• Dec 14, 2007
The never-ending saga of Toyota's struggle to gain acceptance for its Tundra pickup in the U.S. market was made more difficult today with a new recall affecting some 15,600 trucks. Apparently the rear propeller shaft on some four-wheel-drive Tundras could separate at a joint because Toyota's supplier improperly heat treated it. Automotive News reports that Toyota discovered the problem when a single owner complained about noises coming from that area of his truck. Only one case of the shaft actually separating from the joint has been reported according to Toyota, and it did not result in an accident.

Credit Toyota for investigating the issue and determining which trucks are affected, then actually issuing this recall despite knowing it will hurt in the court of consumer opinion. In addition to today's recall, Toyota has also had to deal with Tundra owners complaining of "rumble strip" noises coming from the transmission, camshaft failures on a small number of trucks, and weak tailgates that have failed.

Toyota still hopes to sell 200,000 Tundras this year, and through the end of November has actually sold 177,336 units. It will require a BIG sales month in December to move nearly 25,000 Tundras, especially considering that the pickup's best selling month this year was July when 23,150 Tundra were sold.

[Source: Automotive News, Toyota]

PRESS RELEASE:

Toyota Announces Safety Recall On Selected Tundra Pickup Trucks

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., will launch a safety recall with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on certain 2007 model year Tundra four-wheel-drive pickup trucks. The campaign will involve approximately 15,600 units in the U.S. and does not involve any accidents or injures.

On certain 2007 model year Tundra vehicles, there is a possibility that a joint in the rear propeller shaft may have been improperly heat treated, resulting in insufficient hardness. In the worst case, a section of the rear propeller shaft may separate at the joint. There has been one case reported among all affected vehicles that may relate to this condition. The one case involved abnormal noise and did not involve an accident.

Owners will be notified via first class mail beginning in late-December 2007. Owners are requested to contact their local Toyota dealer for inspection upon receiving their notification. If the hardness is not correct, the dealer will replace the rear propeller shaft at no charge to the owner of the vehicle.

Customers with questions or concerns should contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it's hilarious how many import-bashers jump on the hater bandwagon. As if domestics haven't had serious problems and recalls with their pickups. If Toyota imported a mature design work truck (like a Landcruiser-70-or-90-series-based pickup), these problems would not exist. It looks like the problems affecting these vehicles are due to the non-Japanese parts and assembly of the vehicles. Just look at the Landcruiser/LX, which share the same engine and tranny. No problems there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      TOYOTA SUCKS!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I guess don't buy the first model year when it comes to Toyotas now...the first year Tundra's have been dogs.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a Turd-ra.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford, GM, and Chrysler build better trucks and now even equal quality cars, but so many of the masses still won't support the domestic product. Such a shame.



      • 7 Years Ago
      True. But it was Toyota who selected the parts. Toyota has to take the blame too. They shouldn't be like VW, who is so concentrated on the cost of subassemblies that they selected MANY bad companies to produce things like window mechanisms and coil packs.

      They saved a few bucks on each and spent it right back and them some replacing them in the field.

      This is penny-wise and pound foolish, and it didn't used to be a mistake Toyota made. They understood the total costs of (poor) quality and made the right decisions up front to prevent problems like this.

      But Toyota has forgotten this a bit and I'm not sure VW really even knew it in the first place.
      • 7 Years Ago
      if they had built this truck in japan this would not have happened because here they are dealing with the low cost american bidder and we all know what happens when the bidder finds out he is loosing money,he finds ways of cutting the cost. this happens all the time to the american car companies causing all these recalls
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah motorman. Know what you mean ...

        Nevermind that 2 months ago Toyota recalled 447,000 Japan-built vehicles sourced there because that flies in the face of your self-hatred or inferiority complex (assuming you are American) or your anti-Americanism (assuming you are not).
        • 7 Years Ago
        depends what the recall was for defect parts or bad engineering. the oil sluging problems were a engineering problem. most american built car recalls are for defective built parts. i have owned nothing but american built cars. 11 new corvettes and 30 new chevys in my life time of 56 years of buying cars and trucks
      • 7 Years Ago
      One owner complaining of noises while stating of shaft problems in another truck.
      Its a bigger problem than only one complaint. wait and see what happens when these trucks actually have miles on them. The sludge non recall went well with the Sienna. (sarcasm)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don`t buy a Ford then.
        Don`t use Ford to defend Toyota. Toyota is no better.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh, are you saying if they had been built in Japan this would not happened? You are sure bias against American auto workers. GM does not have these problems with their trucks. Toyota makes crap and consumers buy them like hot cakes. Wake up America!!! We can make the best products in the world when we set our minds to it. The days of the domestic auto companies just operating in idle are gone.Today they are building the best. I dare you to test drive some of the new GM vehicles.
      Ben K.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Moving forward? I seriously doubt it! What else is new? Toyota is too busy making Toyotathon ads showing them pushing domestic trucks off cliffs and crains dropping a beam on top of a truck. Is that the best they can do in the advertising department? Just a little hypocritical, since they can't get it right from the start on the Tundra. Toyota needs to pull those ads, their offensive! GM is the first to offer fullsize hybrid trucks and SUV's!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Typical POS Toyota.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is what happens when you try to build a truck up to the specifications of companies that have been building trucks for decades. If you were to put this Tundra on a lift or just inspect the frame on the truck you would see that the frame it uses is the same technology the big 3 were using in the eighties. No doubt in time Toyota will figure out how to make a decent full size truck but so far the "truck that's changing everything" is only changing Toyota's perception of quality.
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