If we were ranking car problems on a scale from 1-10, it might look a little something like this:
- 1: My wiper has a tear and now my windshield gets all streaky when it rains
- 5: My suspension clunks along at a techno beat while driving down a bumpy road
- 10: Neighborhood kids started roasting marshmallows over the charred remains of my car
You never want to get to 10, but unfortunately Tacoma owners might not have a choice. Toyota recently announced part of the truck’s rear suspension can break and rupture the gas tank or damage a brake line. Thankfully, there’s a recall and here’s a breakdown of what you need to know:
The problem: Toyota says the rear suspension leaf springs can corrode and break down over time. Once broken, those sharp edges can wreak havoc on the brake lines or rupture the gas tank. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that flammable liquid and sparks don’t mix well. Toyota received its first complaint about the problem in 2009.
The recalled models: 790,000 (690,000 in the USA) Tacoma 4x4 and Pre-Runner trucks from the 2005-2011 model years.
Next steps: Toyota hasn’t announced when the recall will begin, how they plan on fixing it or why people care about the Kardashians. To be fair, that last one is a real mystery. Affected owners can contact Toyota at 800-331-4331 with non-Kardashian related questions.