either sheered off at the bolt or just came apart and my wheel nearly was torn from the truck. At 60 mph I was fortunate to have control of the vehicle and I slowly applied the brakes down to 15 mph, moved to the right lane and was forced to drive 1/4 mile until I could get off the busy bridge during rush hour.
      Thankfully no-one was hurt.
      I didn't recieve a recall for my truck and only heard of the Tacoma recall on tv, so this was new news to me.
      My truck is currently being fixed at no cost to me except I don't have a free rental. Toyota is taking full responsibility and is making good on this problem which is something the american automakers should also do.
      I've owned many american trucks and since I've owned Toyota's, this is the only problem I've ever had. They are great vehicles period, and I'll always own Toyota's, and thats coming from an IBEW local 43 union member.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Didn't Toyota have a marketing slogan some years ago that had this catch phrase: "You asked for it...Toyota". 'Nuff said!
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