Home / Auto News / News article: Toyota Tacoma Recalled for Faulty Spare Tire Bracket - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Nov 21 2012, 7:02 PM

Road debris is dangerous, especially when it’s something as big as the spare tire pinned under the bed of a Toyota Tacoma.

For anyone driving behind the roughly 150,000 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks falling under a new recall, that could switch from possibility to reality in an instant. That’s why the automaker is issuing a recall to fix the bracket that holds those tires in place on trucks manufactured between 2001 and 2004.

“The lack of phosphate coating combined with prolonged exposure to high road salt use and other environmental factors may contribute to the development of more than normal corrosion of the lift plate on some vehicles,” Toyota said in a press release.

So far there have been two minor accidents reported to the company as a result of the issue but no injuries. Owners can expect to have the plates replaced through the brand’s dealer network at no cost to them and can expect to be contacted starting in December.

The recall affects trucks in the following states:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia
  • Vermont
  • Wisconsin
  • West Virginia
  • Miniceptor86

    Owning a Tacoma and living in Iowa I find it rather puzzling that my truck is not included in this recall.

  • Jim

    The spare tire on my 03 Tacoma is missing , bracket hanging down