Only weeks after notifying 3.8 million customers that deadly floor mats could cause accelerators to jam wide open, Toyota is set to launch yet another recall.
By comparison, the numbers are more modest, with just 110,000 vehicles involved, but government regulators stepped in when they realized excess rust on Tundra pickups sold during the 2000 through 2003 model-years could lead brakes to fail and spare tires to fall off.
The recall is focused on 20 states, as well as the District of Columbia, where road salts and chemical de-icers are used, during winter months, to clear roadways. They can cause “excessive corrosion,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
That, in turn, can lead to brake system failures or rust away the mounts holding spare tires underneath the vehicle. If tires break loose, the government said, that could create a road hazard for other vehicles. The NHTSA is recommending that until repairs can be made, motorists remove spare tires and store them in the vehicle bed.