Toyota Recalls Tundra Pickups for Headlights That Catch Fire

Faulty wiring is to blame. Here’s how to get the problem fixed free of charge.

2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Photo: Toyota

Toyota is recalling more than 158,000 Tundra pickup trucks from the 2018 through 2021 model years because their headlights could catch fire. Only trucks with halogen headlights are included in the recall.

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The problem is caused by faulty wiring that incorrectly illuminates both the high- and low-beam bulbs. The bulbs can fail if they stay lit for an extended period of time, or in some cases, the headlight assembly can overheat and catch fire.

According to documents that Toyota provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the automaker is aware of 18 field reports and 47 warranty claims about headlight failures. Of those, nine trucks’ headlights caught fire.

Toyota dealerships will replace the faulty wiring and any damaged part of the headlight assembly, free of charge.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 158,489 Toyota Tundra pickup trucks manufactured between June 6, 2017, and March 24, 2021.

The problem: Because of faulty wiring, both low- and high-beam headlights could illuminate at the same time. This could cause the bulbs to fail, or the headlight assembly to overheat and catch fire.

The fix: Toyota dealerships will replace the faulty wiring, free of charge. 

How to contact the manufacturer: Toyota will contact owners of affected vehicles by mail starting in October. Vehicle owners can also contact Toyota directly at 800-331-4331. 

NHTSA campaign number: 21V688. Toyota’s own numbers for this recall are 21TB06 and 21TA06.

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Despite my love for quirky, old European sedans like the Renault Medallion, it's my passion to help others find a safe, reliable car that still puts a smile on their face—even if they're stuck in traffic. When I'm not behind the wheel or the keyboard, you can find me exploring a new city on foot or planning my next trip.