2016-2017 Toyota Tacoma Recalled for Leaky Differential
More than 200,000 Vehicles Subject to Recall
Toyota Motor North America is voluntarily recalling 2016 and 2017 Tacoma pickups for an issue with rear differentials that may have an oil leak. An estimated 228,000 vehicles are affected. Vehicles continuously operated with a leaking differential could sustain permanent damage to the differential. Telltale signs are excessive noise and reduced propulsion. In a worst-case scenario, the rear differential could seize, potentially resulting in a loss of vehicle control, and cause a collision.
Dealers will check the rear differential for any signs of leakage. If no leaks are found, fasteners will be retightened as a precautionary measure. If a leak is found, the rear differential carrier gasket will be replaced, and new fasteners will be installed. If any rear differential components are found to be damaged, Toyota will replace the rear differential with a new unit at no charge.
Owners are instructed to visit toyota.com/recall and enter their vehicle’s 17-digit VIN number to see if their vehicle is subject to the recall. Owners can also visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site at safercar.gov/vin. In addition, owners can call Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331. Owners will be notified by mail if their vehicle is affected starting mid-June.