Toyota Tacoma: Recalls and Technical Service Bulletins

A safety recall can provide vital information about your (1996-2015) individual Toyota Tacoma. You'll want to check out the following guide to see which free repairs you're entitled to receive at a local Toyota dealership.

By Charlie Gaston - January 20, 2016

This article applies to the Toyota Tacoma (1996-2015).

There are a few important differences between a manufactured-issued safety recall and a manufactured-issued technical service bulletin that you will want to know about it. First, a manufactured-issued safety recall is related specifically to a diagnosed safety issue that has the potential (great or small) to cause danger to the motorist and/or other motorists on the road, such as the case when leaks are present or a specified component is at risk for detachment while the vehicle is in motion. Technical service buttons, on the other hand, are a form of diagnosis, which offer vehicle owners (and mechanics) specific recommended procedures for repairing the affected vehicle.

Toyota Tacoma

Rust Recall

Excessive corrosion, which may contribute to holes within affected body panels and severe surface degradation to the frame of the vehicle, are both common in the Toyota Tacoma (and other Toyota sports utility vans and pickup trucks, as well). The crossmember is an especially likely spot for rust and holes. A recall has been issued and all affected (1995-2000) Toyota Tacoma owners will be contacted in writing, if they have not already.

Toyota Tacoma rusted frame
Figure 1. This is what frame rust on a Tacoma can look like.

2010 Tacoma Recall (Select Vehicles)

A small number of 2010 Toyota Tacoma trucks (8,000) have been recalled due to a problem with the front driveshaft. If not corrected, the vehicle could lose control, causing a collision. Cracks could also occur, causing the driveshaft to detach from the vehicle while it is in motion (or parked).

Recalled Tacomas
Figure 2. Some 2010 Tacoma trucks have been recalled.

Head Gasket Recall

A recall was issued for Tacoma trucks loaded with a 3VZE 3.0 V6 engine. Owners of this vehicle have experienced (or are highly likely to experience) a blown head gasket. You'll need to contact your local Toyota dealership to arrange a service appointment. All repairs related to your faulty head gasket are covered under your recall and will be completed at absolutely no cost to you, as is the case with all recall repairs. Toyota will notify you in writing if you are eligible to participate.

Head gasket damage
Figure 3. This is a generic damaged head gasket.

Common Questions

Will I be contacted if my Tacoma is under a safety recall?

Yes, Toyota will notify you in writing if your truck is associated with any safety recalls.

How are safety recalls identified?

Safety recalls are associated with specific vehicle identification numbers (VINs), and not a specific make, model, or vehicle year.

How do I contact Toyota about a recall question?

For additional recall information, contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Do I have to obtain vehicle repairs at my local Toyota dealership?

No, you may obtain vehicle repairs at any licensed mechanic's shop. Keep your receipts for reimbursement, however.

Do I have a specific period of time to complete repairs on my recalled Tacoma?

There is no deadline; however, it is always best to act quickly to ensure your continued safety.

Common Issues

Faulty Floor Mat

A floor mat recall was issued to address concerns over the mat potentially snagging the accelerator pedal, causing injury to the motorist and other motorists on the road if a collision ensues.

Faulty Idler Arm

A idler arm recall was issued over concerns that a crack could develop in the steering relay rod, which is a pivotal support for the steering linkage. If left uncorrected, a faulty idler arm could lead to a crash.

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