Toyota Tundra Recall

Toyota Tundra Recall: 168,000 Trucks Recalled Over Potential Fuel Leak

In a recent press release, Toyota announced an upcoming recall identified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as 23V-566, affecting a total of 168,179 pickup trucks. This recall encompasses both the combustion-only and hybrid variants of the Tundra. The vehicles in question were manufactured for the 2022 and 2023 model years between November 2021 and July 2023. The core issue involves a plastic fuel tube positioned near brake lines, which could potentially chafe against these brake lines. This friction can lead to fuel leakage, thereby elevating the risk of a vehicle fire.

The remedy involves the installation of a replacement fuel tube with an improved design, along with additional clamps. However, as of the current reporting, the required remedy parts are not yet available. As an interim solution, Toyota dealerships across the nation have been directed to fit a clamp on the plastic fuel tube and utilize protective materials. Toyota has stated that owners will receive notifications via first-class mail by no later than October 29, 2023.

Toyota Tundra Recall
Toyota Tundra Recall

The specific fuel tube assembly implicated carries part number 77209-0C180 and is manufactured by Textron Inc., an industrial conglomerate headquartered in Rhode Island. Notably, Textron Inc. also owns companies such as Cessna and Beechcraft through its subsidiary Textron Aviation.

According to the timeline submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Toyota became aware of this issue in November 2022. At that time, a dealership reported a customer vehicle experiencing fuel leakage from the fuel tube located atop the fuel tank assembly.

A subsequent report followed in January 2023. By August 7, just three days before Toyota issued the press release that led to NHTSA recall number 23V-566, the automaker was already cognizant of 14 field reports and 27 warranty claims related to the described condition.

In the United States market, Toyota saw robust sales of the Tundra, with 59,735 units sold in the first half of 2023, reflecting a 34.8 percent increase over the 44,316 units delivered during the same period in 2022. The pricing for the 2024 model year starts at $39,965 for the turbocharged six-cylinder variant, while the i-FORCE MAX variant begins at $57,625 (excluding the destination charge).

The entry-level trim, the SR, offers the most affordable specification and is available as a Double Cab with an 8.1-foot bed. At the opposite end, the $72,130 TRD Pro and $78,845 Capstone models are exclusively offered with the CrewMax cab and 5.5-foot bed. The off-road and luxury-oriented trims come standard with the hybrid powertrain, producing an impressive 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet (790 Nm) of torque when pushed to its limits.

Interestingly, the i-FORCE MAX stands as the most fuel-efficient powertrain option for the 2024 Tundra. When combined with rear-wheel drive, Toyota claims a fuel efficiency of up to 22 miles per gallon (10.7 liters per 100 kilometers) on the EPA’s combined test cycle for the Limited, Platinum, and 1794 Edition trim levels.

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