The sensors may have been covered in too much anti-corrosion coating.
Toyota’s popular mid-size Tacoma pickup is the subject of a new safety recall from the manufacturer. The problem stems from the engine’s crankshaft position sensor, which monitors the position of the crank and relays that information to the Tacoma’s engine control unit. Should the sensor send an intermittent signal or fail outright, the engine could run poorly at best, or not run at all.
The worst case scenario would be a crankshaft sensor failure at speed, which could result in the engine quitting. Considering power assist for things like steering and brakes would disappear with an engine failure, Toyota identifies this condition as a safety risk, hence the recall.
The notice affects approximately 32,000 2016 and 2017 model year Tacomas sold in the United States, equipped with the 3.5-liter V6 engine. Toyota says some of these models could have received a crankshaft timing rotor with “excessive anti-corrosion coating,” which could lead to malfunction or failure. The manufacturer will replace the sensor at no cost; owners of affected vehicles should receive a notification via first-class mail beginning in mid-July.
As with many auto manufacturers, Toyota has experienced a sales slump through the first quarter of 2017. The beacon of home amid those numbers, however, have been strong truck and sport-utility sales. Last year Toyota Tacoma sales rose nearly 7 percent for the year, and the mid-size truck continues to sell well this year with a 7 percent year-over-year sales increase just posted for May.
“We continue to see the SUV segment leading the way, with a best-ever May for RAV4, Highlander, and overall light truck for the Toyota division, where inventory remains at healthy levels for our customers during the summer buying season,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division.
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Toyota Recalls Certain Model Year 2016 and 2017 Tacoma Vehicles
PLANO, Texas, June 1, 2017 – Toyota Motor North America, Inc., announced that it is conducting a safety recall of certain Model Year 2016 and 2017 V6 engine Toyota Tacoma vehicles in the U.S. Approximately 32,000 vehicles are involved.
The V6 engine crankshaft timing rotor in the involved vehicles may have been produced with excessive anti-corrosion coating. This could cause the crank position sensor to malfunction. If this occurs, the vehicle may display a Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL), run roughly, misfire, or in some instances, stall. A stalling condition while driving at higher speeds may increase the risk of a crash.
For all involved vehicles, Toyota dealers will replace the crank position sensors with new ones of an improved design at no cost to customers. All known owners of the involved vehicles will receive a notification by first class mail starting in mid-July.
Information about automotive recalls, including but not limited to the list of involved vehicles, is subject to change over time. For the most up-to-date Safety Recall information on Lexus, Toyota and Scion customers should check their vehicle’s status by visiting http://www.toyota.com/recall and entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Safety Recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at the NHTSA site: safercar.gov/vin. For any additional questions, customer support is also available by calling Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus Customer Service at 1-800-255-3987.