Toyota has announced a massive recall that has affected thousands of pickup trucks sold in the past three years. If you’ve purchased a Toyota Tundra in the past three years, you could be at risk of encountering the dangerous hardware failure that Toyota has recalled the recent Tundras for.
Read on to determine which vehicles are recalled and what you can do if your vehicle is covered under the recall.
The recall covers around 158,500 2018 through 2021 Toyota Tundra pickup trucks. The issue that leads to the recall is a specific interaction with the halogen lamps that act as the vehicle’s headlights. The current mechanics of the headlamps can allow for the circuits that power both the high- and low-beam illumination to be energized simultaneously.
According to Toyota, an unusual interaction can occur if the high beams are turned on while the vehicle is idling or moving at slow speeds. Should this take place over a long period, the headlight could begin to overheat since both circuits are powered at once. This can lead to a fire risk, which could spread from the headlights into other vehicle components.
In the short-term, drivers of Toyota Tundra pickup trucks from the recalled model years should avoid idling or drive slowly for long periods with their high beams on. It’s easy to avoid if you know that it’s an issue, though the concern for Toyota is that many drivers will be unaware of this issue.
Toyota will begin notifying the drivers of affected vehicles starting on November 1, at which point the auto manufacturer will be offering repairs for affected cars.
Should your vehicle be covered in the recall, don’t worry. Toyota dealerships will be able to inspect your headlamps and see if you’ve been affected by the issue. Should any components have been damaged by overheating, those components can be removed and replaced. To keep the issue from occurring again, mechanics will rewire the engine’s internal wiring harness.
This will prevent the two circuits from being energized at the same time. With this repair effected, vehicles shouldn’t experience overheating, even if they leave their vehicle idling with the headlights turned on to their brightest settings. In the meantime, be careful and don’t use your high beams while moving slowly or idling!