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Toyota has announced that it is voluntarily recalling 51,000 2011 Tundra pickup trucks. The automaker says that .05 percent of the vehicles may have been built with a faulty slip yoke on the driveshaft. Due to improper manufacturing during the foundry process, the yoke could break. So far, the incident has only occurred in one customer-owned vehicle and no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the defect. Toyota says that owners will begin receiving recall notices next month and that dealers will inspect the vehicles' driveshafts to determine if they are part of the defective production lot.

Though the inspection is expected to take no more than 10 minutes, if needed, actual replacement will take longer, but both inspection and replacement of the faulty parts will come at no cost to owners. No other Toyota or Lexus vehicles have been impacted by the problem. Hit the jump for Toyota's official press release.


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Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall on Certain Tundra Trucks to Inspect the Rear Drive Shaft

TORRANCE, Calif., April 26, 2011 – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc, today announced it will conduct a voluntary safety recall on approximately 51,000, 2011 model year Tundra trucks to inspect the rear drive shaft. The rear drive shaft in an estimated 0.05 percent of the vehicles may include a component (slip yoke) that could break due to improper casting during the foundry process.

Toyota is aware of one drive shaft slip yoke failure in a customer-owned vehicle. There are no reports of accidents or injuries associated with this condition. No other Lexus or Toyota vehicles are involved in this recall.

Owners of the involved vehicles will receive a letter advising them of this recall by first class mail starting in May 2011. Toyota will also post this information on its website.

Toyota dealers will be instructed to perform an inspection to identify a specific "production lot" number located on the rear drive shaft. Based upon the inspection results, in a limited number of cases, the rear drive shaft may need to be replaced.

The inspection is estimated to take ten minutes. If the rear drive shaft needs to be replaced, the repair will take more time depending on the dealer workload. The inspection and / or replacement will be performed at no cost to the vehicle owner.

Detailed information and answers to questions are available to customers at
www.toyota.com/recall and the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.


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      MasterAustin
      • 4 Years Ago
      We already had "Toyota recall of the week", relating to the RAV4, now what, we are being spoiled by 2 recalls a week, awww..."What a feeling"...
        Bryan
        • 4 Years Ago
        @MasterAustin
        Don't forget that was the Rav4 AND the Highlander...man they must love us!
      Dave
      • 4 Years Ago
      More Toyota Deathrides. Come on guys, get your $h1t together!
      Willie
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm more surprised that 51,000 of them were sold? Learn something new everyday...
      • 4 Years Ago
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      Stephany
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota announces a VOLUNTARY recall because they believe approximately 25 trucks MIGHT have a minor defect? A defect that has yet to cause an injury, OR even an accident? I think that's pretty stand-up from a company who was just slammed for a recall that was shown to be bogus for the most part. Call me crazy, but it sounds like Toyota's doing their due diligence.
        caddy-v
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Stephany
        Oh puleeze, if Toyota had'nt been caught hiding all the rest of their defects none of us ever would have heard of this one.
        merlot066
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Stephany
        "minor defect"?? For those of us who know about cars, the driveshaft yoke is a MAJOR part to have break!
      Bryan
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have yet to figure out why people buy these, much less why Toyota even bothers making them. My friend has one, and I love that woman to death but that is the ugliest, crappiest full size truck I have ever seen. Next to the Titan that is lol. Are F150's or Silverados or Rams perfect? No. But this thing is just sad, sad, sad. Whjat is this recall number 7 since introduction?
        JackS
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        It has a nice ride and it's pretty quick with the 5.7L. I don't mind the looks but looks are pretty subjective. I don't know if it's be my first pick for a truck but it's not garbage like you're making it sound like.
          billfrombuckhead
          • 4 Years Ago
          @JackS
          Tundra is far worse than any American trucks and ride far worse. The 5.7 gets worse gas mileage than a HEMI and has less power. The sheet metal and frames are flimsy, the dashboard looks like it's from the 60's, the motor even sounds sick. Go to "Tundra bed bounce" on You Tube. It's the Pontiac Grand Am of pickups, poorly overstyled and poorly engineered. Fortunately for Toyota, the Nissan Titan is even worse
          Bryan
          • 4 Years Ago
          @JackS
          Jack...Im from Texas, have had 5 pickups, and know trash when i see it. The Tundra is trash. They rust, they fall apart, the rattle, they have had tons of recalls, they are garbage. Throw in hideous styling and you have a recipe for a flop. Which it is.
      billfrombuckhead
      • 4 Years Ago
      While the Tundras are in the Toyota dealer for the latest recall, they can put better rust resistant frames under them, fix the "bed bounce" issue and put a real tailgate on them. Also, I wished the dealers could put a cloaking device on them so they would be almost invisible, easily the ugliest truck ever made.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      trans-am phoenix
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it weird to watch as giants fall??? seen this with GM and Ford and now Toyota has a recall every other week.
        JackS
        • 4 Years Ago
        @trans-am phoenix
        I think it's just Toyota trying to catch things early nowadays and recalling even for really rare things. There's only 25 or so trucks affected but they're gonna inspect all 51,000 even though there's only been a single case of anything happening. I don't really see this as a negative since they're not recalling it years and years later after a lot of accidents have occured. The recalls that really bother me are when manufacturers recall cars they sold 10 years ago because they've been dragging their feet for a decade and pretending like a problem doesn't exist. Owning up to a problem and getting it taken care of as soon as you find out about it is how companies *should* do business. You'll never have 100% perfect parts from your suppliers no matter what car company you are so the only thing you can do is to fix problems as soon as possible once you discover them. They all use the same suppliers anyway so it really comes down to how you respond to issues.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 4 Years Ago
        @trans-am phoenix
        It's nothing new. It happens to the best of them. I wouldn't consider it "falling", just the hurdles that are to be expected in the industry.
        Dest
        • 4 Years Ago
        @trans-am phoenix
        ^lol? Ford and GM set records for the most recalls year after year for decades and they survived. Why the heck would Toyota fall for 2-3 years of having the most recalled vehicles? Even in recent years, their number of recalls has been lower than say GM and Chrysler...
        Bryan
        • 4 Years Ago
        @trans-am phoenix
        No because man continues to be greedy. When you get greedy, agrrogant, and ride on a false reputation that was only true two decades ago, then this is what happens. You build crap, you lie, you fall.
      • 4 Years Ago
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        Bryan
        • 4 Years Ago
        Give me one "awesome" attribute about this truck. Its ugly, it can't haul or tow more than others, gets worse mileage than an F150, the interior is crap, they rust... I am failing to see any awesomeness. It's outdated and time to go. And lets not even get started on Toyota's life threatening defects.
        merlot066
        • 4 Years Ago
        Care to provide a link to your alleged "airbag decapitation"?
        caddy-v
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, but you still have to worry about the frame rusting out from underneath you, the ball joints failing, the camshaft cracking, the radio failing, the tailgate cracking, the output shaft failing, the transmission failing, the dash shaking, the spare tire falling off, the bed bouncing into the cab, uncontrollable shake at speed, ugly looks and laughter as you pass by REAL trucks.
      mikoprivat
      • 4 Years Ago
      this is also the same POS that loses its spare tire because of rust. I've heard of several accidents where the spare fell off on the highway in front of another vehicle causing pretty serious damage...CAUTION: especially if you live in the midwest DO NOT BE BEHIND A TOYOTA TRUCK ON THE HIGHWAY!!!! This is not a joke, I am not facetious these pieces of junk can kill you!!!!! Stay away from them!!
      Andriy Rudnyk
      • 4 Years Ago
      A really rough couple of years for Toyota, Iv been sticking with them through all this though. And not planning to reconsider.
        GeorgeAtha
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Andriy Rudnyk
        same here ... my only problem was not the faulty pedal but the slow move on the recalls then and the try to hide something that could not be hidden. Otherwise here in Colorado with all the weather ... i am not going to change the LX any time soon ...
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