Toyota recalling FJ Cruiser due to excessively bright headlights

Toyota recalling FJ Cruiser due to excessively bright headlights

May 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: SUV , Recalls , Toyota Now, hold on. This recall isn’t quite as serious as it sounds. Yes, Toyota is recalling 11,489 FJ Cruiser models from the 2007 to 2013 model years, and yes, it’s because the vehicles, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states , “fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, ‘Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.’” But read the fine print and you’ll see the catch: This recall is only for vehicles fitted with the automaker’s auxiliary lighting kit that can be mounted to the front bumper. Basically, the auxiliary lamp assemblies use 55-watt bulbs, and when these are turned on in conjunction with the upper beam headlamps, it’s a pretty blinding sight. NHTSA states that excessively bright lights can blind other drivers, increasing the risk for a crash. To remedy the situation, Toyota will replace the 55-watt bulbs with cooler 35-watt units. The recall is expected to begin later this month. Scroll down for the full details in the NHTSA report. Continue reading Toyota recalling FJ Cruiser due to excessively bright headlights Toyota recalling FJ Cruiser due to excessively bright headlights originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 05 May 2013 11:12:00 EST.

Toyota issues recall for 150K Tacoma pickups over possible spare tire trouble

Toyota issues recall for 150K Tacoma pickups over possible spare tire trouble

November 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Truck , Recalls , Safety , Toyota Toyota has initiated a recall of its Tacoma pick-up from the 2001 to 2004 model years, with up to 150,000 units affected. Tacomas sold in 20 snowbelt states and the District of Columbia could have an issue with the lift plate on their spare tire carrier, which is a piece of metal that helps raise the emergency spare wheel located at the back and underneath the truck. The plate might not have been properly coated with anticorrosion protection, and this could lead to the plate corroding on trucks driven in states that use salt on the roads during the winter. A lift plate failure could lead to the spare tire coming loose and causing an accident. Toyota is working on a remedy to the situation and will notify owners when it is ready. The release below from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has more information, including all of the cold-weather states in which affected trucks are registered, and indicates that the recall should begin next month. Continue reading Toyota issues recall for 150K Tacoma pickups over possible spare tire trouble Toyota issues recall for 150K Tacoma pickups over possible spare tire trouble originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 27 Nov 2012 17:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota recalling 200K Siennas over misprint

Toyota recalling 200K Siennas over misprint

December 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Minivan/Van , Recalls , Safety , Toyota According to a report from Automotive News , Toyota is recalling more than 200,000 Sienna minivans from the 2011 and 2012 model years. But before you start worrying about reading the words ‘Toyota’ and ‘recall’ in the same sentence, know that this is for a very, very minor issue. The problem? The tire and load information placard has been misprinted, and can cause a situation where owners over-inflate the tires. Overloaded tires can potentially fail (read: burst), and can result in a crash. Toyota spokesperson Bryan Lyons told Automotive News that there isn’t a problem with any mechanical part of the Sienna itself, just the sticker. To remedy this situation, the automaker will mail new replacement placards to affected vehicle owners. Toyota recalling 200K Siennas over misprint originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 06 Dec 2011 08:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota feels Facebook’s wrath over repossessing murdered woman’s Camry

Toyota feels Facebook’s wrath over repossessing murdered woman’s Camry

June 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Budget , Sedan , Etc. , Toyota Aaron Knudsen’s mother was murdered last month by a former boyfriend, leaving Knudsen, 24, and his 17-year-old sister to pick up the pieces. Knudsen’s mother, Denise Fransua, left behind a mountain of financial and legal paperwork, as well as a financed Toyota Camry . According to Denver’s CBS4, the Camry was impounded by the authorities for evidence collection, then released to Knudsen. When he went to pick the car up, however, the impound lot told him the car had been repossessed. Toyota wanted the $3,300 balance owed on the car up front, as well as the $1,000 impound fee before it would release the sedan. Furious, Knudsen let the Facebook community know how he felt about the situation. Within days, Toyota had backed off, saying it was sorry for being insensitive and offering to waive the impound fee. The automaker also let Knudsen retrieve his mom’s personal effects from the car, but still need the $3,300 left to pay off up front before the car is given back. As for Knudsen, he’s reportedly still upset that it took a viral Facebook post for Toyota to do what he thinks is the right thing.

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