Toyota issues two recalls covering Tacoma, Land Cruiser/Lexus LX570by Drew Johnson
In total the recalls cover more than 130,000 vehicles.
Toyota has announced two separate recalls covering the company's Tacoma pickup truck and its Land Cruiser and Lexus LX570 luxury SUVs. More than 130,000 vehicles are involved in the two recalls.
The first of the two recalls covers approximately 44,000 Tacoma pickup trucks from the 2018 and 2019 model years. According to Toyota, Tacoma models included in the recall may have been fitted with a brake master cylinder that wasn't manufactured properly. Over time, Toyota warns, that faulty master cylinder could leak brake fluid. If that failure occurs, brake performance could be suddenly reduced, increasing the likelihood of a crash.
The second recall involves 89,700 Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX570 models from the 2008-2019 model years. Toyota says some of those vehicles may have been built with a front passenger seat belt tension sensor that could malfunction over time. If a malfunction occurs, an airbag warning light and the passenger airbag "OFF” indicator will appear on the dash. If those warning lights are illuminated, the front passenger's front, side and knee airbags will not deploy in the event of a crash, increasingly the likelihood of injury.
No crashes or injuries have been linked to either recall.
In the case of the Tacoma, Toyota says it will replace the brake master cylinder free of charge. That recall is scheduled to begin in late January. Toyota says it is still working on a fix for the Land Cruiser/LX570 recall, but the company hopes to have a solution in place by mid-February.