Toyota Tacoma Recall

Toyota is recalling 44,121 of its 2018 and 2019 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks because a faulty brake part could make it more difficult to come to a full stop, raising the risk of a crash.

The seal on a brake part could become damaged, allowing brake fluid to leak. As a result, drivers may notice a sudden loss of braking performance or a change in how the brake pedal feels when pressed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Toyota has received reports from some drivers that the brake pedal went all the way down to the floor. This could lead to an increased braking distance, which could lead to a crash.

A Toyota spokesperson refrained from comment when CR asked whether there have been any crashes or injuries related to this issue.  

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The Details

Vehicles recalled: Certain 2018 and 2019 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks manufactured from Feb. 20, 2018, through Nov. 14, 2018.

The problem: These vehicles may have a faulty brake master cylinder. The brake master cylinder converts the force of the brake pedal into hydraulic pressure, which is used to engage the vehicle’s braking system. A seal on the master cylinder may become damaged and leak brake fluid. If fluid leaks, brake performance may suffer.

The fix: According to Toyota, it is “currently preparing the remedy for this condition.” When it becomes available, owners will be instructed to bring their vehicles to a Toyota dealer to have the brake master cylinder repaired, free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners can contact Toyota at 888-270-9371.

NHTSA campaign number: 18V888. Toyota's own numbers for this recall are J16 and J06.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and this recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.

Update: This article was updated on Dec. 21, 2018 to include a new comment from Toyota.