October 30, 2001
Toyota Motor Company, Ltd. Recalls 1999-2000 Tacoma
and Tundra Trucks
Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting
1999-2000 Tacoma and Tundra trucks manufactured between May 1999 - August
Number Involved: 70,717
This recall is for trailer towing wire harness converters installed by
dealers or for installation on 1999-2000 Toyota
Tundra and Tacoma vehicles. The connectors integrate the vehicle's
taillights, brake lights, and turn signal lights with those equipped on the
trailer, are defective. Affected part numbers are: PT207-34000, PT207-34002,
PT207-04981, and PT214-04985. In the Tundra vehicles, the circuitry utilized
in the converter was inadequate to properly manage vehicle and trailer-side
voltage spikes. If the converter is exposed to a voltage spike, it may cause
an electrical short or open circuit within the converter. In the Tacoma
vehicles, due to deficient waterproofing and improper installation location
of the converter, which is mounted in the lower portion of the tailgate
cavity of the vehicle, an electrical short circuit will occur if water
enters the converter housing. An electrical short or open circuit can cause
a fault in the converter and a non-operational condition of the trailer
lights. A vehicle crash can occur, possibly resulting in personal injury or
death, if the vehicle is driven without operational trailer lights.
Dealers will notify the customers and install a redesigned trailer towing
wire harness converter. The manufacturer has reported that owner
notification would begin during September 2001. Owners who do not receive
the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Toyota at
[NHTSA Recall No. 01E041]
Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list
auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA
CAMPAIGN ID Number.
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.
Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!
How many did you hear
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