2018-2019 Toyota Tacoma Front Brake Performance Reduction Recall J06

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Subject:
Safety Recall J06– Remedy
2018 – 2019 Model Year Tacoma Front Brake Performance Could Be Reduced

On December 13, 2018, Toyota filed a (Defect Information Report (DIR) with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) informing the agency of our intent to conduct a voluntary Safety Recall on certain 2018 – 2019 model year Tacoma vehicles.

Condition:
Due to improper manufacturing processes by a part supplier, a seal in certain brake master cylinders may become damaged over time and leak brake fluid internally. The brake pedal feel could change, and front brake performance could be suddenly reduced. This could result in increased vehicle stopping distance and may increase the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Any authorized Toyota dealer will replace the brake master cylinder with a new one not affected by this condition FREE OF CHARGE.

Covered Vehicles:
There are approximately 44,100 vehicles covered by this Safety Recall. There are 1,100 vehicles distributed to Puerto Rico involved in this Safety Recall.

Owner Letter Mailing Date:
Toyota will begin to notify owners in late January 2019. A sample of the owner notification letter has been included for your reference.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the condition?

Due to improper manufacturing processes by a part supplier, a seal in certain brake master cylinders may become damaged over time and leak brake fluid internally. The brake pedal feel could change, and front brake performance could be suddenly reduced. This could result in increased vehicle stopping distance and may increase the risk of a crash.

What is the brake master cylinder?
When the brakes are applied, the master cylinder converts the pressure that the driver applies to the brake pedal into hydraulic pressure that the braking system uses to apply the brakes and slow the vehicle.

What is Toyota going to do?
Toyota will send an owner notification by first class mail starting in late-January 2019, advising owners to make an appointment with their authorized Toyota dealer to have the brake master cylinder replaced with a new one not affected by this condition FREE OF CHARGE.

Are there any warnings that this condition exists?
No. There are no warnings that this condition exists. However, if this condition occurs, the customer could experience a change in the brake pedal feel and front brake performance could be suddenly reduced.

Which and how many vehicles are covered by this Safety Recall?
There are approximately 44,100 vehicles covered by this Safety Recall.

Are all Tacoma vehicles in the production period described above covered by this Safety Recall in the U.S.?
No. The Tacoma vehicles involved in this Safety Recall were built with affected brake master cylinders that were produced with combinations of improper part machining operations at one supplier facility and casting variations at another of its facilities. Some Tacoma vehicles built within the production period mentioned above are not involved in this Safety Recall because they were not built with affected brake master cylinders.

How long will the repair take?
The repair takes approximately one and one-half hours. However, depending upon the dealer’s work schedule, it may be necessary to make the vehicle available for a longer period of time.

What if I have additional questions or concerns?
If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1- 888-270-9371 Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday 7:00 am to 4:30 pm Central Time.
 
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