Toyota recalls 690K Tacoma pickups over suspension defect

September 29, 2014
Toyota has issued a recall for older Tacoma pickups over defective suspension components.

The company has discovered a problem with aging leaf springs, which are prone to fracture due to stress or corrosion.

The worst-case scenario involves a broken leaf spring moving out of position and puncturing the fuel tank. Such a failure could cause a fire and potential injuries and deaths if leaking fuel finds an ignition source.

The company claims it is unaware of any accidents or injuries that have been caused by broken leaf springs in affected vehicles.

The recall includes both 4X4 and two-wheel-drive PreRunner variants from 2005-2011 model years, totaling approximately 690,000 vehicles.

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