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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.
We know that it’s adjusted the towing capacity on the 2011 model, partly due to a revised rating procedure, but Toyota isn’t not giving up on the Tundra and has elected to install a more powerful base engine.
Thanks to the adoption Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (as Toyota calls it), power on the 4.0-liter DOHC V-6 jumps from 236 to 270 horsepower and torque from 266 to 278 ft-lbs. Teamed exclusively with it is a five-speed automatic transmission with uphill/downhill shift logic, to help maximize performance and engine speed relating to grade and payload conditions.
Other features include the standard fitment of trailer sway control on all 2011 Tundras and a simplification of model choices – down to 28 available configurations (those that have proved amongst the most popular).
By investing in it’s built-in-Texas big truck, Toyota is showing signs that there’s still life left in the old girl yet.