Toyota is recalling about 228,000 Tacoma pickups in the U.S. with faulty rear axles, the automaker said this week.
Most 2016 and 2017 Tacomas have a rear axle that may leak oil from the differential cover. This can damage the axle, reduce vehicle power, and possibly seize the axle, which could lock the rear wheels while driving and send the truck out of control. Toyota has not reported any crashes or injuries. A filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was not available.
Dealers will inspect the rear axles and tighten the fasteners if there are no leaks. For a leaking axle, technicians will replace the axle-carrier gasket and fasteners. If the axle is damaged, they’ll replace the whole assembly. Repairs will begin starting in mid-June.