Toyota is voluntarily recalling 342,000 Tacoma Access Cab pickups, produced between 2004 and 2011. The wide-ranging recall is due to faults in the screws that attach the belt pre-tensioner to the belt retractor. There are concerns that the screws can loosen themselves over time, especially if the access door is opened and closed with too much force. It's important to note that the recall only covers the driver and front passenger seat, and is limited to just the Access Cab trucks. Other body styles aren't affected.

If the screws come loose, the pre-tensioner and retractor spring could separate from the belt entirely, which would be bad news in a crash. There's no mention of injuries or accidents due to the faulty pre-tensioners. Owners affected by the recall will be notified soon, and asked to come in for recall service.
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Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain Tacoma Vehicles

TORRANCE, CA August 7, 2013 – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 342,000 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab vehicles, produced from 2004 to 2011.

In the involved vehicles, screws that attach the seat belt pre-tensioner to the seat belt retractor within the seat belt assembly for the driver and front passenger can become loose over time due to repeatedly and forcefully closing the access door. If the screws loosen completely, the seat belt pre-tensioner and the retractor spring cover could detach from the seat belt retractor, which can affect retractor and pre-tensioner performance.

Owners of vehicles subject to this recall will receive a notification by first class mail.
Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and at the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.


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      David H
      • 1 Year Ago
      Over the last 8 years I've lost track with how many recalls my 2005 Tacoma has had... now I can yet another to the list. It's been a decent truck, but one recall after another, including one involving potential for failed airbag deployment and now one with potential for failure with front occupant seat belts leaves me seriously doubting I'll buy another Toyota. In the meantime, it's off to the dealer I go... yet again.
        Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @David H
        I'm surprised with how many recalls the Tacoma has had because of its age. The current Tacoma is almost identical to one built 10 years ago. Usually the highest rated vehicles in quality studies are all late in their model life.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @David H
        They must have fixed a lot of the issues since (not counting this current one since I don't have my Tacoma anymore) the only recall my 09 had was the unintended acceleration one.
      Trucknut
      • 1 Year Ago
      I fail to understand why people get upset when their vehicle is recalled. You are getting something on your aging vehicle replaced for free! I have owned Toyota trucks for years. During that time I have had a 1996 Tacoma bought back by Toyota in 2008 for a rotten frame. They gave me 150% it's book value (for those wondering just under $17,000 for a 12 year old taco). Last year I had an entire frame replaced under recall plus anything the dealer broke during the process of the frame swap on my 2001 tundra at no cost to me whatsoever... It cost Toyota approx $15,000 to replace the frame. During both major recalls I was provided with a dealer supplied brand new truck to drive completely for free. Toyota takes care of its customers, more than I can say for other major manufactures. Thanks Toyota!
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Trucknut
        So - you are satisfied that you have had two Toyota trucks that were built five years apart that had serious frame issues, sufficient enough to have them both recalled due to HUGE issues with the frames in both of them, that resulted in the need for complete replacement? And you are happy about this? Seriously - you need to take a step back and look at the rest of the trucks on the market that HAVE NEVER HAD ANYTHING so seriously wrong with them! Sounds like you need to try driving higher quality trucks that are more durable. And "Toyota takes care of its customers, more than I can say for other major manufactures. Thanks Toyota!" You are either a paid Toyota shill or don't have a clue as to how superior the other OEM's trucks are to these POS's. Sorry, them's the facts, deal with them!!
          CACressida
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          Dana, the manufacture of Toyota truck frames, manufactured every trucks frames. So what does that say?
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
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          mikoprivat
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          alfonso, this just shows the level of intelligence of the people buying POS toyotas...UNBELIEVABLE!!!
          Trucknut
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          I am satisfied because I currently have a 12 year old truck with a brand new frame and have friends and co workers with similar year fords and Chevys with frames that are failing. Both trucks have no other issues. Either way my next truck will be a Toyota as well as the one after that. I'll leave fools like you to shop around. Thanks again Toyota ;)
          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          Trucknut...please explain your friends frame failures. I have an 02 F150 in the driveway with zero frame issues.
        Jesus!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Trucknut
        Toyota is only taking care of it because they got called out finally. Otherwise it probably would have been a TSB. After 1 rotting frame you would think someone would move on. But two? And you praise Toyota? I am with Alfonso you are getting paid lol.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
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          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          So any other brand recalling a product and it's GOOD JOB YOUR TAKING CARE OF CUSTOMERS yet when Toyota does it it's POS THEYRE ONLY DOING IT CAUSE THEY GOT CALLED OUT. It's amazing how dumb people on here sound sometimes.
      normc32
      • 1 Year Ago
      What suppplier to blame this time for loose screws?
      Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why does the media now cover every recall like it is groundbreaking news??? I'm a diehard GM guy, and admit that recalls are part of the game. There has always been recalls, and always will be recalls. You can't sell 2 million vehicles that each have 5 miles of wiring plus 20,000 individual components and expect everything to be perfect. JD Powers has show that vehicle quality has almost become irrelevant. The automakers are all so close now that virtually nothing separates the best from the 20th ranked brand. The best advice a person can give is stay away from the first year run of a new model built by any automaker. BTW, The average was around 1.3 defects per vehicle across the entire industry in the last JD Power study.
        normc32
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian
        They all share the same suppliers so does No 1 & No 2 recalled companies always hold those spots?
      Lucky Stars
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota Tacoma. Reasons to buy Frontier instead. Looks plastic fenders and bed look tacked on compared to steel of Frontier. Drum brakes on the rear, come on drum brakes. Price 2 to 5k more. Looks to big and ungainly, take a look at a Nissan Frontier Pro-4x perfect stance no nonsense interior. Power, bulletproof Nissan V6 vs Toyota no contest, Nissan tons of awards for the powerplant.
      • 1 Year Ago
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