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Toyota Recalls 2023 Tundra Pickup Truck Over Minor Technical Issue

The problematic XK70 Tundra, regarded as the most troublesome among the three generations, faces yet another recall. However, unlike previous recalls, this one, numbered 23V-633, pertains to a minor noncompliance issue with section 10.2 of federal motor vehicle safety standard 110.

Specifically, the problem centers around incorrect load-carrying capacity modification labels. According to documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, only trucks produced for the 2023 model year with spray-on bed liners are affected by this recall, totaling 21,781 vehicles.

Tundra Pickup Truck
Tundra Pickup Truck

Both traditional combustion-only and hybrid-assisted Tundras are included in the recall. These pickups were manufactured at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas in San Antonio between February 24 and July 7. Toyota attributed the inaccurate weight information on these labels to system errors.

Overloading a vehicle beyond its maximum capacity can increase the risk of accidents, and these labels are required to provide accurate information within one percent of the added weight. Toyota identified this issue during a training exercise and has already directed dealers to replace the labels with updated ones, all at no cost to the vehicle owners. Notifications will be sent to known owners via first-class mail between October 29 and November 12.

The XK70 Tundra, which has been in production since December 2021 for the 2022 model year, marks a departure from V8 power, making it the first Tundra to do so. The previous generation, XK50, was available with either a naturally-aspirated V8 or V6, and the original generation followed a similar pattern. One of the primary reasons for adopting a twin-turbocharged V6 and hybrid assistance is the ongoing effort to improve fleet-average fuel economy, a requirement set by the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations for model year 2026.

The CAFE target for MY26 is an average of 49 miles per gallon (4.8 liters per 100 kilometers), a goal that automakers can achieve by increasing fleet-wide fuel economy by 8 percent for model years 2024 and 2025, followed by a 10 percent increase for model year 2026. While challenging, automakers failing to meet these targets can offset them by purchasing compliance credits.

In terms of fuel efficiency, the 2022-and-newer Tundra holds an advantage over its V8-powered predecessor. The least fuel-efficient XK70 currently in production averages 19 miles per gallon (12.4 liters per 100 kilometers) combined, while the most efficient achieves 22 mpg (10.7 l/100 km). In comparison, the 2021 Tundra with its hefty 5.7-liter V8 engine is rated at 15 to 14 miles per gallon (15.7 to 14.7 liters per 100 kilometers).

The 2024 model year Tacoma’s full-size sibling is now available for configuration, starting at $39,965 for the SR 2WD Double Cab with a 6.5-foot bed. Excluding the destination freight charge, the hybrid-only TRD Pro and Capstone models are listed with base prices of $72,130 and $78,845, respectively.

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