2016-2017 Toyota Tacoma recalled for leaking differential which could lead to crash

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Toyota is recalling roughly 228,000 2016 and 2017 Tacoma pickups over concerns that the rear differential could seize and cause a crash.

Effected trucks have rear differentials that may leak oil.  If a vehicle is continuously operated in this condition, the rear differential could become damaged, which can result in noise and reduced propulsion. In some cases the rear differential could seize, resulting in a loss of control of the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota dealers will check the rear differential for any oil leakage.  If no leaks are found, all fasteners will be re-tightened.  If leakage is found, the rear differential carrier gasket will be replaced with a new one, and new fasteners will be installed.

If rear differential components are damaged, the rear differential carrier assembly will be replaced with a new one.  This remedy will be at no cost to customers.  All known owners of the involved vehicles will receive a notification by first class mail starting in the middle of June.

Information about automotive recalls, including but not limited to the list of involved vehicles, is subject to change over time.  For the most up-to-date safety recall information on Lexus, Toyota and Scion vehicles customers should check their vehicle’s status by visiting https://www.toyota.com/recall and entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

Safety recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at the NHTSA site: safercar.gov/vin.  For any additional questions, customer support is also available by calling Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus Customer Service at 1-800-255-3987.