Toyota Recalls Tacoma Pickups to Fix Brake Cylinder Defect

January 09, 2019 by Alan Adler, @AlanAdler

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling tens of thousands of 2018-19 Toyota Tacoma pickups because an improperly machined brake master cylinder could diminish braking performance and lead to a crash.

The recall affects 44,121 trucks built from Feb. 20 to Nov. 18, 2018. Toyota has temporarily halted sales of the affected models of the naton’s top-selling compact pickup.

Ninety percent of the recalled trucks are likely to have the problem, which can increase the stopping distance when a driver is braking.

Combination of processes

The brake master cylinder in those trucks was cast in a supplier’s Japanese facility and improperly machined in the U.S. No other vehicles were produced using the same combination of processes, Toyota said.

Toyota reported multiple warranty claims but no crashes or injuries to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Toyota sent letters to affected customers in December, telling them to contact a dealer. Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder for free beginning Jan. 21.

The NHTSA recall number is 18V-888.

Toyota sold 245,659 Tacoma models in 2018, the highest sales in the truck’s history, dating to 1995. It is the sales leader in a growing field of midsize pickups.

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