• Mar 7, 2011
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced the recall of 22,000 Toyota trucks and SUVs over improperly calibrated tire pressure monitoring systems. According to NHTSA, certain 2008-2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Tacoma and Tundra models may have been equipped with TPMS units that weren't properly calibrated. As a result, the dash warning light may fail to illuminate in the event of a deflated tire. NHTSA is concerned that this defect may potentially lead to an accident.
Toyota will recalibrate the tire pressure warning systems free of charge, though at this point, the company has yet to disclose its owner notification schedule.

The defect puts the Toyota vehicles in violation of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 138, which specifically deals with tire-pressure monitoring systems. Hit the jump for the full press release.

[Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
TOYOTA / FJ CRUISER 2008-2011
TOYOTA / LAND CRUISER 2008-2011
TOYOTA / SEQUOIA 2008-2011
TOYOTA / TACOMA 2008-2011
TOYOTA / TUNDRA 2008-2011

Manufacturer: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. Mfr's Report Date: MAR 04, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V148000
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NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: TIRES:PRESSURE MONITORING AND REGULATING SYSTEMS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 22,000

Summary:
TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008 THROUGH 2011 FJ CRUISER, LAND CRUISER, TACOMA, SEQUOIA AND TUNDRA VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 138, "TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM (TPMS)." THE TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEMS WERE NOT RE-CALIBRATED CORRECTLY AND THEREFORE DO NOT START ILLUMINATING THE LOW TIRE PRESSURE WARNING TELLTALE AT THE REQUIRED MINIMUM ACTIVATION PRESSURE

Consequence:
FAILURE TO WARN OF TIRE DEFLATIONS IS A NON-COMPLIANCE WITH FMVSS 138 AND COULD LEAD TO TIRE FAILURE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL RE-INITIALIZE THE TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      The problem is that cars are making people lazy. And simply checking on your vehicle's tire pressure is apparently too much work for some people. Too many people are banking on the electronics to do the job for them. Sad.
      • 3 Years Ago
      One of the most simple and basic technologies on a car and Toyota can't even get that one right. Who's running that outfit? Moe Larry and Curly?
      • 3 Years Ago
      So Toyota seems to be retaining its title of recall king in 2011 as well?
        • 3 Years Ago
        This is a non-issue recall. A Tire pressure monitoring system? Not that big of a deal, and the number of units affected isn't very large, either. And Toyota is not the only one that's had recalls lately. Ford recalled a bunch of Rangers, Expeditions, and F-series trucks over fires from fuel lines just 2 or 3 days ago and had the F150 airbag recall last week, and before that had the F150 recall where the doors fall off in a crash.

        Literally EVERYBODY has had major recalls in recent times. Toyota is no different.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Looks like they are! I'm shaking my head now going "How on earth is another recall even possible". I heard so many on the news that I though they covered ever item in every car so far! I mean WTF....
      • 3 Years Ago
      A tire can be 3-4-5 lbs low and most owners would not notice. Not only does it lessen the tires life, but it cost in gas mileage. Gadgets are not on cars to play with, they are meant to "function properly" to benefit the customer. I say, get it right or get it off, needless junk just to sell your product is not acceptable. A friend was going to show me how his car could park itself, it did, on the side walk, getting it right is always more important than getting it first.
      • 3 Years Ago
      +1

      With today's lovely modern technology, particularly technology that is standard across the board, it's kind've important that it not malfunction. You come to depend on certain things, because the NHTSA or whomever decides to train you to do so, and then boom it's taken away from you.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too many people are banking on the electronics to do the job for them.
      cruiser bike
      • 3 Years Ago
      TPMS = useless tool for fat lazy people who can't check their tire pressure. Is it really that tough?

      I'll take a vehicle from any manufacturer that has the stones to recalls their cars...over one that simply ignores the problem and obsucates (eg: Ford F-150 airbag-startup-surprise-in-the-face!)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ironic. If they hadn't been required to install them, the situation would be safer. People would check their tire pressure regularly, as responsible drivers do. They'd notice any drop in pressure, and add air as needed. Instead, this faulty TPMS gives them a false sense of security. Why check the tires when the computer's constantly doing it for you? Then they become dangerously low on pressure, and people just keep driving along feeling totally safe.

      These regulations are foolish. Teach people to drive and maintain their vehicles. If they can't handle it, I'd prefer they weren't driving on the same road anyway.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im definitely one of those people that says "Im late for work, I have no time"... during the 6 days of week I work. But a lazy sunday drive out to lunch is fair game for me to realize, Im in no hurry, I can be 2 min late, I can (and do), check my tires visually, check my fluids visually, and warm up the car for a drive. Then, when Im filling up at the gas station, I can spend the extra 5 min to properly check the tire pressure. And I have one of those TPMS and yet, old habits are hard to break. But sounds like most of us AB commenters are in the same boat and its the other people who dont do this!
      • 3 Years Ago
      TPMS is wonderful tech if it works. I do on a regular basis do the manual check myself however, this tech has saved me from ruining a tire on my last vacation. I was on my way back from the beach had an SUV full of stuff. Spare tire buried under it all. The nice little indicator started to shine on my dash. Stopped off at a gas station found the offending tire and inflated it to proper spec. Drove another 75 miles little light came on again. Found the offending tire. Inspected tire closer and found a nice drywall screw had made itself a home. I then found a tire shop and had it fixed. Problem solved. Mandatory or not if it's installed it should work. This is not new tech. Been around for years. Toyota needs to maybe do a little more QA and Testing. IMHO.... But it's just an opinion.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So now we see the downside of mandated systems that are designed to monitor every aspect of your car....more things to go wrong.

      I do like the ability of TPMS to keep you from driving too far on low tires if you can't tell just by looking, but nothing beats the occasional walkaround to make sure your car is good to go.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Precisly!

        Every time I get in my car, I quickly take a look at all 4 tires. Takes me less than 2 seconds to do and once you get in the habit of doing it, you do it almost instinctively. Technology is great at confirming what you should already know.

        You should be checking your tire pressure once a month regardless of TPMS anyway along with all your fluid level... sigh.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A failure of needless tech due to the failure of needlessly lazy drivers.
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