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From Products Liability Law Daily, September 30, 2014

Toyota recalls 790,000 Tacoma pickup trucks over potential fuel leak

By Joe Bichl

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it is recalling 790,000 model year 2005-2011 Tacoma 4x4 and Tacoma Pre-Runner pickup trucks. According to the manufacturer, the rear suspension system can fracture and potentially puncture the gas tank, causing a fuel leak (Toyota Motor Sales Press Release, September 29, 2014).

Specifically, Toyota said that recalled vehicles’ rear suspension system contains “leaf springs” that could break apart from stress and corrosion. Should this occur, and the vehicle continues to be operated, “the broken leaf could move out of position and contact surrounding components, including the fuel tank.”

Toyota said it is not aware of any fires, crashes, injuries or fatalities associated with this defect.

Remedy. Owners of the vehicles involved in this recall will receive a notification by first class mail. Toyota dealers will remedy the condition at no cost to the owner.

Contact information. Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.

Companies: Toyota Motor Sales

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