Toyota Motor North America is recalling approximately 228,000 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks in the 2016 and 2017 model years to fix an oil leak problem that might lead to a loss of vehicle control, according to the automaker.
The trucks involved have rear differentials that may leak oil, Toyota said. If a vehicle is continuously operated in this condition, the rear differential could become damaged. Noise and reduced propulsion might result.
“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 warned in a released statement.
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 discovered, technicians will replace the rear differential carrier gasket with a new one and install new fasteners. If rear differential components are damaged, the rear differential carrier assembly will be replaced with a new one. There will be no charge for the repairs.
Toyota will begin notifying Tacoma truck owners of the recall by mail in mid-June.
To reach Toyota customer service, call (800) 331-4331. To learn whether a specific truck is covered by the recall, click here and search by VIN.