Toyota Motor North America, Inc. is recalling roughly a quarter of a million 2016 and 2017 Tacoma pickup trucks due to a potential oil leak in the rear differential that could seize and lock the back wheels.
The company stated that over time and with continued use, the leaking oil could damage the rear differential. A driver operating the pickup truck may notice reduced propulsion and could be at risk for an accident. To date, there are no known collisions due to this problem, but owners had complained about a loud noise coming from the back of the pickup truck. However, Toyota says if the rear differential seized up, the driver could lose control of the vehicle. The problem may also cause increased noise.
Toyota dealerships will check these vehicles and replace the rear differential carrier gasket and or the rear differential carrier assembly with new ones as necessary.
The newly redesigned Tacoma is a midsize pickup truck with a starting price at $23, 700.
The Japanese automaker plans to notify affected owners of the 2016 and 2017 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks in mid-June this year. Owners may check here to see if their vehicle was affected: http://www.toyota.com/recall
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