Plano, TX – August 3, 2022 – Toyota (NYSE:TM) is recalling 75,316 2022 – 2023 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks with faulty child restraint systems, which increase the risk of an injury to the child in the event of a crash.
Almost all vehicles manufactured since 2022 are equipped with the LATCH system for securing car seats. The system includes lower anchors and upper anchors.
The lower anchors are the primary attachment points for a child’s car seat. The upper anchors, which are located behind the seat, attach to a tether on a front-facing car seat. The tether keeps the car seat from tipping forward in the event of a collision or sudden braking.
In the subject vehicles, due a change in the welding process, the upper child seat anchor was not sufficiently welded to the vehicle’s frame. This means that the child seat could tip forward in the event of a collision.
The defect increases the risk of injury to the seat’s occupant.
While the manufacturer does not explicitly state it, parents should be able to still secure their children using the retractor system.
Other recent Toyota recalls
There are no other major Toyota Tacoma recalls for the 2022-2023 model-years. However, in November 2020, there was a Toyota truck recall because of faulty fuel pumps, according to the National Transportation Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall included the 2017-2020 Tacoma trucks, as well as Lexus, Camry and Corolla vehicles.
As of July 14 this year, over 200,000 of these cars were still in the need of repair. Use our free vehicle lookup tool to see if yours is one of them.
While Toyota does not appear to have any other outstanding child seat anchor recalls, there was a recall in September of last year caused by faulty retractors. Read more here.
Toyota has yet to finalize the remedy program. Owners will receive letters with more information between September 2, 2022 and September 15, 2022. All repairs will be free of charge.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
More than 70,000 vehicles are included in this Toyota recall. To perform a Toyota recall check on your vehicle, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.