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Owners of a 2011 Toyota Tundra should look out for a recall notice, as Toyota will be recalling 502 of them for a wrong label on the pickup truck. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Toyota lists the wrong load-carrying capacity on the faulty labels.
The recall will begin in February with Toyota replacing the label free of charge, of course. Owners can also have the dealership apply it for free. Even though it seems trivial, vehicle overloading could result in tire failure on the Tundra, resulting in a crash.
In what perhaps marks a breath of fresh air, especially amid the almost constant one-upmanship in full-size pickup tow ratings, Toyota has actually reduced them on the 2011 Tundra.
The company is one of the first manufacturers to test and certify its pickups against a new draft trailer towing standard set out by the Society of Automotive Engineers – J2807. Labeled as ‘Performance Requirements for Determining Tow Vehicle Gross Combination Weight Ratings,’ J2807 finally allows for a true ‘apples to apples’ comparison between various pickups and instead of manufacturers setting their own proprietary testing conditions. Although it has yet to be implemented across the industry, J2807 represents the result of a combined push by various pickup manufacturers, including Ford; GM: Chrysler; Toyota and Honda, as well as a number of hitch and trailer companies.
When applied to the 2011 Tundra; J2807 has seen tow ratings drop as much as 1,100 pounds in some cases. For example, a 2WD regular cab is now rated at 10,400 (a drop in 400 lbs from last year); a 2WD Double Cab at 10,100 lbs (down by 500 lbs) and the 4WD CrewMax at 9,000 lbs (down from 10,100 – a reduction in 1,100 lbs).
Part of the J2807 test includes timed acceleration on level ground and a 12 percent incline; understeer; trailer sway response and maintaining speed on real world grades, plus using trucks with higher ‘more realistic’ curb weights than in the past, which has a sizeable impact on towing. According to Toyota spokesman Sam Butto, “even though the [max trailering] numbers have dropped, the Tundra’s performance hasn’t been compromised – we’re following a new standard to measure trailer towing.”
Toyota has announced that the 2011 version of it’s full-size 1/2-ton pickup, the Tundra will receive a number of minor updates for the model year. Chief among them, is the adoption of dual cam Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i) on the 4.0-liter V6, for improved throttle response and slightly better fuel economy. Another feature is the adoption of brake override and trailer sway control programing as standard equipment.
In addition, Toyota has also announced prices for the ’11s, which are some 1.7 percent higher than the 2010 models – for example a base two-wheel drive, 4.0-liter powered Tundra regular cab, will start at $23,935, while a Limited Crew Max, equipped with the 5.7-liter iForce V8 and 4WD will now start at $42,455.
[Source: Pickup trucks.com]