Toyota Tacoma Trucks Recalled Because Child Seats May Not Be Secure

Improper welds for seat anchors mean that a seat could move in a collision, risking injury

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro rear Photo: Toyota

Toyota is recalling 75,316 Tacoma crew cab pickup trucks from the 2022 and 2023 model years due to concerns that upper child-seat anchors were not properly welded. 

This anchor is used for installing child car seats in the second row with a top tether, which is meant to keep the seat from moving forward in a collision. Trucks with an improper weld for this anchor don’t conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 225 and have an increased risk of injury. 

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Toyota estimates that about 5 percent of the Tacomas built from Oct. 21, 2021, through May 28, 2022, have one or more insufficient spot welds.

Toyota is developing a fix for this flaw and will notify owners when one is available. Notification about this problem is expected to be mailed to owners in mid-September.

There are 130 trucks involved still in dealer inventory. They will not be available for sale until the recall work is completed. 

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 2022-2023 Toyota Tacoma “Double Cab” trucks built from Oct. 21, 2021, through May 28, 2022.

The problem: The upper child-seat anchors in some 2022-2023 Toyota Tacomas may not have been welded sufficiently and may not meet minimum strength requirements. An insufficient weld may allow the child seat to move forward during a sudden stop or crash, increasing the risk of injury.

The fix: The remedy is still being developed. Once one is found, Toyota will notify owners about bringing their trucks to a local dealership for a repair at no cost.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may call Toyota’s customer service at 800-331-4331.

NHTSA campaign number: 22V520000. Toyota’s number for this recall is 22TB09/ 22TA09.

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 a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have one. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.

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Jeff S. Bartlett

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