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In a dealer communique sent out today, Toyota has announced the voluntary recall of some 8,000 2010 Tacomas that could suffer from a defect in the front propeller shaft.

Pickuptrucks.com reports that a crack can form in the rear joint, causing the driveshaft to come loose from the truck. Obviously, this defect will only affect four-wheel drive models, so standard two-wheel drive Tacomas are left out of the recall.

According to Brian Lyons, Toyota's head of safety communications, "Most of the vehicles [included in the recall] are in the pipeline in Toyota's distribution system or on dealer lots."

Affected owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 for more information, and Toyota dealers will perform a ten minute visual inspection of the trucks. Naturally, if they find a fault with the prop shaft assembly, it will be replaced free of charge.

[Source: Pickuptrucks.com]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Supplier problem. Seems a lot of manufacturers are opening the new decade with recalls.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No, about as bad as a Canyon/Colorado.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My, is that the ugliest truck you ever saw or what? look at that picture; now lets review, they don't get better milage, they are not high performance, they break, and they look like hell.

      Why are they so superior again?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Subjective. I think it's the best looking truck on the road.
        • 5 Years Ago
        To be fair, it doesn't look bad at all. Now the Dakota, that is an ugly truck. And I like Dodge trucks. The 1st gen Dakota was great looking. I wanted to buy one. Then they screwed the pooch on the second one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So it's a manufacturing defect according to Dana.

      If there is a defect Ford and Nissan should do a recall also just to be safe.

      • 5 Years Ago
      My 2001 Toyota PU had a defective prop shaft and now it's back.

      There's a shaft joke in there somewhere...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I lol'ed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I suspect we will see many more Toyota recalls as they try to get everything out now. By doing a bunch of voluntary recalls they will give themselves a proactive image which might help to combat all the secretive crap that when on with the accelerators.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this wouldn't event be news on a year ago
      Big Recalls of history
      #1 Ford
      cruise control switch
      #2 Ford
      ignition systems that caused fires
      #3 GM
      failing engine mounts, which among other things could cause unexpected acceleration
      #4 GM
      suspension bolt that could fall loose
      then #5 the Toyota floor mats
      They are new to the majors in this game, they still make will built cars but some of there luster has faded.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. This would have been a silent customer service call.

        How does it feel to stand in GMs` shoes, Toyota?

        Too bad it took something so big, to happen before the other Toyota problems could come to light.

        I hope when this all blows over we don`t go back to giving certian companys a free pass.

        They all have problems and always had.

        Now I wish people would get off Chryslers back. Poor Chrysler the company that been gutted by everyones darling Mercedes.
        Chrysler has to squeek by for now until they can get the cash flowing again for devopement. Diamler ripped their engineering apart and Cerberus when farther.

        Chrysler is 180 deg out from where Toyota was a few months back. Neither company derserves to be where they were or are in perception.
        Chryslers are pretty good if you give them a optimistic view.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow Toyota has just had a great start to the new decade lately.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hmm, it seems that Toyota should put an asterisk next to their slogan nowadays...

        Toyota - Moving forward.*
        • 5 Years Ago

        I actually read this unfortunate slogan somewhere:

        Toyota -- Moving Forward, even when you don't want to.
        • 5 Years Ago
        According to Reuters.com its was a manufacture defect.

        • 5 Years Ago
        LoL Smileyface
        • 5 Years Ago
        Up until now when people thought of Toyota they thought ultra reliable boring cars. I guess they didnt like that. This is how they are fighting back.

        "Call me reliable now"...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Toyota: Sometimes we just can't stop moving forward. Other times we can't move forward at all. Or we move forward into dozens of class-action lawsuits. Or the truck moves forward but the driveshaft doesn't. Or maybe vice-versa, if you're on a hill or something.

        Toyota: By dammit, we're moving forward. In new and ever-changing ways.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know this is probably gonna open up a can of worms but....Why don't automakers just drop all of this electronic throttle control and all of this other electronic computer crap. And don't tell me "they won't be able to meet emissions standards". When i step on the gas i want it to manually pull a rod that opens the throttle. I don't want some electric motor doing it. They would save on emissions by not producing all these navigation screens and electronics. Those all require factories that produce waste. Less parts to break=less parts to recall=happy customer. Engines are too complicated nowadays. Its ridiculous. Especially the hybrids. Waste of money. I said it before, if i buy a hybrid the reason would be to save money on gas. So if I'm buying a hybrid, i want to SAVE MONEY! Not pay a premium over the standard gas engine. All that extra money buys a lot of gas and the standard is easier to fix. Cars are worse and worse. More screens, more electronic nannies, more disconnection from the road. I'm done ranting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your thoughts are mine exactly. I want to be driving my car, not a series of computers. Simplicity is brilliant.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the horse and buggy is a simplistic vehicle.... or a single speed bicycle (21 speed may be too complicated)

        ...with innovation comes tribulation
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yep, todays cars are a long way from a 72 Beetle. For my daily driver, I will be looking for older cars with manual everything and AC.
        • 5 Years Ago
        With you 100%. In an effort to "protect" us all from ourselves and others that don't drive and learn the skills but simply "steer" we've led ourselves to the automatic car.

        Based on standard options we:

        Don't know how to shift
        Don't know how to read a map
        Don't know how to park
        Don't know how to brake
        Don't know the limits of the stability of the vehicle
        Don't know there is ice on the road even though it's snowing
        Don't know it's time to change the oil
        Don't know our tires are low
        Don't know our fuel is low
        Don't know what direction we are going
        Don't know our seatbelt isn't on
        Don't know when the door is open
        Don't know our lights are on
        Don't know how to manually adjust mirror for brights
        Don't know how to turn on the wipers
        Need an inflating bag to hit you in the face because you wwon't use your seatbelt
        Don't know how to look when changing lanes
        Don't see the vehicle in front of you is stopping brakes for you

        Cars designed and equipped for idiots.

        I'll take my 72 911 over all this crap anytime
        • 5 Years Ago
        Cars are really much better now if one is not cutting corners just for the sake of gaining the title of number 1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not surprised here...
      • 5 Years Ago
      dam toyota again?
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