The statement released by the auto manufacturer explained that between October 2009 and August 2010, the company received three reports of the spare tire carrier beneath the vehicle corroding. This puts the spare tire at risk of falling from beneath the truck while the vehicle is in motion. An internal investigation conducted by the company found that a lack of protective coating on the carrier and its lift mechanism may be to blame.
In response, Toyota has issued the voluntary recall in 20 states and the District of Columbia where roads have a high salt usage. Vehicle owners will be notified in the coming weeks of when and where to take their vehicles to have them inspected and repaired free of charge.
The recall comes on the heels of the automaker agreeing to pay the NHTSA more than $16.4 million in fines due to failure to issue a recall on sticking accelerators in a timely manner.
The Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers with Jason Stone Injury Lawyers understand just how dangerous a faulty piece of equipment on vehicles can be and are here to answer any questions you may have if you have been injured in an accident caused by recalled parts on a vehicle.