Toyota is recalling about 228,000 newer model Tacomas that may have oil leaks that could damage parts and lead to an increased crash risk.
The recall involves 2016 and 2017 pickup models. The problem is that their rear differentials may leak oil. Toyota warns that if a vehicle is continuously operated in this condition, it could damage the rear differential and result in noise and reduced propulsion.
Worst case scenario is that a rear differential could seize, resulting in a loss of control of the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.
Toyota’s plan is to have its dealers check the rear differential for an oil leak. If there is one, crews will replace the rear differential carrier gasket and install new fasteners. If rear differential components are damaged, they’ll replace it with a new one.
Drivers of recalled vehicles can expect a notification by first class mail starting in the middle of June.
Safety Recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at the NHTSA site: safercar.gov/vin.