The Toyota Tacoma is a great pickup truck for cruising around town, off-roading with friends, or just getting weekend around-the-house projects done! Reliable and utilitarian, it’s a wonderful option for active owners.
However, even the Toyota Tacoma has had a few well-documented problems over the past decade, including several recalls.
Toyota Tacoma Problems
Below, you’ll find a list of some of the largest Toyota Tacoma Problems over the past decade. This list is not comprehensive, but highlights some of the most common issues.
2005 – 2010 Floor Mat Pedal Entrapment
While the Tacoma was not involved in the Sticking Accelerator Pedal recall which affected millions of vehicles, this model was involved in the Floor Mat Pedal Entrapment recall which occurred around the same time.
The floor mat of 2005 – 2010 Tacomas can potentially interfere with the accelerator pedal, in worst-case scenarios becoming stuck in the open position. The recall adjusts the shape of the accelerator pedal. For vehicles with genuine Toyota or Lexus all-weather floor mats, the mats will be replaced with updated versions that will not interfere with the accelerator.
2005 – 2014 Driveline Vibration
Certain Tacoma owners may have found that their vehicle feels like it is shaking or shuddering when driving at low speeds – usually between 15 – 25 mph. This issue – T-SB-0008-14 – is still under investigation, although several notices have been issued to address the problem.
2005 – 2014 Leaf Spring Assembly
In certain models, the Leaf Spring Assembly may break due to corrosion or stress. This could result in the leaf moving while the vehicle is in motion, and possibly puncture the fuel tank. The punctured fuel tank greatly increases the risk of a fire occurring!
The recall for this issue installs new leaf spring assemblies.
2005 – 2011 Seat Belts on Tacoma Access Cab
Certain Tacoma Access Cab models had seat belt recalls. The screws fastening the seatbelt to the access cab door could become loose with repeated use. Over time, the seatbelt pre-tensioner and retractor spring cover may detach from the seatbelt retractor.
The recall addresses each vehicle individually. Depending on the results of the inspection, some vehicles will have a new seatbelt assembly installed. Others will have new screws installed with a thread-locking sealant, as well as a spring cover with ribs to prevent loosening, to resolve the issue.
2005 – 2009 Air Bags
Some 2005 – 2009 Tacomas may develop issues with the air bags on the driver’s side. The steering wheel’s vibration might cause damage to the cable assembly which is attached to the driver’s side air bag. The air bag light will illuminate on the dashboard in this case, and the air bag will not deploy in the event of a wreck.
The recall replaces the spiral cable assembly so that the airbag will deploy in case of a crash.
2013 – 2014 Engine
Certain 2013 – 2014 Tacoma models have been recalled for issues with the valve springs installed in some engines. The valve springs may wear out prematurely and break, causing engine failure and a stall while driving.
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