Toyota Recalls Tacoma Pickup Trucks for Brake Defects
Toyota is recalling 44,121 of its 2018 and 2019 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks due to defective brakes. According to Consumer Reports, a faulty brake part could make it more difficult for these vehicles to come to a full stop, increasing the risk of a crash. The seal on the brake part could become damaged allowing the brake fluid to leak. As a result, drivers may notice sudden loss of braking performance or a change in how the brake pedal feels when pressed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Details of the Recall
Toyota has received reports from some drivers that the brake pedal went all the way down to the floor. This could, of course, lead to an increased braking distance increasing the possibility of a crash. Toyota has not said if any accidents or injuries have been linked to this particular issue. The vehicles recalled as part of this campaign include certain 2018 and 2019 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks manufactured from Feb. 20, 2018 through Nov. 14, 2018.
The problem with these vehicles is that they might have a faulty brake master cylinder. The brake master cylinder essentially converts the force of the brake into hydraulic pressure, which is then used to engage the vehicle’s braking system. The seal on the master cylinder may become damaged and leak brake fluid, which might cause brake performance to suffer. Toyota is still working on a remedy for this situation. When repairs become available, the automaker will instruct consumers to bring their vehicles to a Toyota dealership to have the master cylinder repaired free of charge.
What Can Vehicle Owners Do?
If you are not sure whether your vehicle has been recalled, you can visit NHTSA’s website and plug in your pickup truck’s 17-digit vehicle identification number or VIN. If a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. It is a good idea to check this website periodically for any updates.
Brake defects have the potential to result in major injuries or even fatalities. If your vehicle has been recalled, it would be in your best interest to contact your local dealer so the repairs can be done in a timely manner. Never ignore a safety recall. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective auto, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, and pain and suffering. An experienced product defect lawyer can help you better understand your legal rights and options.