When you build as many cars and trucks as Toyota does, you're bound to run into the occasional recall. In the past month alone, the Japanese auto giant has recalled over 800,000 Camry, Avalon and Venza models over problems with the air-conditioning units, and 10,000 more before that over windshield wiper issues. Now Toyota has issued another recall notice, but this time for far fewer vehicles.

The recall revolves around the engine valve springs in the 2013 and 2014 Tacoma, specifically those fitted with the standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and not the optional 4.0-liter V6. The issue is that the valve springs are prone to cracking and breaking over time, and results from improper maintenance of the manufacturing equipment used by one of the two suppliers that outfit Toyota with the components in question.

All told, some 4,000 vehicles will be subject to the voluntary recall, the owners of which will receive notice by mail. If you think that could be you and want to get a jump on the problem, you can read the announcement below and call Toyota yourself.
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Toyota Announces Recall of Certain Model Year 2013-2014 Tacoma Pickup Trucks

TORRANCE, Calif., (Nov. 6, 2013) – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall of approximately 4,000 Model Year 2013-2014 Tacoma 4 cylinder pickup trucks.

In the involved vehicles, engine valve springs made by one of two suppliers could develop cracks and break over time due to improper maintenance of manufacturing equipment used to make the part. If this occurs, abnormal noise and rough engine performance can be noticed. In some cases the engine could fail and stop while the vehicle is being driven.

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 by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.


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      KaiserWilhelm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Didn't they have the same problem a few years ago with the 3.5L Lexus V6? I wonder if they're from the same supplier. Probably not heat treating them properly.
      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another day, another Toyota recall. At this point it should be shocking if we don't see one every week lol.
      merlot066
      • 1 Year Ago
      That might be the most apologetic introduction sentence I've ever read. Toyota hasn't been having "occasional" recalls. They've consistently been issuing the most recalls for years now. They have had some major recalls lately for critical parts that are much lower quality than the fanboys blindly give them credit for.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @merlot066
        Exactly what I was thinking. GM, Ford and VW build cars in huge quantities and although they do have recalls, it's not nearly as often as Toyota.
      ChaosphereIX
      • 1 Year Ago
      what Toyota reliability? It is bad when MINI or the Germans have less recalls than you do...
        404 not found
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ChaosphereIX
        "I got 99 problems, but a recall ain't one." - German car driver.
      john96xlt
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love how every Toyotaphile screams that it must be a supplier problem with Toyota issues a recall, yet the same people are first to berate Ford or GM as "unreliable dumpestic crap" when it could just as well have been a supplier issue with their recall. You might as well say "oh no! not my precious Toyota! They can do no wrong! Lets find someone else to blame!".
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Relying on past reputation only helps to a certain extent.
      DarkKnight67
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another example of superior Toyota quality and engineering.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Needs more diesel Hilux engine. I know, broken record.
      techie69
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Big 3 doesn't recall their junk so that you can deal with it! If any of you morons who bought from them actually even flirt with the notion that they have even proper adequate systems in place to catch them all or that they will make adequate repairs on their own account if such defects are found with their archaic ways of quality control, then you are just kidding yourselves.:P
      Titansfan1967
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it just me or do you think that we as consumers expect more from a company that has a steller reputation. Because they are not ammune to some of the problems that happens to other car companies.
        bobloblaw
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Titansfan1967
        Make no mistake, sir (madame?), the US economy was turned upside down based almost solely on the myth that these vehicles were far superior to American cars/trucks. The emergence of foreign autos in the auto market place began the transformation from a manufacturing economy to a service based economy. Arab oil embargo of '73 and '79 sealed the deal. The net result really is demonstrated in the fact that so few employers offer health insurance now, that the government felt it had to step in and do it. We gave up what would be a middle class of 60-85 million people for these cars. I share a commute with two Toyotaphiles. Between four Corollas and a Camry, I gotta' tell 'ya - I have never seen more service eng..., oh, I'm sorry,,,,MAINTENANCE REQ'D lights....IN! MY! LIFE ! And I drive a GMC
      Rick
      • 1 Year Ago
      My first Tacoma is in the recall also, 1400 miles on mine. Called Toyota and all they can say is sorry for the inconvience, they call the repairs a remedy. Called my dealer and he said what recall. What a freakin joke. But then again when you have as many recalls as Toyota I suppose its hard to keep track of them ! Don't get me wrong I know all brands have problems. But to see the top of a brand new engine ripped off almost made me cry. So much for that new car smell
      Mary von Stockhausen
      I own one of the 2013 Tacoma's in the recall. I noticed a small miss in the engine. I only have 2,700 miles on this vehicle. This has not changed my mind about Toyotas', I still love them!
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