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Toyota recalls over 300,000 Tacoma Access Cab Vehicles because Seat Belt Screws may Loosen over time

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSAWashington, D.C. – Toyota is recalling certain model year 2005-2010 Tacoma Access Cab vehicles manufactured September 14th, 2004, through March 29th, 2010; and model year 2011 Tacoma Access Cab vehicles manufactured July 1st, 2010, through September 7th, 2011.

2010 Tacoma Access Cab

2010 Tacoma Access Cab

If the access doors are repeatedly and forcefully closed, the screws that attach the seat belt pre-tensioner to the seat belt retractor can loosen over time.

If the screws loosen completely, the seat belt pre-tensioner and the retractor spring cover could detach from the seat belt retractor.

Vehicle Information

Vehicle Make / Model Model Year(s)
Toyota / Tacoma 2005-2011

 

Manufacturer: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing

Report Receipt Date: August 7th, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V337000
Component(s): Seat Belts

Potential Number of Units Affected: 342,451

Consequence

If the seat belt pre-tensioner detaches from the seat belt assembly, the seat belt pre-tensioner will not perform as designed, increasing the risk of injury in a severe crash.

Remedy

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat belt assemblies. Based on the inspection, the seat belt assembly will be replaced or new pre-tensioner screws will be installed with thread-locking sealant and a retractor spring cover with stopper ribs to prevent loosening of the screws. These services will be provided at no cost to the owner. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Toyota at 1.800.331.4331.

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1.888.327.4236 (TTY 1.800.424.9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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