Gulf States Toyota (GST) is recalling 16,249 2013-2014 model-year Toyota Tundra pickup trucks equipped with non-OEM 20-inch alloy wheels and chrome-plated lug nuts, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.
GST, headquartered in Houston, is one of the world's largest distributors of Toyota vehicles. The company teams up with more than 150 Toyota dealerships in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.
The specially modified trucks GST is recalling were sold as part of certain vehicle packages. The trucks have lug nuts whose coating may make them more susceptible to loosening. In addition, the wheel studs might fracture. As a result, the wheel may separate from the truck.
GST dealers will replace 20 lug nuts and torque them to specification, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin this month, NHTSA said.
Truck owners can reach GST customer service at 1-800-444-1074.